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You are Invited to the Saylor House

Posted on:Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 @ 3:56 pm

Photo by Kevin G Gilbert, Herald Mail Newspaper, Hagerstown, MD

Special “Before Restoration” HOUSE TOUR for WCHT members and Friends Sunday, October 16, 2016      1 to 4 pm (Free of Charge) After 60 years of neglect, until recently this historic stone building was virtually inaccessible. Thanks to hard work by WCHT members and others, you can take advantage of this rare opportunity to …

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Early Bird Notice for WCHT Members and Followers. . . . It’s Here, it’s finally here!

Posted on:Friday, September 30th, 2016 @ 9:11 am

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Rebel of ’61 by Joseph R. Stonebraker  $24.95 Annotated and edited by Sandra D. Izer for WCHT (2016) 264 pages of history (softcover) over 100 illustrations, maps, and photographs Rare 1823 “Battle of Funkstown” poem by Thomas Kennedy republished for the first time in almost 200 years Glossary and Index and much more! Stonebraker and …

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212 – Cool Hollow House, circa 1850, south of Funkstown, MD

Posted on:Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 @ 2:28 pm

Photo by Kevin Gilbert/Herald-Mail.

Antietam Creek swings close to Old National Pike near the western end of Cool Hollow Road near Beaver Creek. A handsome white-painted brick house, laid in American bond, with interior brick chimneys stands on the narrow strip of land between the creek and the west side of the pike. Five bays wide, the main block …

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Saylor House, Circa 1800, Hagerstown, MD

Posted on:Sunday, May 29th, 2016 @ 1:00 pm


In 2007, planning for a new business park began in Hagerstown. The 29-acre parcel slated for development stands along Jefferson Boulevard, east of Eastern Boulevard from where Diamond Drive and Professional Court lead. Antietam Creek curls around the eastern margins of this section, its banks choked in weeds and scrub brush. A large bank barn …

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Donnelly House, circa 1815, south of Williamsport, MD

Posted on:Sunday, May 29th, 2016 @ 12:18 pm

Photo by George Franks

Falling Waters Road undulates over rolling farmland moving west from Spielman Road to the Potomac River. As it curls past a bluff on the north, the corner of an old brick house, obscured behind a tall thicket of evergreens, appears briefly. Before it, a narrow gravel drive separates from the road, climbs the bluff to …

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“The Plan” for the Saylor House

Posted on:Saturday, May 28th, 2016 @ 10:15 pm


When determined preservationists present an idea benefiting the community to receptive government leaders, the result is “The Plan.” Occasionally, we are pleased to say, it works.     Hagerstown City Council Approves MOU Last week the Mayor and City Council of Hagerstown voted to approve a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with members of the Washington County Historical …

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SAYLOR UPDATE – Opening of Kiwanis Park

Posted on:Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 @ 4:39 pm


WCHT (Washington County Historical Trust) and ACWA (Antietam-Conococheague Watershed Alliance) are proud to announce a success story in the making. Members from both organizations (supported by numerous concerned individuals for whose support we are forever indebted),  appeared before the Hagerstown Mayor and City Council meeting last week where they presented a plan for an adaptive reuse …

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St. Patrick’s Day in Funkstown – or The Battle of Funkstown 1823

Posted on:Thursday, March 17th, 2016 @ 2:16 pm

St Patricks Day

For you, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, an excerpt from Rebel of ’61. In his 1899 book Rebel of ’61, the author, Joseph R. Stonebraker, told of a riot on St. Patrick’s Day 1823 in the quiet little town of Funkstown on St. Patrick’s Day. Stonebraker had heard that Thomas Kennedy wrote a humorous poem about the event, but regretted that …

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Save the Saylor!

Posted on:Monday, March 7th, 2016 @ 4:42 pm

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Near the Antietam Creek just east of the newly developed Hagerstown Light Business Park, in the new Kiwanis Park, a circa 1800 stone house stands off the beaten-path, unused, and untended for half a century. (Click here for Google Map of the Site) Inaccurately called the Loose House, this dwelling should be correctly referred to …

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Summer Picnic Meeting 2015

Posted on:Sunday, August 16th, 2015 @ 3:31 pm

Early undated photo of Old Forge Farm in  "as found" condition

  2015 Meeting of the Washington County Historical Trust Sunday, August 23rd at 4 pm Old Forge Farm, Hagerstown, MD Who can attend this meeting? Any member of the WCHT, and those with a passion for preservation  OLD FORGE FARM  20702 Old Forge Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742, United States Summer food is the fare for the afternoon …

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