Heritage Fund Highlight: Main Street Middletown to Purchase Two Main Street Buildings

By Jessica Feldt

Main Street Middletown will use a Heritage Fund grant from Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust in support of their efforts to purchase and protect two historic buildings in the Middletown Historic District in Frederick County.

19 & 21 West Main Street, Middletown, MD.

On May 4, 2018, Becky Axilbund, manager of Main Street Middletown, accepted the $10,000 Heritage Fund grant from Preservation Maryland Executive Director, Nicholas Redding and Nell Ziehl, Chief, Office of Planning, Education, and Outreach at the Maryland Historical Trust. Later, Burgess John Miller read a proclamation in honor of Preservation Month at the Monthly Burgess and Commissioners Workshop.


Main Street Middletown was awarded the $10,000 Heritage Fund grant in support of their ongoing efforts to purchase and protect two historic buildings in the Middletown Historic District. Both 19 and 21 West Main Street stand out along the street for their small size and distinctive features. Main Street Middletown seeks to purchase the buildings both to preserve them for the future, but also to show the value of preservation to the community. The organization is currently occupying the building and working to finalize their fundraising efforts towards completing the purchase.

Main Street Middletown is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and certified Main Street. Over the years, Main Street Middleton has done extensive outreach to encourage business owners in the Historic District to use a preservation approach when working on their building including providing training and producing a book highlighting the architectural history of the community.


The Heritage Fund is a cooperative effort of Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust and provides direct assistance for the protection of historical and cultural resources and promotes innovative demonstration projects that can be successfully replicated to meet Maryland’s historic preservation needs. The Fund is intended to serve the needs of tangible cultural resources in Maryland. Historic sites, buildings, districts, objects, and archaeological resources are all eligible for funding.

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