Hagerstown and Around Town

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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24 – Christian Newcomer House, circa 1795, Beaver Creek east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:21 pm

Christian Newcomer House, circa 1795, Beaver Creek, MD

Settled far back from the south side of Route 40 just west of Beaver Creek is a stone house, freshly pointed, with candles glowing in the windows. This home is the beneficiary of an almost miraculous salvage operation that still continues. On April 29, 1982, a disastrous fire gutted this house and killed its solitary …

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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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4 – Fox Deceived, circa 1793, east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:16 pm

Fox Deceived Farm, Stone Barn 1825

At the most eastern edge of Hagerstown, just where the Dual Highway enters the city, two early stone buildings stand out among their 20th century neighbors. Shrouded with more recent sheds and porches, accretions of other reuses and neglected for decades, the original beauty of the old buildings still shines through. Presently operated as a …

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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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69 – Hager’s Town Charity School, 1842, Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 8:47 pm

The red brick house at the corner of Washington and Locust Streets in Hagerstown is distinguished by a large stone plaque set into its side wall. Washed with time, this nearly indecipherable memorial lavishes praise on the charity of Martin Hammond …as a benefactor–the friend of the poor and the patron of education. His liberal …

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44 – Cynosure, circa 1850-1875, Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 8:41 pm

There is, on North Potomac Avenue, an ample brick home set well back from the public way in a lawn shaded by grand old trees. Painted white, this home presents a wide, somewhat Italianate façade to the public. On the right is the gabled main block of the home, four bays wide, with a veranda …

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125 – Clipp House, circa 1924, Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 4:42 pm

Stately homes set on small lots line both sides of Broadway, one of Hagerstown’s National Register Historic Districts. This urban streetscape, developed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, provided homes for the substantial citizens of the middle class. The house at 112 Broadway, an imposing brick structure set on stone foundations, sits on …

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