Endangered Homes

Saylor House, Circa 1800, Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Sunday, May 29th, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

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In 2007, planning for a new business park began in Hagerstown. The 29-acre parcel slated for development stands along Jefferson Boulevard, east of Eastern Boulevard from where Diamond Drive and Professional Court lead. Antietam Creek curls around the eastern margins of this section, its banks choked in weeds and scrub brush. A large bank barn …

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Save the Saylor!

Posted on: Monday, March 7th, 2016 @ 4:42 pm

Saylor Ext 2

Near the Antietam Creek just east of the newly developed Hagerstown Light Business Park, in the new Kiwanis Park, a circa 1800 stone house stands off the beaten-path, unused, and untended for half a century. (Click here for Google Map of the Site) Inaccurately called the Loose House, this dwelling should be correctly referred to …

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A Effort to Save History; BKG still endangered. Update Summer 2015.

Posted on: Monday, July 13th, 2015 @ 9:29 am

The Hagerstown Airport permitted
"demolition by neglect" to this magnificent pierced-end brick barn until forced to require the farmer using it to do maintenance.

Why can’t history and progress cohabitate peacefully? The Brumbaugh-Kendle-Grove (BKG) Farmstead sits across the road from Hagerstown Airport on land acquired to expand the runway in 1999.  The farm was purchased by the Washington County Commissioners with grants from the FAA. As such, it is required to be used only for aviation purposes. The Federal …

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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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Locust Grove School, Rohrersville, MD

Posted on: Sunday, August 10th, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

Exterior. Locust Grove School, Rohrersville, Washington County.

DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING: Help Save an Endangered Schoolhouse in Washington County! Can you provide a good home to a charming one-room brick schoolhouse? The Locust Grove School in Rohrersville cannot stay in its current location.  Preservation Maryland and the property owner need your help to find a new steward for this schoolhouse.  A demolition permit …

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The Hagerstown Almshouse, 1799, Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Saturday, August 9th, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

Hagerstown Almshouse, circa 1799, Hagerstown, MD

The latest: In 2010 the Washington County Historical Trust nominated the historic Hagerstown Alms House to Preservation Maryland’s 10 most endangered properties.  As a result of the nomination, the City Hagerstown “mothballed” the building to protect it from further deterioration. Hagerstown also designated this rare surviving almshouse as a historic landmark. This great old building …

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Mt. Pleasant, Sharpsburg, MD

Posted on: Friday, August 8th, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

Mt. Pleasant

Some historic properties are vacant and unused; others are owned by people who may not realize or appreciate their historic value.  Regardless of the reasons, many historic properties are in danger of being demolished by choice or by neglect.  Below are some of the most endangered properties in Washington County and the steps WCHT and …

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Brumbaugh Kendle Grove Farmstead, circa 1875, north of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

Brumbaugh Kendle Grove Farmstead

In 2013, the Brumbaugh Kendle Grove Farmstead was nominated by Preservation Maryland as the #1 most endangered property in Maryland. Since this nomination, Washington County formed a committee from numerous interested groups who are actively working on a promotion plan to advertise the farmstead for commercial adaptive reuse. From the original nomination – The property …

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