Before 1940, questions were asked which Indian tribes were here in our county. By 1941, scientists identified remnants and evidence of settlements scattered along principal water ways. In areas where fertile bottom lands were easily tilled and herds of deer and buffalo found rich grazing pastures, Iroquoian, Catalan and Delaware tribes were identified, such as the Erie and Cat nations.
A Piedmont Herald Feb. 25, 1932, article noted that Scharf’s History of Western Maryland published in 1883 mentioned the Piedmont and Westernport area. Western Port was a struggling hamlet on a Native American thoroughfare from Winchester, Virginia, to Morgantown.