November Field Trips
Sunday, November 3 - Western Maryland
Jump aboard a trolley in Cumberland bound for the Lonaconing Silk Mill (pictured left), a 2007 Endangered Maryland site. From Lonaconing we will make our way to the site of Brownsville, an African-American neighborhood with a history that is closely linked to the development of Frostburg State University. We will learn about the history of transportation in Western Maryland at the La Vale Toll House, and the day will conclude with a tour of Washington Street in Cumberland conducted by a local historian.
Saturday, November 9 - St. Mary's County
If historic homes pique your interest, join us on Saturday, November 9, in St. Mary's County, as we visit some of the most historic private properties in Southern Maryland. The group will be welcomed into four meticulously cared for homes and an early Jesuit mission site. Cremona (1819), one of the largest surviving Federal houses in the area, is our first stop, and then we arrive at De la Brook (c1835) with its transitional Greek Revival woodwork. We will enjoy lunch at St. Francis Xavier Church (1766) which is adjacent to Newtown Manor (late 1700s) (pictured left), a 2010 Endangered Maryland site. The homes on the Potomac River we will visit include River Springs, a Federal style building that has been in the same family since it was constructed in the first half of the 1800s, and Ocean Hall (c1670) which underwent extensive interior changes in 1725 but retains its unique cruck roof framing.