Funkstown Area

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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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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115 – David’s Friendship, 1780, south of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:19 pm

David's Friendship, 1780, off Downsville Pike, so Hagerstown, MD

The stone house sits well back from Downsville Pike down a curved gravel lane, beyond a metal farm gate and surrounded by corn fields and pasture. A new exit from Interstate 70 will soon bring traffic by the old house, and new businesses will be springing up along the route. The area will change rapidly. …

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20 – Glendale Farm, 1780, south of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:19 pm

Glendale Farm, 1780, Rench Road south of Hagerstown, MD

South of Hagerstown on the Sharpsburg Pike, Rench Road intersects to the right and heads west through a wide, flattened expanse of farmland. Past railroad tracks, on the right side of the road, a white house trimmed in black sits well back from the road behind an assortment of farm buildings, paddocks and an enormous …

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19 – Ravenswood, circa 1784, Funkstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:18 pm

Ravenswood, 1784-1800, near Funkstown, MD

Halfway between Hagerstown and Funkstown along Frederick Street, Ravenswood Drive turns west and heads for an elegant five-bay home that is settled in a curve of the road. Surrounded by tract houses of middle years, this two-and-a-half story, white-painted brick building with a broad veranda is the early house that was built on an 18th …

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64 – Stonemont, early 19th century, east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:15 pm

Stonemont, early 19th century, Landis Road, Hagerstown, MD

Landis Road is in transition. Once a quiet country route, it is blooming with new apartments, residential communities and construction. Part of the past remains, however; for down a long lane, behind white board fences, lies one of the earliest farms in the area. Seventeen acres of rolling land surround the stone house and barn …

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138 – Chaney House, circa 1832-1847, Funkstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:14 pm

Chaney House, 1832-1847, Funkstown, MD

The corner of Baltimore and High Streets in Funkstown is one of the highest spots in town, and the southeast corner rises above the other three. Steps ascend from the corner to a large, two-story brick house. Three retaining walls, two of stone and one of brick, hold the soil of the steep yard. A …

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23 – Angela Kirkham Davis House, mid-19th century, Funkstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:13 pm

Kirkham Davis House, mid-19th century, Funkstown, MD

Jacob Funck [sic] and his brother Henry came to West-ern Maryland from Virginia in 1749 to buy land. In 1754 the brothers purchased a tract of land on the east side of the Antietam that was patented as Black Oak Ridge; and it was here, in 1767, that Jacob laid out a town which he …

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30 – Johnson’s Island, 19th century, Funkstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:13 pm

Johnsons Island, 19th Century, near Funkstown, MD

Beyond Funkstown on Alternate Route 40 just at the edge of town, a low drive crosses the Antietam on a single-lane iron bridge with plank treads. Across the bridge, a lawn shaded by old trees and mature shrubs presents itself; and a sign proclaims, God’s Provision. A white painted brick house with a clapboard wing …

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33 – Rocky Spring Farm, circa 1825, south of Funkstown, MD

Posted on: Sunday, March 1st, 2015 @ 2:37 pm

Rocky Springs Farm, south of Funkstown, MD along the Old National Pike. Photo by Kevin Gilbert/Herald-Mail Company.

Along the Old National Pike south of Funkstown a sign announces Rocky Spring Farm; and a long lane is directed past a tidy brick house and a number of low-slung metal farm buildings on the left, to a large asphalt parking area. To the right, centered in a broad yard, is a brick house. A …

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