National & Local Treasures

80 – Rockland, circa 1803, Sharpsburg Pike, Fairplay, Md.

Posted on: Thursday, March 5th, 2015 @ 4:08 pm

Rockland, circa 1803

Just north of Lappans Crossroads on Route 65, settled among a group of farm buildings and far from the road, is a massive, three-story stone structure with two wings of about the same size. In 1800, Colonel Frisby Tilghman (1773-1847), a member of a prominent eastern shore family, began assembling vast holdings of land in …

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1 – Doub’s Mill, circa 1811-1821, Beaver Creek east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 @ 9:20 am

Doub's Mill mill wheel

The millrace enters the mill at the rear of the building. [for a larger view click on the image] Traveling east, Beaver Creek Road settles into a gentle valley. To the right stands a stone barn — the first minion of the delightful Doub’s Mill Historic District. This collection of stone and frame buildings is …

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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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128 – St. John’s Episcopal Church, circa 1872, Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Sunday, March 1st, 2015 @ 12:50 pm

There is, on North Potomac Avenue, an ample brick home set well back from the public way in a lawn shaded by grand old trees. Painted white, this home presents a wide, somewhat Italianate façade to the public. On the right is the gabled main block of the home, four bays wide, with a veranda …

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120 – Hager’s Fancy, circa 1739, Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Sunday, March 1st, 2015 @ 11:52 am

The Hager House, settled in a hollow next to Hagerstown City Park, surrounded by large trees and well-tended flower beds, is about to celebrate its 260th birthday. This was the home that Jonathan Hager, the founder of Hagerstown, built for himself in 1739. It is a museum now, furnished as if Hager had just stepped …

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6 – Clear Spring, MD. Founded in 1823

Posted on: Sunday, October 26th, 2014 @ 10:18 am

The American Hotel, a favorite stop for travelers along the National Road. Photo courtesy of the Clear Spring District Historical Association.

    The clear spring still flows at the foot of Fairview Mountain on the south side of what first was called the Bank Road. Now Route 40, it once was a dirt and gravel highway to the west that completed the connection between Baltimore and Cumberland by 1823. At Cumberland, it joined the National …

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8 – Montpelier, circa 1790, Clear Spring, MD

Posted on: Sunday, October 26th, 2014 @ 8:35 am

Believed to be built over the site of Evan Shelby’s fort, the oldest sections of Montpelier were built by Abraham Barnes about 1790. Photo by Dennis Helfrick.

North and east of Clear Spring, on a sharp bend in Broadfording Road, stands Montpelier, shaded by stately old trees and surrounded by the outbuildings of another century. Built of white-painted brick and stone, five bays in length, the origin of the house presents a tantalizing mystery. Excavations around the site show evidence of charring …

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100 – Rose Hill, 1806, south of Williamsport, MD

Posted on: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 @ 4:26 pm

Rose Hill, circa 1806

Outside of Williamsport, on Spielman Road, massive, white, wooden gates open to an avenue lined with ancient river maples. Well back from the road, this drive circles in front of a magnificent brick home. Huge boxwoods grow about the lawn; and the largest American basswood in the county, over 90 feet tall, stands before the …

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