Origin of Fountain Rock Park
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About the Park
Native American Indians used rivers, streams, and creeks as highways to help them navigate in their hunting and traveling. Their villages would also be located close to water sources because of their importance in everyday life.
For this reason, it is possible that the land of Fountain Rock Park was utilized by Native Americans because of the powerful spring and its close proximity to the Monocacy River.
Large quantities of artifacts have been found less than a mile from the park in an area referred to as the Biggs Ford Site which was placed on the Maryland register in 1969. It is now on private property and inaccessible to the public. State archaeologists dug in the fall of 1969 and the spring of 1970. They brought in equipment from a bridge being constructed over the Monocacy River at the time. An 18’ x 400’ trench was dug and nine burial sites were discovered.
Unfortunately, much of the ground at the park has been disturbed by the limestone quarrying industry and the additional fill soil that was brought in for the fish hatchery operation between 1975 and 1983. No Indian artifacts have been found at the park to date.
During prohibition, more than one reliable source has indicated that Fountain Rock Park was the location of several whiskey stills. The pure spring water was excellent for this type of production. There is talk of a cave somewhere in the back of the quarry property, which has now collapsed, that housed and produced home-made brew.
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