Sang Run State Park Digital Collection Book II

The Day Book of Elijah Friend’s Store (1839-1846)

ISBN: 978-1-7923-0312-8
By: Smith, Patrick


The Sang Run State Park rests in one of the most picturesque valleys of Western Maryland. The park is comprised of eighty-one-acre plot known as Friend’s Delight. The original 256-acre tract rests on both sides of the Youghiogheny River and was first surveyed by Paul Hoye in 1774. John Friend, Sr. purchased a one-hundred-acre section Northeast of the Youghiogheny River in 1799. His son (John Friend, Jr.) would establish a homestead and transform the wilderness into farm. Friend’s Delight was conveyed to John, Jr. in 1808, setting a tradition of transferring the farm from one Friend to the next for over 200 years. The homestead began as a log cabin but has be remodeled over the years. David Harrison Friend, grandson of John Sr., would establish a general store. John Ellwood “Jack” Hinebaugh was the last Friend to own Friend’s Delight, passing away in 2001. The State of Maryland took possession of the homestead, farm, store and the remaining eighty-one acres of Friend’s Delight in 2002 and designated it as a the Sang Run State Park in 2017. The Friend’s store would serve as the visitor’s center. A large collection of pictures, personal letters, certificates, documents and old land deeds have been gathered at the park and date to the earliest times of Friend’s Delight. The park employees have scanned most into digital images (Sang Run State Park Digital Collection) and transferred the originals to the Discovery Center at McHenry, MD. These images have been organized into two books. The first book contains a brief history of Sang Run and Friend’s Delight, with the majority of the digital images were folded into this book called Sang Run State Park Digital Collection Book I. This second book is comprised of The Day Book of Elijah Friend’s Store (1839-1846). Elijah was the son of John Friend, Jr. who had setup a store across the road from the current visitor center. While the store and Elijah Friend property is not part of the state park, the store ledger is in the park’s collection. Elijah’s log-style store building served as a post office for Sang Run, with this ledger focusing on 1840 to 1841. Elijah died in a barn raising accident in 1869 and the original store burnt down shortly afterwards. Elijah’s sons, Richard Friend (Dick) and Salmon P. Chase Friend (Chase), would rebuild the store and continue as Sang Run’s postmasters. Florence (Kimmell) Hoye, who was raised Dick and Chase, became the postmaster after their deaths. This books begins with a brief history of the Friend family starting with Nils (Nicholas) Larsson Friend (Frande), the patriarch of the American Friend family, and ending with Elijah Friend. The goal of this book is to preserve this record from the Sang Run’s past. This information and its preservation have a special importance to me, for Elijah Friend was my third great grandfather. Pat Smith (Sept 2019)


Patrick Smith

Patrick Thomas Smith was born in Oakland, Maryland and grew up in Western Maryland. Pat is a graduate of Frostburg State College (B.S.), West Virginia University (M.S.) and Texas A&M University (Ph.D.). Pat has published over fifty books on the Friend Family and is currently working on additional books. Pat is the 2x great grandson of Joseph Harrison Friend and Florence L. Friend, a member of the Friend Family Association of America and lives in Frederick, Maryland.