November 3, 2017

Preservation Personals: Maryland Farmhouse Seeks Pennsylvania German Architecture Buff

  • By: Nick Som

You may not know much about Pennsylvania German architecture, but if you pay me a visit, you’ll fall in love with the style in a heartbeat.

Located in Carroll County, Maryland, just south of the state’s border with Pennsylvania, I was built in 1799 by Christopher Erb, a member of the locally influential Erb family. I remained in the family until 1879, when Erb’s descendents filed for bankruptcy. Fortunately, the owners I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know since then have continued to maintain my sprawling grounds.

The Erbs were German immigrants who came to Maryland from Pennsylvania, and their heritage strongly influenced my design. My rustic stone exterior, dentil cornice ornamentation, wide batten door, and interior woodwork are just a few of the characteristics that make me a sublime example of the Pennsylvania German style found in my neck of the woods.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to be an architectural expert to appreciate my charms. I come with my original wood floors, an updated kitchen, and a basement hearth. Plus, with six bathrooms in all, your days of fighting for the shower can be a thing of the past.

If you step outside onto my double-tiered back porch, you may have to hold onto your jaw to keep it from dropping to the floor. My 37.76 acres of land include an original two-story spring house, a fenced pasture, and a natural pond for you to lounge in and around during the summertime.

While I’m only a brief drive from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, my peaceful seclusion, old-fashioned architecture, and outdoor luxuries may very well convince you to leave city life behind. Learn more about me here.

The exterior of a Maryland Farmhouse.

photo by: Gary Gestson

3333 Flickinger Road, Westminster, MD 21158

The kitchen of a Maryland farmhouse.

photo by: Gary Gestson

My old-fashioned appearance belies my modern interior, including a fully updated kitchen.

The living room of a Maryland farmhouse.

photo by: Gary Gestson

My stone fireplace adds an appropriately down-to-earth touch.

Nick Som is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys museums of all kinds, Philadelphia sports, and tracking down great restaurants.

nsom@savingplaces.org

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