Smithsburg-Leitersburg Area

130 – Dry Spring Farm, 1824, near Chewsville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:29 pm

Kieffer Funk Road doglegs between Jefferson Boulevard and White Hall Road, east of Hagerstown. It runs through the margins of the city and pushes into farmland. On the east side of the road, behind a fringe of old trees and nestled among a collection of old farm buildings, is a handsome brick home resting on …

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55 – Stoneridge, circa 1830-1850, south of Leitersburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:29 pm

Northeast of Hagerstown, Clopper Road twists along Antietam Creek, then crosses the stream on a narrow bridge. It is a picturesque scene: rolling hills, tall trees, waterfowl and sometimes a flock of wild turkeys. On a bluff above the creek at the margin of the woods, adjoining open pastures stands Stoneridge, a stuccoed stone and …

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53 – The Leiter House, circa 1846, Leitersburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:28 pm

It’s the gray house with blue shutters on Leitersburg’s Main Street just off the square–solid, brick, tucked right against the sidewalk. It’s a substantial home, made in two sections. The original block to the left, built in the middle of the 19th century, is three bays wide and three deep with two stories and an …

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7 – The Hive, circa 1850, near Chewsville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:28 pm

The Hive, near Chewsville, MD

Not far from Route 62 north of Chewsville, shielded by undergrowth and the remnants of a large barn, a gracious brick home sits at right angles to the road, facing north. This home was built by an early pioneer of the county and named The Hive by him. The reason for his choice in names …

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38 – Linden Hall, mid-19th century, west of Smithsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:27 pm

Just west of Smithsburg, in the wide corner made by Cavetown Church Road and Route 64, is a mid 19th century farmstead. Screened by trees and shrubs, little is visible to the passerby but the small signs at each entrance that proclaim Linden Hall in honor of the trees that shade them. A wrought iron …

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66 – The Old Stone Mill, circa 1850, northeast of Smithsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:26 pm

Northeast of Smithsburg, Edgemont Road winds into the foothills of South Mountain past log houses now clad in weatherboard, past orchards, past a mobile home firmly planted on fieldstone foundations. On the left, a massive stone and frame building stands guard at the edge of the road, a millstone propped against its wall. The gambrel …

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48 – Silver Storm Farm, 1858, east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:26 pm

Trovinger Mill Road loops north from Route 64 pressing into farmland and curling into one of the turns of Antietam Creek. On a bluff, surrounded by fenced meadows, stands a six-bay red brick house, laid in common bond, with coursed fieldstone foundations. A date stone set in the east gable is inscribed, Daniel and Elizabeth …

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57 – Beard’s Church, circa 1863, east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:26 pm

Beard's Church, circa 1863, Smithsburg, MD

Old Forge Road wanders east from Antietam Drive into farmland and crosses Antietam Creek over a three-arched stone bridge. Two miles farther, a small country church appears on the left, surrounded by tilled fields. A stone wall along the road and a fence on three sides enclose the churchyard; and across the road, near a …

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92 – South Mountain Hotel, circa 1874-1890, north of Smithsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

High on South Mountain near Edgemont sits a solitary farmstead, dominated by a red brick house, surrounded by forests and orchards, isolated from any community, far from any highway. Jacques Lane, a private way, leads back from Leathers Road through a massive barn that spans this road leading into the orchard complex. The brick house …

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67 – Stover’s Manse, circa 1888, northeast of Smithsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

Stover's Manse, circa 1888, Smithsburg, MD

When J. Mitchell Stover assembled his tracts of land near Edgemont, there were already several structures there: the stone mill that had been converted into a distillery, a barn on fieldstone foundations, a small stone house built over a spring and the mill pond. Edgemont was a new community growing up around the Western Maryland …

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