On Wednesday, September 6th, Gladhill Tractor donated a pre-owned lawn tractor to BPA. This will certainly help us keep the property in better shape during mowing season and our funds can go to preserving the buildings! Many thanks to Maurice Gladhill, pictured in the photos with BPA President Paul Gilligan. Thanks also to Todd Remaley for initiating and following up on the discussion with Mr. Gladhill. We have added Gladhill Tractor to our home page of Corporate Sponsors with a link to their website.
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!
Captain Ayres was Chief of Artillery for William F. “Baldy” Smith’s division at Crampton’s Gap. The Report
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
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.