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Endangered Locust Grove School

DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING: Help Save an Endangered Schoolhouse in Maryland!

Can you provide a good home to a charming one-room brick schoolhouse? The Locust Grove School in Rohrersville cannot stay in its current location.  Preservation Maryland and the property owner need your help to find a new steward for this schoolhouse.  A demolition permit has been issued for June 1, 2014.  We need a plan to preserve the building before the end of the month or it will be lost.


Exterior. Locust Grove School, Rohrersville, Washington County.

Many one-room schoolhouses became obsolete in the first half of the 20th century and over the past 100 years many of these buildings have been abandoned and then demolished. The Locust Grove School still stands today because it has been cared for over the past 35 years by a family who believed it was their responsibility to help preserve this piece of Maryland’s history. The family can no longer care for the building and wants to give it away to an organization or individual who can find a use for this one story, brick-over-stone foundation structure. The new owner will need to move the building to a new location and make repairs to an exterior wall that started to collapse but has been stabilized. The roof on the schoolhouse is in good condition and was replaced within the last ten years. The current owners researched the cost of moving and repairing the building and are happy to share that information with interested parties.

Are you looking for a charming little building to adaptively reuse? Do you know of a historic village complex that needs a one-room schoolhouse to teach children about life in the 19th century? Does your community need a gathering place? If you could use the Locust Grove School in any of these ways or have a different idea for repurposing the building, please contact Margaret De Arcangelis today. We need to work together now to find a new location for this historic little schoolhouse or else it will be demolished.


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November News Round-up

Allegany County
Senators want to establish new national heritage area – Cumberland Times-News 11-7-13

Anne Arundel County
Historic State House painting to be removed, restored – ABC2 11-4-13
With Fawcett redevelopment dead, owners say future of Annapolis site is uncertain – Baltimore Sun 11-14-13
Historic Annapolis Home Gets Dining Room Do-Over – CBS Local 11-15-13
Olde Mill / Millersville: Smithing is alive and well on Kinder Farm – Capital Gazette 11-22-13

Baltimore City
Fells Point changes coming into shape – Baltimore Sun 11-1-13
Back Story: Lord Baltimore Hotel undergoing face-lift – Baltimore Sun 11-4-13
Old Tradition Lives On in Baltimore, Maryland – Voice of America 11-14-13
Back Story: Charles Street winds its way through the heart of Baltimore- Baltimore Sun 11-14-13
Falls Road landmark celebrates its industrial heritage – Baltimore Sun 11-15-13
New owner plans apartments for Equitable building – Baltimore Sun 11-19-13
Atop the Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel – Baltimore Sun 11-22-13
No holding them down – 11-23-13
Part of fence at Old Otterbein Church toppled – Baltimore Sun – 11-24-13

Calvert County
Ancient American Indian artifacts uncovered at Dunkirk Park & Ride – SoMdNews 11-15-13

Cecil County
Model preserves original home of Susquehanna Hose Co. – Baltimore Sun 11-20-13

Harford County
Bel Air’s ‘Brick House’ remains on market – Baltimore Sun 12-25-13

Montgomery County
Gaithersburg to apply for Summit Hall to join National Register of Historic Places – 11-1-13
Court Sides with Johns Hopkins in Belward Farm Dispute – Gaithersburg Patch 11-25-13
Long Branch plan taps Purple Line potential for development in Silver Spring – 11-26-13

Somerset County
Renovations begin at historic inn – DelMarVa Now 10-26-13
War of 1812 veterans honored at Princess Anne service – DelMarVa Now 11-15-13

Washington County
Society in need of a home – HeraldMailMedia 11-23-13

Papenfuse ends 38-year run as Maryland’s memory keeper –Baltimore Sun 11-4-13

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September News Round-up

Below is a round-up of news articles on preservation and heritage issues in Maryland and beyond.

Anne Arundel
Barns, reborn as stylish places to live – Baltimore Sun 9-20-13

Baltimore City
Hidden Maryland: State House dome – Baltimore Sun 9-3-13
Poe House to reopen for weekends in October – Baltimore Sun 9-26-13
Lady Baltimore’s moving plans have changed – Baltimore Sun 9-27-13
Baltimore’s oldest church reopens after renovation – Fox 45 9-29-13
African American history comes to life in Baltimore – Baltimore Sun 9-30-13

Baltimore County
Built in 1865, Jericho bridge in Kingsville to get $2 million overhaul – Baltimore Sun 9-26-13
Jerusalem Mill Village awakens the past during Colonial event  – Baltimore Sun 9-30-13

Carroll County
Thieves steal bell from historic church –ABC 2 News 9-27-13

Charles County
Historic building at Indian Head base to be demolished – SoMdNews 8-20-13

Dorchester County
Facade improvement program shows success – Newszap 9-10-13

Frederick County
Columbia woman’s study of fabric weaves a history of the Civil War – Baltimore Sun 9-24-13

