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2007 site: Barnes Road BridgeWashington County recently approved funding and began work to rehabilitate the Barnes Road Bridge in its existing form. The project is due to be completed in May of 2011.
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2007 site: Bond Simms BarnBond-Simms Tobacco Barn (St. Mary’s County)
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2007 site: Bucktown Village StoreBucktown Store (Dorchester County)
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2007 site: Comsat LabCOMSAT Laboratories (Montgomery County)
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2007 site: Doughoregan ManorDoughoregan Manor (Howard County). In July, the Howard County Council approved plans for development in a corner of the estate. The plans allows for up to 325 homes to be built on 221 acres in the northeast corner of the 892 acre site.
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2007 site: Former B&O Train StationAberdeen Train Station (Harford County)
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2007 site: Lonaconing Silk MillLonaconing Silk Mill (Allegany County). Community efforts to find a buyer and ensure the long term preservation of the Lonaconing Silk Mill are still active. This June, thousands of dollars of brass was stolen from the Mill. Police are following leads.
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2007 site: Ridgeley SchoolRidgeley Rosenwald School (Prince George’s County)
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2007 site: Sellers MansionSellers Mansion (Baltimore City). In March, Baltimore Heritage engaged an architect, Anne Raines, to assess the conditions of the historic mansion. The record-breaking snow storm and harsh winter were not kind to it, and the building continues to deteriorate. The St. James Community Development Corporation, the mansion's owner, is in the midst of a series of meetings to determine the best course for preserving the mansion.
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2007 site: St Peters CemeterySt. Peter the Apostle Catholic Cemetery: (Baltimore City)
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2007 site: Wallace OfficeWallace Office Building (Dorchester County).
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2008 site: Bel Air AcademyBel Air Academy and Graded School (Harford County). The Bel Air Academy was transferred to Harford County from the School Board and is expected to be renovated in the future for a community use. Several uses have been suggested, but no final decision has been made. Meanwhile, the building has been stabilized in anticipation of a new use.
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2008 site: Camp RitchieCamp Ritchie Historic District (Washington County)
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2008 site: Carver HeightsCarver Heights United Services Organizations (USO)/Community Center (St. Mary's County). The Carver Heights Community Center suffered a partial collapse and was torn down. This June, a playground was dedicated on the site and advocates for the preservation of the building are now working to erect a monument to the Center at the site.
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2008 site: Double MillsDouble Mills (Wicomico County). Restoration work is still needed with the estimated amount of funds needed to restore the buildings and equipment. Double Mills, Inc. continues to work for the site's preservation and to raise awareness of the site in the community.
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2008 site: Gardeners CottageGardner's Cottage: Historic treasures in city parks (Baltimore City). Fundraising and efforts to protect the structure from further decay are desperately needed. Architectural study and planning for its restoration are needed to obtain some sources of funding. An engineering study to determine how best to safely halt the decay is needed. Interested advocates capable of funding the above needs are necessary.
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2008 site: LinwoodLinwood: Preservation of Maryland's historic landscapes (Carroll County)
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2008 site: Loving Charity HallLoving Charity Hall (Montgomery County)
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2008 site: Shade Run BridgeBig Shade Run Bridge and Little Shade Run Bridge (Garrett County)
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2008 site: Sinclair gas stationSinclair Gasoline Service Station (Prince George's County)
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2008 site: Skipjack Flora A PriceSkipjack Flora A. Price (was Caroline County, now ocated in Dorchester County). The necessary funds to commission the restoration plan for the Flora A. Price have been raised. This plan provides the tools needed to proceed with the major fundraising for restoration. Once completed and launched, another one hundred year old lady will grace the waters of the Choptank River.
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2008 site: TrimpersTrimper's Rides and Amusement Park (Worcester County)
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2009 site: Brumbaugh FarmBrumbaugh‐Kendle‐Grove Farmstead (Washington County). The FAA and MHT are still working out a memorandum.
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2009 site: Falkland ApartmentsFalkland Apartments (Montgomery County)
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2009 site: Friendship HallFriendship Hall (Dorchester County). The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) obtained an option contract this June allowing them 90 days to raise the funds needed or find a buyer for the eventual protection of the property. They are in discussions about purchase price. The contract expires on September 10th and the ESLC welcomes suggestions for buyers or major donors.
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2009 site: Handsell HouseHandsell (Dorchester County). The Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance continues to research Handsell and seek funding to move ahead with a restoration of the house. A preservation plan for the house, which includes a structural engineer’s report, should completed by fall 2010. Volunteers and new members are always needed to help the NHPA protect this site.
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2009 site: High Winds Gun ClubHigh Winds Gun Club (Worcester County)
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2009 site: Linwood VillageLinwood (Carroll County)
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2009 site: Mechanic TheatreMechanic Theatre: (Baltimore City)
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2009 site: Mount NeboMount Nebo AME Church (Prince George's County)
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2009 site: St Patricks Catholic ChurchSt. Patrick's Catholic Church (Cecil County). The St. Patrick’s Chapel Historical Society has been undertaking restoration efforts and will rededicate the chapel this September to celebrate the success of those efforts.
