Sharpsburg Area

131 – Middlekauff-Poffenberger Farm, circa 1756 and 1820, north of Sharpsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:12 pm

The brow of a low hill hides a collection of well maintained farm buildings, nestled in a hollow, well to the east of Sharpsburg Pike. Protected by a conservation easement, this farmstead is settled among surrounding fields that will never be developed. Bucolic and serene, it represents an enormous investment of time, money, restoration expertise, …

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62 – Long Sought Tavern, circa 1780-1800, north of Sharpsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:12 pm

Long Sought Tavern. Photo by Kevin G. Gilbert/Herald-Mail Company

Bowie Road is a single lane that follows the path of the Potomac below Taylor’s Landing Road. There, set back from a grassy swale that once was the C&O Canal, is an old stone house built into the bluff along the river. The flat flood plain of the river’s edge ends in a bank, that …

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136 – Mount Pleasant, circa 1790, Sharpsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:11 pm

On the edge of Sharpsburg, Chapline Street drifts along a row of small houses, many dating from the early settlement of the village. At the edge of town, the road changes name and begins its descent to the Potomac River through gathering woodlands. On the right, a lane, marked against trespass, disappears among trees and …

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108 – Piper House, circa 1790, Sharpsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:11 pm

Piper House, Sharpsburg, MD. Photo by Richard T. Meagher/Herald-Mail Company

In Sharpsburg, a large stone house stands on the south east corner of Main and Church Streets, a venerable relic in an historic town. Joseph Chapline, Sr., Indian fighter, early settler, holder of vast tracts of land, laid out this town near a great spring that rose in a field he had once planted in …

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112 – Roulette Farm, late 18th century, Sharpsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:10 pm

Roulette Farm, late 18th-mid 19th century, Sharpsburg, MD

Bloody Lane, where once the Union and Confederate Armies met in the deadliest, single day battle in the history of this country, is quiet now, a sunken road winding among fields edged with split rail fences. To its left are a mailbox and a sign announcing a private farm in the heart of Antietam Battlefield. …

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43 – Stone Hill, circa 1800-1825, north of Sharpsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:09 pm

Stone Hill, circa 1800-1825, north of Sharpsburg, MD

Taylor’s Landing Road angles north and west above Sharpsburg, winding around one of the great loops of the Potomac River. Most of the houses along this rural way are of modest dimension—some very old and others newer. The land is rolling and quite beautiful. Now and then vestiges of the C&O Canal can be seen …

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95 – Kef-Poff Farm, circa 1802, Sharpsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:09 pm

Kef-Poff Farm, circa 1802, north of Sharpsburg, MD

Narrow Mansfield Road winds east past quiet fields, often shaded by old trees. Sections of stone fence still stand, and black boards bind pastures. A small sign announces Kef-Poff Farm; a narrow lane plunges down a small hill and leads to a tranquil farmstead. The stone house faces south and is built into a knoll. …

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106 – Greystone Farm, circa 1842, south of Sharpsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 5:54 pm

Greystone Farm, circa 1842, south of Sharpsburg, MD

Just south of Sharman’s Run on Mills Road, two great maple trees stand sentinel before a farmhouse, shading it from passersby. The house is built of roughly coursed fieldstone with quoined corners. Five bays are evenly spaced across the façade. A later, one-story entry porch protects the central door. Windows have nine-over-six sashes and simple …

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89 – Ferry Hill, circa 1812, southwest of Sharpsburg, MD

Posted on: Sunday, March 1st, 2015 @ 2:52 pm

Ferry Hill Plantation House. Photo by Joe Crocetta/Herald-Mail Company

High on a cliff above the Potomac, an imposing brick home stands sentinel across from Shepherdstown. Early settlers coming down the valley from York, Pennsylvania, forded the Potomac at Packhorse Ford, about a mile-and-a-half south of this cliff. As time passed, a better means of crossing was needed; and, in 1765, Thomas Van Swearingen established …

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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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