Hagerstown and Around Town

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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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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“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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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 - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rockland_Farm_MD1.jpg#/media/File:Rockland_Farm_MD1.jpg

  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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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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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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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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