Southern Washington County

123 – Robert Clagett Farm, circa 1770-1790, south Washington County, MD

Posted on: Saturday, March 7th, 2015 @ 10:34 am

Robert Clagett Farm, circa 1770-1790, So. Washington County, MD

Garretts Mill Road is cut into the rolling landscape, halfway up a hill, as it curls around a valley formed by Israel Creek. A small stone house snugs into the slope below the road. It overlooks rolling pastures that meet the woods along the creek. The house is a single story with a steep roof …

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119 – The Kennedy Farm, circa 1852, south Washington County, MD

Posted on: Friday, March 6th, 2015 @ 10:13 am

Kennedy Farmhouse, 1930
Boyd B. Stutler Collection, West Virginia State Archives

It’s the best kept secret in the state!” declares South Lynn as he gazes toward a small log cabin perched on high stone foundations. Then he launches into the story of the old place. This rustic cabin is a National Historic Landmark, one of only two in the county, a place considered to have national …

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126 – Brownsville, circa 1820-1825, south Washington County, MD

Posted on: Sunday, March 1st, 2015 @ 3:25 pm

Pleasant Valley lies between South Mountain and Elk Ridge in the far southern reaches of Washington County. Israel Creek threads its way down the valley to the Potomac River, fed by the many springs along its way. The land is still rural, sweeping down the mountains in woods and fields, still showing the patterns of …

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60 – Magnolia Plantation, circa 1800-1833, south Washington County, MD

Posted on: Sunday, March 1st, 2015 @ 3:24 pm

In the southernmost tip of the county, Valley Road angles toward a bend in the Potomac River, crossing a single arch stone bridge over Israel Creek. A little west on Valley Road and about a half mile south of Garrett’s Mill, a black three-board fence edges the perimeter of a farm. On a level spot …

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199 – Summer House Farm, circa 1850, south Washington County, MD.

Posted on: Saturday, October 25th, 2014 @ 8:50 am

Summer House Farm 
Kevin G. Gilbert / Staff Photographer Herald-Mail Newspaper, Hagerstown, MD.

  Chestnut Grove Road runs roughly north from Harpers Ferry Road, curling around Elk Ridge on the east. Well up the road on the left, signs announce two addresses at one entrance. Two drives branch almost immediately from this entrance. The right one leads to a farmstead on low ground not far from the road. …

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198 – Burnside’s Headquarters, circa 1840. south of Sharpsburg, MD.

Posted on: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 @ 1:11 pm

  Undoing 150 years to reveal past in Burnside’s Headquarters Mills Road runs generally north/south between Burnside Bridge and Harpers Ferry roads, near land crossed during the Battle of Antietam. Well down the road, on the west, stands an elegant brick house opposite a weathered frame barn with brick granaries. Double chimneys rise from either …

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101 – Chance Regained, circa 1799, south Washington County, MD

Posted on: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 @ 5:11 pm

Chance Regained

  East of Route 67, Park Hall Road meanders toward South Mountain past little farmsteads. On the right, set well back from the road, is a small, four-bay brick house with a log cabin just to its east and an ample pond to the west. A small barn stands behind the house, with several other …

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