With Halloween just around the corner it seems appropriate to give you a little of the background information. I have to add that though the town is real, the movie is just a movie, pure fiction and the legend of Blair Witch is fake. Burkittsville is a small, sleepy, historic village nestled between two Civil War battlefields in central Maryland. Yet Burkittsville is visited annually by thousands of movie and witchcraft fans just wanting to see for themselves.
Nestled among the quaint small towns and rolling hills of Frederick County it was named after an early settler by the name of Henry Burkitt. Burkittsville remains a portrait of what life must have been like in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Main Street flourished with places of worship, residences, and stores while being surrounded by fields, mountainous views and a dense wood to the west. The "dense wood" of course features prominently in The Blair Witch Project.
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In September of 1862, Union troops forced residents to flee as the "Battle of Crampton's Gap" commenced which led to the "Battle of Antietam". The homes that were used by the Union Sixth Army Corps for hospitals and shelter remain untouched by time and war.
Three years post war in 1865, George Alfred Townsend, a noted Maryland author took up residence in Burkittsville. In the years to come he would play an instrumental role in the creation of the War Correspondents Arch, which stands at Crampton's Gap in the Gathland State Park.Today, the residents of Burkittsville lead their lives surrounded by beauty and nature.