Live in History: Gittings-Baldwin House in Gunpowder Falls State Park

07/25/2016
By Preservation Maryland

Does living in a historic house located within one of Maryland’s scenic State Parks, Natural Resource Management Areas or other protected state lands sound like a dream come true? The Gittings-Baldwin House in Gunpowder Falls State Park near Baldwin is now available through Maryland’s Resident Curatorship Program.

The Gittings-Baldwin House is a 2-1/2 story stone house constructed in the late 18th century by the Gittings family. The house is comprised of 4 distinct sections divided by substantial stone walls and retains a great deal of its historic fabric. After falling in to disrepair, the property became the first to be officially included in DNR’s Resident Curatorship Program in 1982. Over the ensuing decades, the curators rehabilitated the house and grounds until 2012 when the property was returned to the purview of the Maryland Park Service.

The property is currently in need of a new partner to ensure its continued preservation.

Gunpowder Falls State Park would like to see the property become more accessible to the public. Preference will be given to applications which provide for regular public programming and/or amenities which are consistent with DNR’s mission. While DNR encourages creative new uses for the property, proposals should take in to account the historic significance of the property and avoid negatively impacting any historic aspects of the house or grounds. All work must meet the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation.

Tenants will be responsible for all expenses associated with repair and maintenance of the structure and grounds. Specific lease terms will be reviewed with individual applicants depending on the nature of their proposal.

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