Adaptive Reuse of Historic Resources

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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“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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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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