Keedysville Area

28 – George Adam Geeting House, circa 1780, Keedysville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 5:52 pm

On the fringe of Keedysville, tucked close in a sharp bend of Dogstreet Road at the terminus of Geeting Road, sits a house long neglected and lately abandoned. The windows were boarded, the roof was bent and an old piano sat on the porch. The southern section of this building is built of log, was …

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49 – Felfoot Farm, 1784, east of Keedysville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 5:52 pm

Southeast of Keedysville, Dogstreet Road winds through farmland and dips to cross Little Antietam Creek over a graceful stone bridge. Felfoot Farm lies astraddle both the road and the Little Antietam as it curls under the bridge. This is one of the oldest land grants in the county. In 1737, 115 acres of land called …

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59 – Doub Farms, circa 1780 and 1851, Keedysville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 5:52 pm

North of Route 34 near Keedysville, a long, unmarked lane, bordered by stone fences, recedes into the fields. This was once a public road from Keedysville to Coffman Farm Road known as Pig Path Lane. Abandoned by the county in 1936, it now leads to two farmhouses and several dependent buildings set on either side …

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105 – Dogstreet Farm, circa 1790 and 1820, Keedysville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 5:50 pm

The little farm at the edge of Keedysville on Dogstreet Road had been neglected for a number of years. Its fields grew tall with weeds and its vast barn sagged, then slowly collapsed. The three metal cupolas disappeared. Windows in the house were broken and stuffed with clothing. Trash accumulated in the yard and in …

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110 – Nicodemus Mill Complex, 1810, east of Keedysville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 5:50 pm

Dog Creek flows just north of the juncture of Nicodemus Mill and Dogstreet Roads, a small run in a fertile valley. On the east side of the road, a small stone cottage with a double porch looks north across the stream toward the collapsing foundations of Nicodemus Mill, barely visible amid vegetation. A large sycamore …

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133 – Seven Gates Farm, circa 1820, Keedysville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 5:49 pm

At the western edge of Keedysville, on the north side of Main Street, a small farmstead is settled behind a wooden fence. Large trees shade grounds divided into gardens by hedges and boxwoods. Paths lead from quiet spaces to small formal areas and accessory buildings. Decorative pieces of architecture and antique garden tools catch the …

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132 – Criswell’s House & Broom Manufactory, circa 1820, Keedysville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 5:49 pm

Keedysville is removed from the flow of modern life, a village strung along the steep banks of Little Antietam Creek, away from the main thoroughfare. In 1768, Jacob Hess acquired 150 acres of land along an early road that crossed the stream and then divided, going to Sharpsburg and to Williamsport. He established a mill …

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107 – Keedy-Machat Farm, circa 1890-1905, Keedysville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 5:49 pm

Set back from Shepherdstown Pike west of Coffman Road, a gravel farm lane winds through pasture toward a vast metal-roofed frame barn. Unpainted, it hulks on solid, stone foundations, remnant of a spare and simple way of life. Beside the barn stands a corn crib/machine shed of similar vintage. The lane curls through this old …

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29 – Hitt-Cost House, circa 1790, north of Keedysville, MD

Posted on: Saturday, March 7th, 2015 @ 10:55 am

Hitt Cost House circa 1790 nr Keedysville, MD

On the north side of Keedysville Road, at a bend, a long yellow house, clad in weatherboard, sits on a rise overlooking the confluence of the Antietam and the Little Antietam Creeks to the south. The left wing of this home was built around 1790 by Robert Smith, a wealthy bachelor who served in the …

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134 – Jacob Hess House, circa 1760, Keedysville, MD

Posted on: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 @ 10:15 am

Jacob Hess House

The stone gable of the Hess House is turned to-ward the street, displaying a great stone chimney with decorative corbeling rimming its top. Windows in this gable are irregularly placed. The main façade faces south, at 90 degrees from Keedysville’s Main Street, and displays two sections joined evenly under a single roof. The larger section …

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