Historic Sites In Frederick County Receive Preservation Grants

The money will be used to rehabilitate rural historic properties in the county.

Frederick, Md (KM) Seven rural properties in Frederick County will  receive Rural Historic Preservation Grants. That announcement was made Tuesday morning by County Executive Jessica Fitzwater.

They include the Rocky Springs School House which is receiving $35,000 for milling and journey work as part of a large project to restore the roof framing.

The Anderson House on Catoctin Furnace Road in Thurmont is receiving $35,845 to replace the roof of the house and install gutters. The property was part of worker housing for the Catoctin Furnace..

The Daniel James House on Old Annapolis Road in Mount Airy is getting $50,000 to repoint the south and east elevations of the stone house, and rebuild the southern brick chimney. This house was built   in the late 1700s and is part of a working farm  in the Peace and Plenty Rural Historic District. ;

The Liberty Female Seminary on Main Street in Libertytown is receiving $38,387 to repoint two elevations of the stone building. The property was constructed to educate and board young women, and was the earliest female seminary in Frederick County.

Elisha Beall, Urban Pike in Frederick,  is getting $23,916 to replace non-historic windows with historically accurate replications on a building that housed enslaved workers. The land was part of a larger faming complex constructed in the first quarter of the 19th century.

Needwood Farm, Lee’s Lane in Knoxville,  is receiving $36,852 to repair and replace the box gutters on the  house. The property is an example of Second Empire architecture.

Buckeystown United Methodist Church, Michaels Mill Road in Buckeystown, is receiving $30,000 to repair and  replace the wood siding and wood frames, and to repaint. The church was originally built in 1900 and rebuilt in 1930. It has been an important resource to the African-American Community.

All of these properties are on the County’s Historic Register.

These grants which can be up to $50,000, allow individual property owners and non-profit organizations to stabilize, rehabilitate, restore or preserve the exterior of the historic property.

“Livable Frederick calls for us to preserve the places that make Frederick County unique,” says County Executive Fitzwater. “By restoring these structures, we connect new generations to our rich history. I’m pleased that we are able, through the collection of recordation revenue, to invest $250,000 toward this program this year.”

By Kevin McManus