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Staff of the National Historic Preservation Training Center.
Six-to-Fix Update: National Historic Preservation Training Center Workday at Shafer Farm
Nearly 60 craftspeople including carpenters, masons, roofers and their apprentices worked at the historic Shafer Farm, one of Preservation Maryland’s Six-to-Fix projects, as a way of giving back to the local community in recognition of the Center’s 40th anniversary. The National Historic Preservation Training Center, based in Frederick, Maryland, is a unit of the National Park Service that utilizes historic preservation projects as their main vehicle for teaching preservation philosophy, building crafts, building technology, and project management skills.
Trained masons restacking the historic stonewalls at Shafer Farm, 2017.
Craftsmen stabilizing a historic meat shed at Shafer Farm, 2017.
The ca. 1840 historic Shafer Farm on the Preservation Training Center day of service, 2017.
Stabilization of the historic porch roof and deck at Shafer Farm, 2017.
The Center’s staff focused on several important projects over the course of the day, including:
Rebuilding and stabilizing the front porch of the historic home
Repointing and repairing failing brickwork above a second story window on the home
Stabilizing a historic meat shed with exterior framing
Restacking failing stonewalls on the ramp of the historic bank barn
Constructing nearly a dozen custom window ventilators to mothball the historic home
Documenting & creating scaled drawings of the historic outbuildings and barn
Members of the Burkittsville Preservation Association with Moss Rudley, Superintendent of Training Center and Preservation Maryland Executive Director, Nicholas Redding.
Moving forward, the next goal is to stabilize a failing western wall on the historic house to provide time for fundraising and reuse planning. The Heritage Grant provided to this project will also support this critical effort.