The Bridges of Washington County: spanning work and nature
Here is an opportunity to pass through two centuries of American history as seen through the eyes of the Scottish-Presbyterian Bridges Clan. Robert Ferguson emigrated from Scotland in 1816 and settled in the small mountain town of Hancock, Maryland. He struggled to find his way as a farmer, and he co-founded the Hancock Presbyterian Church in the tradition of his forefathers from Scotland. His son Robert Bridges would find fortune in the production of cement and mining silica glass sand. At his death in 1908, he was the wealthiest man in western Maryland and the father of eleven children.Robert?s son Henry P. Bridges would become an acclaimed industrialist and conservationist. Bridges is credited with building a NYSE-traded company, Pennsylvania Glass Sand Corporation, the largest supplier of silica sand in the United States. But Bridges? real interest was the wild turkey, which he raised at the renowned Woodmont Rod and Gun Club. The club was founded in the 1870s. Among its guests were six American presidents, Amos & Andy, Babe Ruth and Gene Tunney. Bridges devoted his life to repopulating the wild turkey in North America. Though he succeeded, his story is virtually unknown. Finally, this family story spanning 200 years is told in all its extraordinary detail, from Scotland to Maryland to Tennessee.
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