View of Federal Campsite as the September 15-17 Crampton’s Gap event nears.

Looking west at the property from the east.

Looking west from the east showing the barn on the left and the Federal campsite on the right in the trees. Cornfields surround the property on three sides, about 2′ tall.

Looking east from the eastern side of the property.

We now have grass around the wellhead.

Looking south from the southern end of the property.

Looking west from the western end of the property toward Crampton’s Gap on the right.

Looking north to the Federal Campsite.

Looking south at the back of the house and outbuildings from the southern end of the Federal campsite.

Looking north from the northern side of the property.

Looking south from the northern end of the property. The Federal campsite and the barn.

Looking NE from north side of barn at possible witness tree.

Tri-County Pump Service Sponsoring Well Work

Tri-County Pump Service has volunteered parts and labor to establish access to well water at the Hamilton Willard Shafer Farm. Todd Remaley has been working with the company, which has been very receptive to partnering with BPA on the Shafer farm. Todd personally dug himself into a hole about 4′ deep, 4′ wide, and 6′ long in preparation of the Tri-County crew’s visit. They came out on Thursday, June 8th, and completed the hook-up of the hoses and water bib with the electrical switches and pressure gauge. They will be out again to drop a well pump and wire to the switch box in the access hole by the wellhead. From there, they will test the water and install a hand pump. With everything working, we will construct a platform and trough so that we can obtain fresh drinking water for the reenactment in September.

We want to thank Tri-County for their work and recommend their service as a corporate sponsor on our homepage!









crowdraise page for emergency roof repairs

Preservation Maryland has created a crowdrise page to raise $2500 for emergency roof repairs to the Shafer house. BPA has been using PM’s expertise and connections to advance our restoration efforts. BPA has completed a lot of cleaning and bracing projects as well as some roof repairs, but the repairs that Nick is talking about are beyond our abilities and will keep the house dry through the winter and spring months. Preservation Maryland has advanced the funds, so the repair will be made. We do, however, need to replace those funds. Grants have been applied for to complete more extensive work in the future and the NPS Historic Preservation Training Center is celebrating their 40th anniversary by having a day-of-service at the Shafer farm on May 25th. Great things are happening and we invite you to participate in saving our local history! You can donate here

Work completed to clean up Shafer House

Todd Remaley has been busy at the Shafer House. He has taken down the old chicken wire fence, raked up most of the ivy he removed from
the buildings, and unearthed the corner survey monuments.



He also weed whacked the property and removed trash.

He removed the temporary panel wall upstairs.



The Billiard Room’s ceiling, paneling and insulation has been removed.




NPS HPTC Visit 12/14/16

Tom Vitanza, Senior Historical Architect and Moss Rudley, Deputy Superintendent, of the NPS Historic Preservation Training Center and Nicholas Redding, Executive Director of Preservation Maryland, paid us a visit to view the property and suggest what they might be able to contribute to the preservation of the Shafer farm. We may be looking at a Spring 2017 volunteer workday to celebrate the 40th year of HPTC.


Discussing the complete costs of barn restoration, some reaching one-half to three-quarters of a million dollars!


Discussing a water leak that has been damaging the stone wall. Stone work is much more costly to repair than wood.


The cause of the damage is rain water runoff from the roof. The temporary fix could be as simple as some plywood sheeting held tight by cinder blocks to divert the water.


The repaired wall.


The view east from a second floor door.


Examining the barn interior. It looks as though the barn may have been rebuilt to accommodate the new technology of a running pulley for moving hay bales. Numerous repairs have been made to the interior over the years. Tom and Moss suggested construction scaffolding on the interior for the southern third of the barn length.


The view north.


The view east.


Paul, Nick, Tom, Moss, and Todd examining the south side of the barn.