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How does a conservation district differ from a historic district – and it is right for your town? The City of Brunswick, Maryland, a town in rural Frederick County, is undertaking an initiative to create protections for their historic communities in the form of a conservation district. This recorded webinar conversation recorded by Preservation Maryland and Smart Growth Maryland on September 22, 2020 walks through what a conservation district is, how it works to protect historic communities, the process Brunswick went through, and the lessons learned.

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A native of Brunswick, Maryland in Frederick County, James Castle is a model citizen, dedicated volunteers, skilled historian, and stalwart preservationist…sometimes known as Brakeman Jim, while giving free tours to heritage tourists or local senior citizens. In 2015, James Castle became President of the Brunswick Potomac Foundation almost 20 years from the day he first started to volunteer for the organization. He has held the position ever since. In his tenure, Castle has led a note-worthy fundraising effort, supported the creation of a protective conservation district and the relocation of the historic WB Railroad Tower, and reinvigorated the organization’s online presence during Covid-19. Preservation Maryland is pleased to recognize Jim Castle with this year’s Preservation Maryland Best of Maryland Harrison Volunteer Award.

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Gov. Hogan recently announced $600,000 in grants for capital historic preservation projects across the state, including a grant to relocate the historic B&O WB Tower in Brunswick, Maryland – also a Preservation Maryland Six-to-Fix project and recipient of a Heritage Fund grant from Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust.

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Preservation Maryland is pleased to partner with the leaders and citizens of the City of Brunswick to help support the preservation of their railroad heritage and specifically to relocate and interpret the historic WB Tower.

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Preservation Maryland has been engaged in Brunswick, Maryland over the past few years, offering support on preservation issues and now through serving on the Preservation and Revitalization Committee. In order to learn more about Brunswick and its history, we met with Norm and Karen Cornelius, lifetime residents and champions of Brunswick.

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Serving as a resource for individuals who are working to save places that matter to their community is critical to the mission of Preservation Maryland. Since fall of 2017, the organization has assisted City of Brunswick residents with a campaign to save the J.P. Karns Lumber building on South Maryland Avenue and two houses on Maple Avenue from demolition.

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At a recent candidate forum for the City of Brunswick City Council the majority of participants voiced their emphatic support for the preservation of the historic downtown.

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In this guest post, Frederick County preservationist Kelly White updates the broader preservation community about the work to revitalize and preserve historic Brunswick, a small city of nearly 6,000 in western Maryland. 

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On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, local citizens and Preservation Maryland will host a panel discussion at Smoketown Brewing Station entitled, “Revitalizing Brunswick: Using our Heritage to Create a More Prosperous Future.”

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One of the most popular community engagement activities in Smart Growth is the Main Street Program. In 1998, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development created a comprehensive downtown revitalization program called Main Street Maryland. For more than 20 years, this program has improved the economy, appearance, and image of Maryland’s downtown districts.

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