Smithsburg-Leitersburg Area

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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113 – Rohrer House Farm, circa 1770, east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:36 pm

Hopscotch Lane winds north from Trovinger Mill Road, a vestige of an early road that ran between Rohrers Mill and Old Forge Road, fording the Antietam. On the left side of this old roadway is a farmstead behind a white three-board fence. A great frame bank barn set on stone foundations dominates the quiet scene …

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90 – Trovinger Mill, 1771, east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:36 pm

When the mill was built in 1771, it was Jacob Rohrer’s Mill. It lay along a road that ran from Hagerstown to the forge that was a mile and a half upstream. The abutments for a bridge over the creek still stand near the mill, but the road has long since disappeared along much of …

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26 – Huckleberry Hall, circa 1787, north of Smithsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

In the rolling orchard country north of Smithsburg, Poplar Grove Road branches off from Durberry and descends a gentle grade into a broad plain cut through by the Little Antietam Creek. The remnants of the stone mill lie ahead on the left where the creek crosses under the road. Well back from the right side …

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121 – Bowman’s Mill, 1789-1801, south of Leitersburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

In the hollow where Little Antietam Creek crosses under Smithsburg Leitersburg Road, a cluster of buildings hugs the road. This is George Bowman’s legacy, and home of some of his descendants. The buildings are neat and well cared for, the lawns lush. Two solid stone buildings dominate the scene. The larger one was the mill, …

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88 – The Maples on Oswald Lane, circa 1791, east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:33 pm

Oswald Lane presses east from Whitehall Road into fields behind the Chewsville Community Center. After nearly half a mile, this private road makes a right angle turn and dips to a complex of farm buildings, an island of history. This is one of the few farms in the county that still belongs to a descendant …

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12 – White Oak Forrest, late 18th century, east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:32 pm

Beyond the eastern edge of Hagerstown lies a random collection of modest homes grouped about a crossroads called Fiddlersburg. Down a long lane past a row of mailboxes and a chained pasture gate lie the stone ruins of an 18th century farm, barely visible on a winter’s day behind the bare branches of a grove …

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9 – The Maples, circa 1800, near Chewsville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:32 pm

The drive from Interstate 70 toward Smithsburg along Route 66 is serene and beautiful. Open spaces and well-tended fields gather along the road, and orchards climb the side of South Mountain. Well-kept farms appear at regular intervals, and clusters of new homes rise now and then. South of Cavetown, at the corner of Chewsville Road, …

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10 – The Willows, circa 1800-1825, near Chewsville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:31 pm

The great red brick barn stands sentinel along Route 66 south of Cavetown, its ends pierced with diamond patterns in the brickwork–a lovely solution to the mundane problem of ventilating a barn and a testament to the taste and station of its builder. Beyond the barn an array of well-kept outbuildings surround a cream-colored brick …

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102 – Bald Barrons, circa 1812, east of Hagerstown, MD

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

The stone farmhouse at the corner of Old Forge and Beck Roads dates from 1812, a time of transition from the Colonial to Federal styles of architecture. It is set angled at the corner of the two roads, facing them with a cross-gable that is dominated on the attic level by a large, oval window …

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