Orlando Ridout V Field Survey Day

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Originally posted on Our History, Our Heritage:

by Heather Barrett, Administrator of Research & Survey

Forgeman's House at Catoctin

Forgeman’s House at Catoctin

On October 9th, the Trust held its first Orlando Ridout V field survey day in honor of our friend, mentor, and cherished colleague.   It was a crisp fall day in the village of Catoctin in Frederick County, a kind of day Orlando would have enjoyed.   A large group of over 30 – past and present MHT staff members and our local guides – visited various historic buildings and sites throughout the district, including:  the 1774 Catoctin Furnace; several stone worker’s cottages; a slave cemetery undergoing archeological investigation; the ruins of the late eighteenth century Iron Master’s House; and, the grand ca. 1805 house of Baker Johnson, one of the furnace’s original owners.  Throughout the day, Elizabeth Comer, our tour guide and organizer, provided insight into the area’s rich history.

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Successful Rural Economies: A Key to Prosperous Maryland Towns and Cities

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Rural Advocate, Former Calvert County Planning Director Greg Bowen to Keynote MPCA Conference

Bowen on his Calvert County farm

Bowen on his Calvert County farm

Greg Bowen came by his love of the rural life honestly. The fifth-generation Calvert County farmer, who will deliver the keynote address at this week’s Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) conference in Solomons, has agriculture in his blood.

Bowen, as he will discuss Friday during his MPCA lunch address, credits successful rural communities with setting the table for successful towns and cities. Sprawl-type growth in agricultural areas can sound the death knell for farming and draw vitality from cities and towns. By contrast, when rural areas thrive, urban and suburban dwellers can live more densely in areas where infrastructure and other resources are concentrated.

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Smart Growth Pioneer: Ellen Janes

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Former DHCD Assistant Secretary Received 2014 Award for 20 Years of Leadership

The Klots Mill Throwing Company in Cumberland was transformed into an apartment complex using the Community Investment Tax Credit program.

The Klots Mill Throwing Company in Cumberland was transformed into an apartment complex using the Community Investment Tax Credit program.

When Ellen Janes became the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) first assistant secretary for neighborhood revitalization in 1995, there were few programs designed to encourage people to move into existing neighborhoods. As part of Maryland’s movement toward smart growth, Janes pioneered programs like Community Legacy, which strengthens communities through business retention, streetscaping, façade improvements and encouraging homeownership, to breathe life back into communities that need a boost. More

Sailing on the Historic Yacht Elf

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Originally posted on Our History, Our Heritage:

By Melissa Archer, Preservation Officer

Yacht Elf

Yacht Elf

Two weeks ago, Baltimore celebrated the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore with a harbor full of ships. There were tall ships, small ships, historic ships, reproduction ships and modern war ships. Among the celebratory fleet was a small, sleek sailing vessel called the Yacht Elf.

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Reservists, Volunteers Lend Many Hands at Appalachian Mountain Mobile Health Clinic in Western Maryland

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Over 280 volunteers donated almost 3,300 hours during the nine-day event

More than 280 volunteers, 90 Army Reservists and several Navy personnel from a dozen states donated almost 3,300 hours during the nine-day event

Army Reservists got real-world experience providing community health care when they participated in an ambitious federal training program in Allegany County in mid-August. Teams of health service professionals treated more than 1,100 patients – some walk-in and some by appointment – providing free dental work, eyeglasses, pain management and nutrition counseling, among other services – in a readiness program designed as a training exercise but with plenty of community benefits.
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Out with a Bang! Culminating the War of 1812

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This article appears in the September 2014 issue of SpinSheet magazine. We thank the publisher for permission to reprint this article.
Ft. McHenry in Baltimore. Photo by Ken Stanek/Visit Baltimore

Ft. McHenry in Baltimore. Photo by Ken Stanek/Visit Baltimore

One of the strangest wars in America’s history will leave our collective consciousness soon, perhaps such as it did when it actually happened. In these pages over the last two years, we have learned how the British saber-rattled their way up and down the Chesapeake region with abandon two centuries before, in a war that many argue had no clear purpose, no great strategy, and some have surmised, no decisive victor. Motivations of national pride then and now are wildly divergent. Bill Pencek, executive director of Mayland’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission puts it this way: “The U.S. thinks we won, Canada knows they won, and Britain thinks, ‘What blimmin’ war are you talking about?” More

Tax Credit Highlight: The Calloway-Schooley House

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The Bonomos in front of the Calloway-Schooley House

The Bonomos in front of the Calloway-Schooley House

by Melissa Archer, Preservation Officer

Nancye and Philip Bonomo do not own a low-maintenance home.  In fact, by most people’s standards, their 116 year old, 3,300-square-foot, wood-clad, Queen Anne-style home would be considered quite the opposite. Despite the yards upon yards of exterior painted wood surfaces, the Bonomos could not resist the history and charm of this house.  It also helped that, as their realtor assured them, they would be able to take advantage of state and local tax credits to help alleviate the burden of maintaining a piece of Maryland history.

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