Harford County
My Lady’s Manor turns 300 – Baltimore Sun 9-26-13

Montgomery County
Volunteers dig up the past at Zeigler Log House in Clarksburg – Gazette.Net 9-23-13
Is Rockville’s “Pink” Bank Worth Saving? – Rockville Patch 9-24-13

Queen Anne’s County
Harris tours future home of Wye River Upper School – StarDem 9-3-13

St. Mary’s County
Preservationist sleeps in former slave-dwellings – WKAR 9-23-13

Washington County
Preserving Historic Land in Washington County – Your4State 9-3-13

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2013 Historic Preservation Awards

Deadline:  August 16, 2013

Are you aware of an historic preservation hero or extraordinary project that deserves public recognition?  Preservation Maryland will honor outstanding preservation efforts at our Annual Meeting and Awards program on October 16, 2013.

Since 1985, Preservation Maryland has presented awards to individuals and organizations recognizing their exemplary contributions to preserving Maryland’s rich and diverse heritage. We are currently seeking nominations of candidates for this year’s Historic Preservation Awards to be presented at our Annual Program.

2012 Preservation Maryland Awards winners

The President’s Award recognizes exceptional leadership and commitment to preservation; the Stewardship Award recognizes commendable care of a historic resource; the Volunteer Award is presented to an outstanding non-paid preservationist and the Phoenix Award recognizes excellence in revitalization through preservation.

Individuals, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and government agencies are eligible to receive Preservation Maryland’s Historic Preservation Awards.  Nominations submitted but not selected in previous years may be resubmitted.  Click here to learn more about the program and access a nomination form.

It’s time YOU acknowledge that person(s) or project deserving of public recognition. Completed nominations must be postmarked by August 16, 2013.  Please contact me with any questions you may have at 410-685-2886, x. 303 or

Marilyn Benaderet
Preservation Services Director


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May News Round-up

Below is a round-up of news articles on preservation and heritage issues in Maryland and beyond.

Anne Arundel County
Maryland agrees to buy Annapolis post office Baltimore Sun 5-15-13
Peggy Stewart House for sale in Annapolis Baltimore Sun 5-16-13
Anne Arundel preserves a diamond in the rough Baltimore Sun 5-19-13
Md.’s religious history laid out in landmarks Delmarva Now 5-24-13
Volunteer caretaker tends to historic Brewer Hill Cemetery in Annapolis The Republic 5-24-13

Baltimore City
A ‘Passport’ to the world of Druid Hill Park Baltimore Sun 5-8-13
Back Story: Seeking landmark status for valve house at Cross Keys Baltimore Sun 5-9-13
Renaissance for North Avenue as arts district Baltimore Sun 5-10-13
Fells Point house tour includes recently renovated 1790 home Baltimore Sun 5-11-13
Residents oppose town house development on historic site in Hampden Baltimore Sun 5-15-13
Stolen historic documents returned to Maryland Historical Society WBAL 5-16-13
Roaming the neighborhoods around Pimlico Baltimore Sun 5-17-13
Baltimore Cemetery a little-known and dignified site Baltimore Sun 5-24-13
From ‘Middle East’ to ‘Eager Park,’ a community is rebranded Baltimore Sun 5-25-13
Maryland Historical Trust to hold public hearing on Crittenton development Baltimore Sun 5-30-13

Calvert County
May 2013 is Historic Preservation Month in Calvert Maryland News Net 5-10-13
Erosion uncovers history, but bedevils region’s homeowners SoMdNews 5-17-13

Carroll County
Carroll’s Yesteryears: Historic significance of Baldwin’s Station documented by Maryland Historical Trust Carroll County Times 5-11-13

Charles County
Charles planning commission OKs historical designation of schools SoMdNews 5-10-13
Pilgrimage to showcase Charles County history 5-17-13

Dorchester County
East New Market recognized for preservation Maryland News Zap 5-7-13

Frederick County
Keeping up an old home is a labor of love The Frederick News-Post 5-9-13
Saving soldiers’ lives: Tour, exhibit and festival honor Gettysburg work of Daughters of Charity The Morning Call 5-18-13

Harford County
Historic Maryland Courthouse Damaged During Storm Claims Journal 5-15-13
Apartments slated for Mt. Soma property near Bel Air Baltimore Sun 5-24-13
An opportunity to tour historic Merryland Farm on June 2 Baltimore Sun 5-30-13

Kent County
Millington’s farmers market to open Saturday My Eastern Shore MD 5-29-13

Montgomery County
Maryland historic sites receive preservation grants 5-13-13
Rockville joins program to promote historic preservation 5-22-13

Prince George’s County
Greenbelt theater to be restored with Partners in Preservation earnings WJLA 5-16-13

Somerset County
Somerset drops buyout of Smith Island homes Baltimore Sun 5-15-13

St. Mary’s County
Eight historic preservation awards presented The BayNet.Com 5-29-13

Washington County
Washington County Board of Commissioners briefs 5-22-13

Worcester County
Snow Hill Makes Case For Opera House Funds The Dispatch 5-10-13

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On the Other Side of the Mountain

Site visits are one of the great perks of my job.  Every few weeks, I have the opportunity to get out of the office, see the wonderful treasures that Maryland has to offer, and meet with colleagues who are working diligently to preserve the past and build a better future.  My site visit on Tuesday was no exception to this rule, but it was special because it was my first trip to western Maryland.

