Architectural & Historic Treasures

12 – White Oak Forrest, late 18th century, east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:32 pm

Beyond the eastern edge of Hagerstown lies a random collection of modest homes grouped about a crossroads called Fiddlersburg. Down a long lane past a row of mailboxes and a chained pasture gate lie the stone ruins of an 18th century farm, barely visible on a winter’s day behind the bare branches of a grove …

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9 – The Maples, circa 1800, near Chewsville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:32 pm

The drive from Interstate 70 toward Smithsburg along Route 66 is serene and beautiful. Open spaces and well-tended fields gather along the road, and orchards climb the side of South Mountain. Well-kept farms appear at regular intervals, and clusters of new homes rise now and then. South of Cavetown, at the corner of Chewsville Road, …

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10 – The Willows, circa 1800-1825, near Chewsville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:31 pm

The great red brick barn stands sentinel along Route 66 south of Cavetown, its ends pierced with diamond patterns in the brickwork–a lovely solution to the mundane problem of ventilating a barn and a testament to the taste and station of its builder. Beyond the barn an array of well-kept outbuildings surround a cream-colored brick …

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102 – Bald Barrons, circa 1812, east of Hagerstown, MD

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

The stone farmhouse at the corner of Old Forge and Beck Roads dates from 1812, a time of transition from the Colonial to Federal styles of architecture. It is set angled at the corner of the two roads, facing them with a cross-gable that is dominated on the attic level by a large, oval window …

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130 – Dry Spring Farm, 1824, near Chewsville, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:29 pm

Kieffer Funk Road doglegs between Jefferson Boulevard and White Hall Road, east of Hagerstown. It runs through the margins of the city and pushes into farmland. On the east side of the road, behind a fringe of old trees and nestled among a collection of old farm buildings, is a handsome brick home resting on …

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55 – Stoneridge, circa 1830-1850, south of Leitersburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:29 pm

Northeast of Hagerstown, Clopper Road twists along Antietam Creek, then crosses the stream on a narrow bridge. It is a picturesque scene: rolling hills, tall trees, waterfowl and sometimes a flock of wild turkeys. On a bluff above the creek at the margin of the woods, adjoining open pastures stands Stoneridge, a stuccoed stone and …

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53 – The Leiter House, circa 1846, Leitersburg, MD

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

It’s the gray house with blue shutters on Leitersburg’s Main Street just off the square–solid, brick, tucked right against the sidewalk. It’s a substantial home, made in two sections. The original block to the left, built in the middle of the 19th century, is three bays wide and three deep with two stories and an …

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

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

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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38 – Linden Hall, mid-19th century, west of Smithsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:27 pm

Just west of Smithsburg, in the wide corner made by Cavetown Church Road and Route 64, is a mid 19th century farmstead. Screened by trees and shrubs, little is visible to the passerby but the small signs at each entrance that proclaim Linden Hall in honor of the trees that shade them. A wrought iron …

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66 – The Old Stone Mill, circa 1850, northeast of Smithsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:26 pm

Northeast of Smithsburg, Edgemont Road winds into the foothills of South Mountain past log houses now clad in weatherboard, past orchards, past a mobile home firmly planted on fieldstone foundations. On the left, a massive stone and frame building stands guard at the edge of the road, a millstone propped against its wall. The gambrel …

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