Adaptive Reuse of Historic Resources

A Effort to Save History; BKG still endangered. Update Summer 2015.

Posted on: Monday, July 13th, 2015 @ 9:29 am

The Hagerstown Airport permitted
"demolition by neglect" to this magnificent pierced-end brick barn until forced to require the farmer using it to do maintenance.

Why can’t history and progress cohabitate peacefully? The Brumbaugh-Kendle-Grove (BKG) Farmstead sits across the road from Hagerstown Airport on land acquired to expand the runway in 1999.  The farm was purchased by the Washington County Commissioners with grants from the FAA. As such, it is required to be used only for aviation purposes. The Federal …

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61 – Valencia, circa 1925, Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 16th, 2015 @ 9:14 am

There it sits, on Potomac Avenue, a froth of pink stucco, shaped parapets, tile roofs and bells–a relic of the Spanish Mission heritage we never had. Perhaps because of its incongruity, there is a special charm about Valencia. Until 1925, girls attended high school at the Broadway School, boys went to Surrey School across from …

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136 – Elmwood Farm, circa 1858, east of Williamsport, MD

Posted on: Friday, March 6th, 2015 @ 8:52 am

Elmwood Farm, after Restoration, fall 2014

  Interstate 81 cut through the original road from Williamsport to Boonsboro, leaving a section of the old route, now named Kendle Road, still passing through fields and among farms. A long straight lane angles southwest from Kendle Road through a treeless landscape to an early farmstead. Behind a section of original white fence with …

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1 – Doub’s Mill, circa 1811-1821, Beaver Creek east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 @ 9:20 am

Doub's Mill mill wheel

The millrace enters the mill at the rear of the building. [for a larger view click on the image] Traveling east, Beaver Creek Road settles into a gentle valley. To the right stands a stone barn — the first minion of the delightful Doub’s Mill Historic District. This collection of stone and frame buildings is …

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99 – Pry Mill, circa 1820, west of Keedysville, MD

Posted on: Sunday, March 1st, 2015 @ 3:12 pm

Pry Mill in Keedysville

Just above the confluence of Little Antietam and Antietam Creeks in the southern part of the county, Keedysville Road makes a sharp turn and heads east along the north bank of Little Antietam Creek. A small community of buildings gathers at this turn in the road, remnants of a commercial complex that developed in the …

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89 – Ferry Hill, circa 1812, southwest of Sharpsburg, MD

Posted on: Sunday, March 1st, 2015 @ 2:52 pm

Ferry Hill Plantation House. Photo by Joe Crocetta/Herald-Mail Company

High on a cliff above the Potomac, an imposing brick home stands sentinel across from Shepherdstown. Early settlers coming down the valley from York, Pennsylvania, forded the Potomac at Packhorse Ford, about a mile-and-a-half south of this cliff. As time passed, a better means of crossing was needed; and, in 1765, Thomas Van Swearingen established …

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83 – The Barn at Black Rock, circa 1790-1820, Black Rock east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Sunday, March 1st, 2015 @ 2:34 pm

The Barn at Black Rock. An 18th century stone barn rehabilitated to a residence.  Photo by Joe Crocetta/Herald-Mail Company

Barns are an important part of our landscape, great, sweeping structures that evoke an earlier time. They speak to us of our forebears; individuals who could raise the great beams that would frame the barn, stalwart men and women who faced and tamed the frontier. These magnificent icons that once dominated our landscape, that are …

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42 – Miller’s Tavern, circa 1823, east of Clear Spring, MD

Posted on: Sunday, October 26th, 2014 @ 8:38 am

Built in 1823 by John Miller along the busy National Pike, today Miller’s Tavern is being carefully restored by another family of Millers to be a bed and breakfast and gift shop. Photo by Kevin Finnin. 2002

In the first quarter of the 19th century, the westward movement was changing the face and the character of the country. Roads were built to carry pioneers west to new lands and their products east to markets. One of the major trails of this migration was from Baltimore to Wheeling, West Virginia, through western Maryland, …

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