Organizations like Preservation Maryland aren’t just preserving the past – we’re investing in our future. In just the past year we’ve invested heavily in our work and refused to accept the mounting challenges as a reason to retreat or hold our position. But – trust me as I say this – we simply cannot rest on our past victories. The future demands action – and with your support, we will make 2021 a year to celebrate.
When you donate to Preservation Maryland, you are donating to the heart of Maryland’s historic communities. Each year deserving community organizations are turned down for grant funds because of a lack of grant funds. Your gift can make the difference between – lost and saved.
Heritage Fund check presentation at Howard County Conservancy.
Heritage Fund Highlight: Carriage House at Mt. Pleasant Farm Restored by Howard County Conservancy
Historic Mt. Pleasant farm was donated for preservation by sisters Ruth and Frances Brown, retired Howard County schoolteachers, in the early 1990s after eight generations of family use. It is now maintained and operated by the Howard County Conservancy for educational programs, special events and is open to the public for hiking, exploring our nature center, and visiting the John L. Clark Honors Garden.
The farm is the only historic farmstead open to the public in the county, attracting and educating approximately 25,000 annual visitors.
Ruth and Frances Brown donated Mt. Pleasant Farm to the Howard County Conservancy.
Recreated doors at the Carriage House with original hardware.
The Howard County Conservancy was awarded an $8,000 grant in 2019 from the Heritage Fund for the restoration of the historic carriage house on the Mt. Pleasant property and recently completed the majority of the work. The carriage house was in urgent need of stabilization including replacing rotting wood, and repainting to match the existing colors. The site features a distinctive copula and large front doors. Those doors were recreated and the original hardware reaffixed.
When the interior work is completed and as pandemic safety precautions allow, the Carriage House will be ready to serve as a gathering space for Marylanders and visitors alike.
The Heritage Fund grant program is a cooperative effort of Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust to provide direct assistance to organizations and municipalities for the protection of historical and cultural resources. Since the program’s beginnings in 1997, the Heritage Fund has distributed nearly $1.5 dollars in direct support across 430 projects – a statewide investment in Maryland’s history and heritage that has leveraged over $20 million dollars of support.