Architectural & Historic Treasures

48 – Silver Storm Farm, 1858, east of Hagerstown, MD

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

Trovinger Mill Road loops north from Route 64 pressing into farmland and curling into one of the turns of Antietam Creek. On a bluff, surrounded by fenced meadows, stands a six-bay red brick house, laid in common bond, with coursed fieldstone foundations. A date stone set in the east gable is inscribed, Daniel and Elizabeth …

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57 – Beard’s Church, circa 1863, east of Hagerstown, MD

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

Old Forge Road wanders east from Antietam Drive into farmland and crosses Antietam Creek over a three-arched stone bridge. Two miles farther, a small country church appears on the left, surrounded by tilled fields. A stone wall along the road and a fence on three sides enclose the churchyard; and across the road, near a …

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92 – South Mountain Hotel, circa 1874-1890, north of Smithsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

High on South Mountain near Edgemont sits a solitary farmstead, dominated by a red brick house, surrounded by forests and orchards, isolated from any community, far from any highway. Jacques Lane, a private way, leads back from Leathers Road through a massive barn that spans this road leading into the orchard complex. The brick house …

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67 – Stover’s Manse, circa 1888, northeast of Smithsburg, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

When J. Mitchell Stover assembled his tracts of land near Edgemont, there were already several structures there: the stone mill that had been converted into a distillery, a barn on fieldstone foundations, a small stone house built over a spring and the mill pond. Edgemont was a new community growing up around the Western Maryland …

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46 – Keewaydin, circa 1900, Highfield-Cascade, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:23 pm

Mount Quirock rises steadily in the northeastern corner of the county, cloaked in forest and dot-ted with homes built at the turn of the century as escapes from the heat of summer in the cities. Near Cascade a nine acre parcel of land is suspended above the road on a western slope of the mountain. …

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24 – Christian Newcomer House, circa 1795, Beaver Creek east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:21 pm

Settled far back from the south side of Route 40 just west of Beaver Creek is a stone house, freshly pointed, with candles glowing in the windows. This home is the beneficiary of an almost miraculous salvage operation that still continues. On April 29, 1982, a disastrous fire gutted this house and killed its solitary …

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14 – Scratch Ankle Farm, circa 1810-1820, Beaver Creek east of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:20 pm

Winding through the countryside to the east of Hagerstown, Beaver Creek Church Road dips and turns. Between two narrow bridges, in a hollow nestled in a wide arc of the creek, lies Scratch Ankle Farm, an early 19th century stone house with several wings and porches. The yard is filled with a vast flock of …

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115 – David’s Friendship, 1780, south of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:19 pm

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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20 – Glendale Farm, 1780, south of Hagerstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:19 pm

South of Hagerstown on the Sharpsburg Pike, Rench Road intersects to the right and heads west through a wide, flattened expanse of farmland. Past railroad tracks, on the right side of the road, a white house trimmed in black sits well back from the road behind an assortment of farm buildings, paddocks and an enormous …

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19 – Ravenswood, circa 1784, Funkstown, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:18 pm

Halfway between Hagerstown and Funkstown along Frederick Street, Ravenswood Drive turns west and heads for an elegant five-bay home that is settled in a curve of the road. Surrounded by tract houses of middle years, this two-and-a-half story, white-painted brick building with a broad veranda is the early house that was built on an 18th …

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