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  CEUD MILE FAILTE" (which is Gaelic for one hundred thousand welcomes) to the House of Kindness, Thistle Stop, New Market, Maryland, formerly the National Hotel and Stage Office. The original hotel sign that now hangs in the hallway and is dated 1840 on the reverse side indicates that the building was used as the National Hotel on or before that date. The building stands at number 5 on West Main Street which was the historic National Pike or Highway, and at one time the main road leading to the Ohio Territory and points west.

 The building has been used as a hotel, stage office, tavern, post office, library, general store, and it is presently used as a Scottish import shop, antique shop, law office, and the residence of the present owners, Gordon R. Kindness and Isabella C. Kindness. It bears a Frederick County Landmarks Foundation plate numbered 011, and it is in the New Market Historic District which was entered in the National Register on December 6, 11‑975. The State of Maryland has also registered the New Market Historic District.

 In front of the main building is a small brick platform topped with a stone slab. This was used to assist people to mount their horses, and to enter and leave the stage coaches that traveled the old National Pike.

 The main building was constructed in four stages. The old kitchen with the large fire place in the rear of the first floor, the adjacent room and the two rooms above them are the oldest part of the building and are believed to have been built about 1798 which would have been five years after the town was laid out or subdivided in 1793. The two additions were added in the early 1800's in front of, and to the east of the original building. The courtyard and the present living room above it were added relatively recently.

 The courtyard is said to contain four thousand bricks taken from a grist mill that once stood in Monrovia, a neighbor­ing village. The centerpiece of the courtyard is a grinding stone taken from the same mill. The smoke house is located just off the courtyard, and it is believed to be as old as the original part of the main building.

 There are also two other buildings on the premises of more recent origin one of which has the separate street number 7.

Note:  This history was obtained from Mr. and Mrs. Kindness who have owned the Stier house since 1977.  Mr. Kindness has been visited by other Stier family members, and says that one Stier descendant (an older lady from Annapolis, possibly Aline Stier) told him that Wallis Warfield Simpson used to play at the house as a child.

I have a deed to the house which states that Hamilton Stier bought the property in 1839.



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