Location: State Line, Antrim Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States
History of Middleburg/State Line, Antrim Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania
State Line, Pennsylvania is located in southern Franklin County, adjacent to the boarder with Maryland, along the Mason-Dixon Line. The attached map shows Antrim County in about 1850 (drawn in 1858). The blue are may be
Antrim Township was settled by those of European ancestry as early as 1734. James Johnston, who passed in 1765, is purportedly one of the earliest settlers in 1735. By 1751 there were 128 families living in Antrim Township on the taxable list.
Franklin County was officially created September 9, 1784 from Cumberland County. The first Will recorded in Franklin County was from Michael Miller of Antrim Township, written September 28, 1784.
The first settler to build a house in State Line was Jack Wolgamot. The area was called "Spiglersburg" at the time. Wolgamot is said to have build his house on the state line with one-half in Maryland and the other half in Pennsylvania. This was supposedly to cause havoc with officers who occasionally came to see him. But later, when the state line was surveyed, in ended up that all of his house excepting his Chimney lay in Maryland.
The village of Middleburg was founded by Jackob Stricker in 1812. The name "Middleburg" came from the fact that the village is located halfway between Green Castle, Pennsylvania and Hagerstown, Maryland.
The State Line Post Office was establish February 9, 1830. David Brumbaugh, Jr. was the first postmaster. The office was discontinued from February 13, 1845 until January 6, (1851?). It has been operating since that time.
US Highway 81 runs through Middleburg in a North-South Direction.
- Library of Congress (original map)
- History of Franklin County, Pennsylvania: Containing a history of the county, its townships, towns, villages, schools, churches, Industries, etc.; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; Biographies; History of Pennsylvania, Statistical and Miscellaneous Matter, Etc., Etc. Chicago, IL: Warner, Beers, & Co., 1887. archive.org
- M'Cauley, I.H. Historical sketch of Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA: Patriot publishing company, 1878. archive.org
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