Architectural & Historic Treasures

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

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

St Patricks Day

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. Stonebraker had heard that Thomas Kennedy wrote a humorous poem about the event, but regretted that he could not locate a …

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Save the Saylor!

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

Saylor Ext 2

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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141 – Rockland Farm, 1773. Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Saturday, April 25th, 2015 @ 3:31 pm

"Rockland Farm MD1" by Acroterion - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

  Fiddlersburg is a small community on the eastern fringes of Hagerstown. The main street, Antietam Drive, has been supplanted by Eastern Boulevard and the railroad crossing closed so that it comes to an abrupt dead end. The neighborhood is quiet. Small houses are tucked along both sides of the street with wide gaps for …

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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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