Md. Historical Trust Provides $600,000 In Grants For Historic Sites

Two are in Frederick County,.



Crownsville, Md (KM) Three National Historic Landmarks and seven other historic properties received grants totaling $600,000 from the Maryland Historical  Trust   Two are located in Frederick County.

The Trust awarded $40,000 to the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum in Frederick. In a news release, the MHT describes the Schifferstadt Museum as a one of the nation’s finest examples of German colonial architecture. . It’s a National Historic  Landmark, and one of the earliest known homes in Frederick.

The grant will be use by the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation  to prevent further water intrusion by repairing  windows and doors, and the installation of a gutter system. Work will  also be done to repoint the interior and exterior walls.

A second grant of $15,000 will be awarded to the B&O WB Tower in Brunswick. The tower was  constructed  about 1910, and was the westbound railroad tower for the Brunswick stop, according to the MHT. It is part of Brunswick’s association with the  railroad.

The structure was donated by CSX, the successor of the B&O Railroad, to the City of Brunswick. The money from the Trust will be used to move the tower to a nearby parcel, saving it from destruction.

Spokesman Dave Buck with the Maryland Department of Planning says the MHT received more than 40 applications for funding in 2020. “There are so  many of these older structures built in the 1800’s and the early 1900’s that have so  much history to them. And providing this grant money,  it allows these projects to continue moving forward so people can enjoy them for decades to come,” Buck says.

The grants are part of the Preservation Capital Grants Program.

He says the grant funding can be used for physical preservation, archaeology, engineering, consulting services and property acquisition.

Grants also went to historical sites in Baltimore City, and Prince George’s, Montgomery, Worcester and Dorchester Counties.

Buck says applications for the 2021 Capital Grant Program will be available early next year. Deadline and other information will be announced in 2021.


By Kevin McManus