Fort Frederick School, Fort Frederick State Park, Washington County

Fort Frederick School, Fort Frederick State Park, Washington County

The Washington County Historical Advisory Committee invited Tyler, Marilyn and me to attend the Annual John Frye Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony in Hagerstown, so we decided to make a day of it and see a few of the great sites in western Maryland before and after the ceremony.  We started the day with a visit to Fort Frederick State Park where Ranger Bob Study showed us around.  The park is home to one of the two Washington County schoolhouses added to Endangered Maryland in 2013, so that was our first stop.  The 1890s structure served as an African American school until 1914 when it was converted into a private residence.  The school is eligible for the Maryland Resident Curatorship Program and it is in dire need of an occupant who has the time and talent to restore the building.

Soldier's barracks with fort wall in the background, Fort Frederick State Park, Washington County

Barracks with fort wall in the background, Fort Frederick State Park, Washington County

Next on the list of things to see at Fort Frederick State Park was Fort Frederick.  This 1756 fort saw service during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.  In 1922 the site became a state park and throughout the 1930’s the Civilian Conservation Corp repaired the fort walls, built trails and tended to the grounds.  Even if you do not care for military history, it is hard not to be impressed by this stone fort because of its size.  The fort is open daily throughout the summer and is worth a visit.

We traveled the National Road back to Hagerstown for the awards ceremony and luncheon.  On the way, we passed by the Wilson Bridge (1819), the earliest stone bridge in Washington County.  The luncheon gave us the opportunity to reconnect with some of the politicians and preservationists in the area and learn about all the great preservation activities that are going on in Washington County.  After lunch Preservation Maryland board members, Pat Schooley and Bill Beard, showed us around the Hagerstown Arts and Entertainment District.  We also visited The Almshouse, a 2010 Endangered Maryland site, which still needs an occupant, and the entrance pavilion (c. 1910) to the Hagerstown Fairgrounds which is in great condition.

Wilson Bridge at Conococheague Creek, Washington County

Bridge of Life Church formerly Colonial Theater, Hagerstown Arts & Entertainment District, Washington County

Bridge of Life Church formerly Colonial Theater, Hagerstown Arts & Entertainment District, Washington County

The Almshouse, Hagerstown, Washington County

The Almshouse, Hagerstown, Washington County

Entrance Pavilion, Hagerstown Fairgrounds, Washington County

Entrance Pavilion, Hagerstown Fairgrounds, Washington County

Locust Grove School, Rohrersville, Washington County

Locust Grove School, Rohrersville, Washington County

During the latter part of the day we made our way east from the Conococheague Aqueduct in Williamsport to Boonsboro which has a thriving downtown and then on to the Locust Grove School (c. 1870).  Locust Grove School was selected for Endangered Maryland this year because its owners can no longer care for it and would like to see an organization take up the cause.

Our day in western Maryland was jam packed and we only saw a small fraction of all that the area has to offer.  I look forward to returning in the fall on a Preservation Maryland field trip and I am sure I will visit on my own this summer.  If you have not explored western Maryland in a while, I highly recommend paying it a visit.

Margaret De Arcangelis

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2013 Endangered Maryland List Released

We are pleased to announce that the 2013 Endangered Maryland list has been released through Maryland Life magazine. A panel of historic preservationists selected the list from nominated properties and assessed the level of threat, historic and architectural significance and community support for preserving the site. The program’s purpose is to generate public awareness of Maryland’s threatened historic properties, generate possible solutions and serve as a call for action. Endangered Maryland is sponsored by Penza + Bailey Architects, Cho Benn Holback + Associates Inc. and Azola Companies.

Complete 2013 Endangered Maryland Release

The 2013 Endangered Maryland Sites are: (in alphabetical order).

1. Belward Farm (Montgomery County)
2. Cooper Apartments (Anne Arundel County)
3. Endangered Indigenous Landscapes (Multiple Counties)
4. Fort Carroll (Baltimore County)
5. Locust Grove School and Fort Frederick School (Washington County)
6. Monocacy National Battlefield (Frederick County)
7. Montanverde (Montgomery County)
8. Rogers Buchanan Cemetery (Baltimore City)
9. Scotland Post Office (St. Mary’s County)
10. Washington Grove (Montgomery County)

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