Epitaph – Historic Structures we have Lost

Potomac House, Williamsport, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 10:19 pm

The (now demolished) Potomac House, circa 1820. Williamsport, MD. Photo courtesy Preservation Maryland

  Epitaph In the spring of 2014 the Potomac House property was demolished. Williamsport now offers one of the largest, brightest, and overwhelming Sheetz stores in the county. The Sheetz Store is the first structure to greet travelers when they enter “historic downtown” Williamsport. Despite the loss of yet another irreplaceable historic structure, the town council of …

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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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7 – The Hive, circa 1850, near Chewsville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:28 pm

The Hive, near Chewsville, MD

Not far from Route 62 north of Chewsville, shielded by undergrowth and the remnants of a large barn, a gracious brick home sits at right angles to the road, facing north. This home was built by an early pioneer of the county and named The Hive by him. The reason for his choice in names …

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4 – Fox Deceived, circa 1793, east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:16 pm

Fox Deceived Farm, Stone Barn 1825

At the most eastern edge of Hagerstown, just where the Dual Highway enters the city, two early stone buildings stand out among their 20th century neighbors. Shrouded with more recent sheds and porches, accretions of other reuses and neglected for decades, the original beauty of the old buildings still shines through. Presently operated as a …

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114 – John Hogg’s House, circa 1790, Williamsport, MD

Posted on: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 @ 9:46 am

The circa 1790 Jonathan Hogg house along Potomac Street in Williamsport, MD was demolished to make way for a larger parking lot for the Lutheran Church.

The house at seventeen West Potomac Street in Williamsport looks tired. It has six bays, arched-top two-over-two window sashes and peeling window frames. A hip roof between the first and second floors shelters the main entrance and the two windows beside it. Built next to the right of way of the broad street, the house …

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