Frederick County Council Adds Two Houses To Register Of Historic Places

That means the owners are eligible for tax credits, grant funds.

Frederick, Md (KM) The Frederick County Council last Tuesday agreed to add two homes built in the 19th Century to the County’s Register of Historic Places. That means they meet certain criteria which exemplifies cultural, economic, social, political, or historic heritage of the county and its communities; and it is an example of the characteristics of the type, period or method of construction or architecture, says Amanda Whitmore, Historic Preservation Principle Planner I.

One of the homes is the Adam Koogle House located on 3.84-acres at 3120 Old National Pike in Middletown. Whitmore says the house has some association with the Civil War, serving as Confederate General JEB Stuart’s headquarters during the Maryland Campaign in 1862. “As the Union Army under General McClellan advanced, Stuart ordered the ‘Koogle Bridge’ to be burnt down to slow the Union Army,” she says. “The burning of the wooden covered bridge also burnt  Koogle’s barn, hay shed and other agricultural outbuilding nearby.”

Another property added was the Henry Brandenburg House at 9057 Myersville Road in Myersville. “Henry’s house was moderately sized which represents the economic standing of rural farmers in the 1800’s,” says Whitmore. “Additionally, the property is architecturally significant as a good example of a 19th Century farmstead that illustrates distinctive characteristics of a type and period of construction common to mid-Maryland.”

The listing of these two properties on the County’s Register of Historic Places makes their owners eligible for tax credits. They can also apply for grants to preserve, restore and rehabilitate their structures.

By Kevin McManus