Adaptive Reuse of the Hamilton Willard Shafer Farm

Just outside of Burkittsville, a well-preserved small historic community in western Frederick County, lies the Shafer Farm, the site of a Union headquarters during the Civil War Battle of South Mountain in 1862. The farm house, barn, and out buildings have been vacant for nearly 20 years and have suffered as a result of deferred maintenance. With Preservation Maryland’s assistance, the long term goal for the Shafer property to act as a heritage tourism anchor may finally be achievable.


Partner: Burkittsville Preservation Association

The Problem

Just outside of Burkittsville, a well-preserved small historic community in western Frederick County, lies the Shafer Farm, the site of a Union headquarters during the Civil War Battle of South Mountain in 1862. The farm house, barn, and out buildings have been vacant for nearly 20 years and have suffered as a result of deferred maintenance. Without immediate attention, this witness to Civil War could be lost forever.

The Fix

With Preservation Maryland’s assistance, the long term goal for the Shafer property to act as a heritage tourism anchor may finally be achievable. We will provide technical assistance to the newly formed Burkittsville Preservation Association to stabilize the structure, develop a long-term, sustainable use and care strategy for the property, and  also assist with grant-writing, fundraising and public awareness.

Updates

January 2017

The Burkittsville Preservation Alliance, owners of the Shafer Farm, have been busy taking small, and necessary  steps to safeguard the property. Part of the program is the participation of the community in the fix and we have a great partner in  the Alliance.

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February 2017

At the Shafer Farm in historic Burkittsville, Maryland, Preservation Maryland partnered with the Durable Slate Company to help patch the historic roof and keep the water out as the fundraising begins to pay for a total rehabilitation.

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April 2017

Preservation Maryland Preservation Associate, Michelle Eshelman, transformed on-site measurements at Shafer Farm into a SketchUp model that can be used to show floor plans, sections, and really illustrates the Civil War-era structure’s unique stairwell configuration.

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