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Wood Window Repair & Weatherization Workshop in Frederick

Posted on:Friday, April 17th, 2015 @ 2:36 pm

Fox Deceived Farm, circa 1793, window

May 16, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Wood Window Repair & Weatherization Workshop David Gibney presents a wood window workshop at Staley Park, Frederick MD 11 W. 10th Street, Frederick, MD Frederick, MD –  The City of Frederick Historic Preservation Commission will be hosting a wood window repair and weatherization workshop on Saturday, …

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Tax Credit Seminar at Hagerstown, MD

Posted on:Thursday, April 9th, 2015 @ 8:26 am

Seibert - Fernsler House circa 1790-1810, Black Rock, Hagerstown, MD

APRIL 23, 2015 @ 6:30 pm FINANCIAL BENEFITS OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION A seminar on Tax Credits at Washington County Free Library 100 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD   Layering Federal, State, County and Municipal incentives for historic preservation projects. Join the Hagerstown Historic District Commission and preservation staff from the State and region for an …

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98 – Prince of Germany, circa 1810-1840, north of Smithsburg, MD

Posted on:Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 10:27 pm

The house on Bradbury Avenue, along the fringes of Smithsburg, looks like so many other simple, everyman homes in the county. It sits close to the road, covered in cream-painted asbestos shingles, with simple, blue trim. The main section is a two-story, three-bay block with a story-and-a-half wing to its right. The front windows have …

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65 – Sunshine Hill, built 1910, Hancock, MD.

Posted on:Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 10:26 pm

Built in 1910, Sunshine Hill was made of the most modern materials—stones cast of concrete. Photo by Richard T. Meagher/Herald Mail Company.

    West of Hancock, a private driveway turns off Main Street and climbs a steep hill to an imposing home set well back from the road. Two-story coupled columns carry a portico above the entrance to the mansard slate roof, while two lower porches with smaller columns flare beyond either side of the house …

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Potomac House, Williamsport, MD

Posted on:Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 10:19 pm

The (now demolished) Potomac House, circa 1820. Williamsport, MD. Photo courtesy Preservation Maryland

  Epitaph In the spring of 2014 the Potomac House property was demolished. Williamsport now offers one of the largest, brightest, and overwhelming Sheetz stores in the county. The Sheetz Store is the first structure to greet travelers when they enter “historic downtown” Williamsport. Despite the loss of yet another irreplaceable historic structure, the town council of …

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32 – Stafford Hall, circa 1840, east of Clear Spring, MD

Posted on:Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:58 pm

East of Clear Spring, on Cohill Road, a large, two-story, white-painted brick house sits on a rise that is shaded by old trees and softened by mature shrubs. The center section of this home is three bays wide. In the middle bay, a wide transom and sidelights with double rectangular panes surround the formal eight-panel …

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2 – Wilson Bridge 1819 and Wilson Store c1847, east of Clear Spring, MD.

Posted on:Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:56 pm

Wilson's Bridge

West of Hagerstown, Route 40 narrows to two lanes as it pushes into the countryside. Tidy homes, farmsteads and small businesses line the way in a random mix that is common along country roads. Near the entrance to Hagerstown Speedway, a small road Y’s to the right and slopes to a barrier. A marker proclaims, …

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Kammerer House, 1774, North Washington County, MD

Posted on:Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:42 pm

Kammerer House, 1774

Just south of the Pennsylvania state line near Interstate 81, the efficient, modern buildings of Citicorp are fanned out around an 18th century farmstead. Tucked in the center of this banking complex at the corner of two new streets is the story-and-a-half stone house that Ludwig Kammerer built in 1774 and the frame barn that …

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54 – Lehman’s Mill Farm House, circa 1800, north Washington County, MD

Posted on:Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:38 pm

Lehman’s Mill Road winds east from Marsh Pike near the Pennsylvania border and soon enters Lehman’s Mill Historic District. The earliest structure in this collection of mill buildings is the farmhouse. Located on the north side of the road, across from the mill and a little to the east, this eight-bay, stuccoed stone house with …

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36 – Brightwood, circa 1802-1829, north Washington County, MD

Posted on:Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:38 pm

Marsh Pike runs north from Hagerstown roughly following the path of Marsh Run. Two miles past Paramount Road, on the right side of the pike, Blue Heron Lane leads east through fields and brush. A few feet from its beginning, this narrow road changes to gravel as it pushes into the countryside, passing an isolated …

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