National & Local Treasures

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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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