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2009 site: Upton MansionUpton Mansion (Baltimore City). After an unfortunate break-in that resulted in serious vandalism on the inside, Upton Mansion has been secured. Baltimore City, the building's owner, has not come forward with a plan for the mansion. However, the city's historic preservation commission is in the process of evaluating each city-owned historic landmark building, including the mansion, to help prioritize municipal budgets and resources.
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2010 site: AlmshouseThe Almshouse (Washington County). The City of Hagerstown has mothballed the building to help protect against further deterioration and has designated it as a Landmark building. Earlier this year, a marker was installed outside the building relating the history of the site.
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2010: ArabbersThe Arabber Community (Baltimore City). Baltimore's Arabbers continue to ply their trade. After the return of the Retreat Street horses, two stables remain and our Arabber Center with 4-6 Arabbers working with ponies and more working with trucks . On September 18th, The Patterson Theater will be hosting Arabbers and the Society. Visit www.creativealliance.org for more information.
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2010 site: Ellicott CityEllicott City Historic District (Howard County)
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2010 site: Fells Point Recreation PierFells Point Recreation Pier (Baltimore City). In March, Baltimore City sold the site to new owners who plan to build a hotel with restaurant in the building.
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2010 site: Fox's TavernFox's Tavern (Frederick County)
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2010 site: Harmony HallHarmony Hall (Prince George's County)
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Harriett TubmanHarriet Tubman Underground Railroad Cultural Landscape (Caroline and Dorchester Counties)
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2010 site: Lakefront PromenadeLakefront Promenade (Howard County)
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2010 site: Millbrook Grist MillMillbrook Grist Mill (Charles County)
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2010 site: Newtowne Manor HouseNewtowne Manor (St. Mary's County)
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2010 site: Providence FarmProvidence Farm (Queen Anne's County). The site is now owned by the Queen Anne’s County Historical Society. Details to ensure the long term preservation of the site are still being worked out.
2007 site: Barnes Road Bridge
2007 site: Bond Simms Barn
2007 site: Bucktown Village Store
2007 site: Comsat Lab
2007 site: Doughoregan Manor
2007 site: Former B&O Train Station
2007 site: Lonaconing Silk Mill
2007 site: Ridgeley School
2007 site: Sellers Mansion
2007 site: St Peters Cemetery
2007 site: Wallace Office
2008 site: Bel Air Academy
2008 site: Camp Ritchie
2008 site: Carver Heights
2008 site: Double Mills
2008 site: Gardeners Cottage
2008 site: Linwood
2008 site: Loving Charity Hall
2008 site: Shade Run Bridge
2008 site: Sinclair gas station
2008 site: Skipjack Flora A Price
2008 site: Trimpers
2009 site: Brumbaugh Farm
2009 site: Falkland Apartments
2009 site: Friendship Hall
2009 site: Handsell House
2009 site: High Winds Gun Club
2009 site: Linwood Village
2009 site: Mechanic Theatre
2009 site: Mount Nebo
2009 site: St Patricks Catholic Church
2009 site: Upton Mansion
2010 site: Almshouse
2010 site: Ellicott City
2010 site: Fells Point Recreation Pier
2010 site: Fox's Tavern
2010 site: Harmony Hall
2010 site: Lakefront Promenade
2010 site: Millbrook Grist Mill
2010 site: Newtowne Manor House
2010 site: Providence Farm
In 2006, Preservation Maryland partnered with Maryland Life to present Endangered Maryland, a program designed to raise awareness of some of the state’s most threatened historic and cultural sites. While many other lists existed on the national and local level, prior to the inaugural list in the March/April 2007 issue of Maryland Life, there was no list for the state of Maryland.
Since that first call for nominations, we have featured a total of 43 sites from 18 counties. Our 2010 Endangered Maryland list, available here, is a testament to the breadth of historic resources in Maryland. But it also brings attention to the many threats to those resources and the importance of protecting and preserving them for future generations.
Endangered Maryland listings do not have to be places; they can also be traditions. In 2008, we featured the Skipjack Flora A. Price, one of the few remaining Skipjacks once so common on the Chesapeake Bay. Since the Endangered Maryland listing, enough funds have been raised to begin the work of restoring this unique treasure. This year’s listing of the Arabber Community in Baltimore showcases another rich Maryland tradition at risk of dying out.
The list also features stately mansions like Prince George’s County’s Harmony Hall and Baltimore City’s Upton Mansion. Harmony Hall is vacant and threatened by deterioration and vandalism despite efforts by its owners, the National Park Service, and other local groups. Upton Mansion is also without a tenant but, since its 2009 listing, has been given the added protection of being listed as a Baltimore landmark.
Sites from the 2010 list, like Providence Farm, are wonderful examples of the importance of telling the story of our rural past. Providence Farm is a tucked-away 18th-Century treasure featuring wonderful original features. After years of being in extreme peril, efforts to protect the site have picked up steam in the past year and we are hopeful a long-term plan for the preservation of the site will come to fruition.
We are now looking for the next group of at-risk sites to feature in the March/April 2011 issue of Maryland Life. Think about those places that are special to you and consider nominating a site to Endangered Maryland. Please visit our website or the Endangered Maryland page on MarylandLife.com for the nomination form.
For updates on all of the sites featured since 2007, please check out our slideshow.