National & Local Treasures

Donnelly House, circa 1815, south of Williamsport, MD

Posted on: Sunday, May 29th, 2016 @ 12:18 pm

Photo by George Franks

Falling Waters Road undulates over rolling farmland moving west from Spielman Road to the Potomac River. As it curls past a bluff on the north, the corner of an old brick house, obscured behind a tall thicket of evergreens, appears briefly. Before it, a narrow gravel drive separates from the road, climbs the bluff to …

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141 – Rockland Farm, 1773. Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Saturday, April 25th, 2015 @ 3:31 pm

"Rockland Farm MD1" by Acroterion - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

  Fiddlersburg is a small community on the eastern fringes of Hagerstown. The main street, Antietam Drive, has been supplanted by Eastern Boulevard and the railroad crossing closed so that it comes to an abrupt dead end. The neighborhood is quiet. Small houses are tucked along both sides of the street with wide gaps for …

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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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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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5 – Bowman House, circa 1826-1840, Boonsboro, MD

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

Boonesborough was a thriving community of five houses and 30 souls in 1796. Situated on the trade route through Crampton’s Gap in South Mountain, the town grew as the National Pike reached its borders in 1810. By 1820, a population of 428 persons and a booming economy served the travelers of the National Pike, which …

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13 – Old Forge Farm, 1762, east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Sunday, March 15th, 2015 @ 9:49 am

Old Forge Farm, 1762

Going west on Old Forge Road from Route 62, the highway dips across a one-lane bridge and rises again between fields and scattered homes. At the crest of a rise, an enormous stone structure seems to lie across the way in the distance, commanding the area from a small rise that slopes away from the …

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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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136 – Elmwood Farm, circa 1858, east of Williamsport, MD

Posted on: Friday, March 6th, 2015 @ 8:52 am

Elmwood Farm, after Restoration, fall 2014

  Interstate 81 cut through the original road from Williamsport to Boonsboro, leaving a section of the old route, now named Kendle Road, still passing through fields and among farms. A long straight lane angles southwest from Kendle Road through a treeless landscape to an early farmstead. Behind a section of original white fence with …

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