Architectural & Historic Treasures

65 – Sunshine Hill, built 1910, Hancock, MD.

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 10:26 pm

Built in 1910, Sunshine Hill was made of the most modern materials—stones cast of concrete. Photo by Richard T. Meagher/Herald Mail Company.

    West of Hancock, a private driveway turns off Main Street and climbs a steep hill to an imposing home set well back from the road. Two-story coupled columns carry a portico above the entrance to the mansard slate roof, while two lower porches with smaller columns flare beyond either side of the house …

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32 – Stafford Hall, circa 1840, east of Clear Spring, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:58 pm

East of Clear Spring, on Cohill Road, a large, two-story, white-painted brick house sits on a rise that is shaded by old trees and softened by mature shrubs. The center section of this home is three bays wide. In the middle bay, a wide transom and sidelights with double rectangular panes surround the formal eight-panel …

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2 – Wilson Bridge 1819 and Wilson Store c1847, east of Clear Spring, MD.

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:56 pm

Wilson's Bridge

West of Hagerstown, Route 40 narrows to two lanes as it pushes into the countryside. Tidy homes, farmsteads and small businesses line the way in a random mix that is common along country roads. Near the entrance to Hagerstown Speedway, a small road Y’s to the right and slopes to a barrier. A marker proclaims, …

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Kammerer House, 1774, North Washington County, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:42 pm

Kammerer House, 1774

Just south of the Pennsylvania state line near Interstate 81, the efficient, modern buildings of Citicorp are fanned out around an 18th century farmstead. Tucked in the center of this banking complex at the corner of two new streets is the story-and-a-half stone house that Ludwig Kammerer built in 1774 and the frame barn that …

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54 – Lehman’s Mill Farm House, circa 1800, north Washington County, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:38 pm

Lehman’s Mill Road winds east from Marsh Pike near the Pennsylvania border and soon enters Lehman’s Mill Historic District. The earliest structure in this collection of mill buildings is the farmhouse. Located on the north side of the road, across from the mill and a little to the east, this eight-bay, stuccoed stone house with …

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36 – Brightwood, circa 1802-1829, north Washington County, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:38 pm

Marsh Pike runs north from Hagerstown roughly following the path of Marsh Run. Two miles past Paramount Road, on the right side of the pike, Blue Heron Lane leads east through fields and brush. A few feet from its beginning, this narrow road changes to gravel as it pushes into the countryside, passing an isolated …

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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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26 – Huckleberry Hall, circa 1787, north of Smithsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

In the rolling orchard country north of Smithsburg, Poplar Grove Road branches off from Durberry and descends a gentle grade into a broad plain cut through by the Little Antietam Creek. The remnants of the stone mill lie ahead on the left where the creek crosses under the road. Well back from the right side …

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121 – Bowman’s Mill, 1789-1801, south of Leitersburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

In the hollow where Little Antietam Creek crosses under Smithsburg Leitersburg Road, a cluster of buildings hugs the road. This is George Bowman’s legacy, and home of some of his descendants. The buildings are neat and well cared for, the lawns lush. Two solid stone buildings dominate the scene. The larger one was the mill, …

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