Washington County Historical Trust looks to restore 1800s farmhouse

The Saylor House is set to open as an education center in 2020

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - It's aging stone date back to the 1800s, but inside, its wood structure is still holding on.

“The house has not been lived in for 60 years, and it’s so amazing that with such well-built stone walls and with a roof on it has stood there for 60 years,” said Merry Stinson, Washington County Historical Trust.  

Members of the Washington County Historical Trust, along with Antietam-Conococheague Watershed Alliance, have decided to restore the old Saylor House located in the Hagerstown Kiwanis Park.  

“Right now, we are losing our craft's people. We are all aging out. So, this is an opportunity, where we have a building that everybody can participate and learn those historic trades,” said Ann Aldrich, Washington County Historical Trust.

The farmhouse sits at the entrance of the park, and after restoration, the group hopes to open it to the public for educational opportunities.  

“All of our activities will be geared towards mostly high school kids on up to learn carpentry skills and other historic building trades that were involved in building these houses 200 years ago, “ Aldrich stated.  

With a central location and added activities to the area, the Historical Trust is expecting to finish by 2020.

“It’s really exciting that the house sits on the creek, because you can do both historical and environmental programs,” said Stinson.

During the restoration process, the Historical Trust will be looking for volunteers. 

To get involved, send an email to info@wchistoricaltrust.org.


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