Ronald L. Andrews
Six Mile House
National Pike (US 40), Cumberland, Allegany County
The Six Mile House is a c. 1830s-1840s, 2 1/2-story brick structure with a later one-story porch, now enclosed, across the north facade. The gable roof was probably replaced since construction as the overhang is wider than normal for this period of building. The roof, with flush end chimneys, also has decorated bargeboards. Facing north, the principal facade has six bays. The main entranceway, now covered, is in the third bay from the east and has a doorway directly above on the second story. The principal windows have double-hung wooden sashes with 6/6 lights on the first floor and 9/6 lights on the second story. The exterior appears to retain much of its original fabric.
The Six Mile House appears to date from the 1830s or 1840s. It is typical in style of other inns in western Maryland, but has the interesting feature of 9/6 light windows on the second floor and 6/6 windows on the first. There were once dozens of inns and taverns along the National Road and the Baltimore Pike. Today, with the greatly lessened travel along these roads, few of these remain. The Six Mile House is one of eleven Maryland Inns on the National Road that have been listed on the National Register. These eleven buildings in Allegany and Garrett Counties, many of them still serving their original function, stand as the physical remains of the almost legendary hospitality offered on this well-traveled route to the west.