The 2012 Top Endangered Sites
The late 1800 Elkridge home of notable Dr. Brumbaugh and owned by the Elkridge Heritage Society, is continuing their extensive restoration. The Society is seeking memberships and donations to supplement their fundraising efforts to complete this restoration. For information, contact Dave Grabowski at 410-798-8112 or email@example.com.
This purchase of this significant historic property by Howard County is an encouraging development for Belmont’s future. It is under extensive restoration of its building by the Department of Recreation and Parks. Plans for the use of the property are being developed with the assistance of a community based advisory group. The result of a search for an organization to operate programs, sale of Dobin House, and State bond request have not been completed.
Rockburn Heritage Park
The restoration and addition of the Doyle Spring House and Barn buildings to Clover Hill a late 1700's home, the Pfieffer Conrner School House, and the McKenzie Bank Barn will provide an interpretive heritage park setting of buildings representing Howard County’s history.
Ellicott City Jail
This building in the heart of the city’s historic district offers great potential to be adapted for a public building or private business. The adaptive use of the Baltimore County abandoned jail in Towson as a café could serve as a model for adaptive use and a tourist destination.
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Community support is still needed to complete the plans of the Patapsco Heritage Greenway to restore safety railings, create a viewing area, and provide interpretive signage at this significant engineering construction. Information on the plans on fundraising can be made to President John Slater at 410-992-0001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Daisy General Store and Outpost
The pending sale of the property has the community concerned whether new ownership will result in the loss of this last crossroads community's historic building. It remains a reminder and symbol of what was this small community's commerce center and social center for dances and pot luck suppers.
The Greater Highland Crossroads Association (GHCA) is continuing its work with others in Western Howard County to create a plan that will protect and invigorate their historic crossroads community established in 1759. The Plan would encourage the revitalization of the village crossroads by promoting attractive, well-designed new residential development, by removing the potential for undesirable conditional uses from the zoning law, and by encouraging village crossroads to continue to provide goods and services to the local community as needed.
Historic National Road
Unregulated development risks the historic integrity of this designated National Road Scenic Byway, which was built in the early 1800's as the first federally planned and funded highway in the country. Today this historic road, which started in Cumberland, Maryland, and connected the port of Baltimore with the Northwest Territories, is known in Howard County as Route 144. More information can be found by contacting the Maryland National Road Association at 410-489-9100 or marylandnationalroad.org.
The Daisy One Room Schoolhouse, one of the few remaining in the county, is waiting to be reconstructed on the property of the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum in West Friendship. Fundraising efforts are under way and those wanting to help with this effort should call the museum at 410-489-2345 for information.