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image by Masao Okazaki, 28 June 2019
Flag was posted to FOTW FB page by Valentin Poposki:
Article about the flag:
Clarksburg Raises Town Flag on Historic Site
September 20, 2016 by Kevin O’Rourke
Clarksburg is one of the oldest towns in Montgomery County. According to the Clarksburg Historical Society, the town began as a crossroads of Native American trails in 1752. The first post office in Clarksburg opened some years later in the 1780s, and 264 years later the town of Clarksburg is thriving under its own flag, which proudly flies over the most historically significant land in town, the site of Dowden’s Ordinary, which is at the corner of Frederick Road and Stringtown Road.
The flag was designed by Shaneea Peek, and was selected from numerous entries after the Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce held a flag design contest in 2015, which was overseen by the Clarks. The ceremony was held last Thursday, Sept. 15 at the park which marks the location where Dowden’s Ordinary, which was what taverns or inns were known as back in the 1700s. The original “ordinary” was built on the site in 1753 as a stop for travelers on between Georgetown and Frederick. In colonial times Frederick Road was one of the few roads that ran west towards the mountains. The site was home to many significant events in the America’s early history – Michael Dowden, the inn’s owner, was the catalyst for the Repudiation Act of 1765. The tavern was a regular meeting place for the local Sons of Liberty who met during the revolutionary war, and Dowden’s Ordinary is the only known French and Indian War site in Montgomery County.
“I wanted the design to be clean and simplistic, yet capture the true essence of Clarksburg,” said Peek about her flag. “I found the Maryland State Flag to be an obvious and necessary inclusion in the design because what better city to represent Maryland than Clarksburg. Clarksburg was, and continues to be, a city that thrives on the idea of diverse community harmoniously living, working shopping and thriving together. The tree in my design represents the community, life and continued growth of Clarksburg. The silhouette of the building is Dowden’s Ordinary, one of the most historical sites in Clarksburg. With Dowden’s Ordinary being captured on the flag we will forever remember the historic moments which took place in our city. My design is a blend of traditional and contemporary, which I believe is the true embodiment of Clarksburg — past, present, and future.”
Masao Okazaki, 28 June 2019