Emmitsburg, Maryland

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Emmitsburg was founded in 1785 and is in Frederick County, Maryland, United States, just south of the Mason-Dixon line separating Maryland from Pennsylvania.

Emmitsburg's population was 2,290 at the 2000 census. It is the home of Mount St. Mary's University. The National Emergency Training Center, The National Fallen FireFighter's Memorial and Emergency Management Institute are also located in Emmitsburg on the former campus of St. Joseph's College.

The current mayor of Emmitsburg is James E. "Jim" Hoover. The current commissioners are Glenn Blanchard, Pat Joy, Tim O'Donnell, Chris Staiger and Cliff Sweeney.



Emmitsburg was the site the Union had originally fortified to stop the Confederate invasion of the North in June 1863 during the American Civil War. Half the town was burned to the ground in a mysterious fire on the night of June 23. Folklore has it that 'The Great Fire,' as it was known, was started by a Union sympathizer to prevent advancing Confederates from taking supplies from the town. However fate spared the town a battle between the opposing forces, which instead took place 12 miles north of it in Pennsylvania near the town of Gettysburg. The town was briefly held by the retreating Confederates on July 4.


Emmitsburg is located at 39°42′17″N 77°19′31″W / 39.70472°N 77.32528°W / 39.70472; -77.32528 (39.704697, -77.325294)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,290 people, 811 households, and 553 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,992.9 people per square mile (768.8/km²). There were 862 housing units at an average density of 750.2/sq mi (289.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.16% White, 0.87% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.44% of the population.

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