Category Archives: NPS

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

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.

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

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

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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.

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The repaired wall.

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The view east from a second floor door.

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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.

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The view north.

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The view east.

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