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Preserving a powerful piece of American history.

Slave House Restoration Project 

Help us preserve an original Stone Slave House built over 150 years ago and in desperate need of restoration. 

Civil War era historic farm located in Frederick, MD, home to an original stone slave house.  At one time, the property had three slave houses. Unfortunately, due to deterioration, only one house remains standing.

The stone foundation of the existing house is currently in fair shape, but the roof has collapsed and the entire structure is threatened with eventual collapse if repairs are not immediately made. As winter approaches, we must secure the foundation and re-roof the structure.

Your pledge will help fund the overwhelming expenses incurred during the restoration process. We must first clear the growth surrounding the house, secure the foundation, remove and dispose of existing unusable materials, replace all support beams, remove, replace and re-point damaged fieldstone from foundation, purchase all materials necessary for a new roof.

Our goal is to complete the project in stages depending upon your participation.

Stage One: $7,500.00 Clearing undergrowth and debris, pointing up stone work, reinstalling fallen stone work under eaves, windowsills and doorway, replacing roof rafters, purlins, and slate.

Stage Two: $5,000.00 Purchase and install architecturally correct windows and door, repair loft, re-side gable ends, install wood stove, install drain tile and grading for water run off.

This work will preserve the structure for future generations. Through this restoration, we will honor the lives of all enslaved people who lived in such dwellings. Please join us in this important restoration effort and help us tell their stories.  Let's preserve this important piece of American history together.

How to help:

In addition to your pledge, PLEASE help spread the word on FACEBOOK, Twitter, e.mail, etc.

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    A huge THANK YOU! Every little bit helps!

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    You will be listed on our Facebook page as a Sponsor. (Your Business or Personal Facebook Page)

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    Tote Bag. An awesome tote bag with our farm logo. Perfect for your next trip to the farmer's market or grocery store.

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    8x10 black & white photograph of completed slave house. We will also include a piece of the slave house..... it might be a 150 year old nail used during the original construction, a small piece of one of the wood beams we remove. Great to display with the photograph in a shadow box.

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    (A) T-Shirt with our farm logo. (B) If you're local, a one hour farm tour and photo opportunity for two guests.

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    Two tickets to the unveiling celebration.

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    Bring your camping gear. One overnight stay in the completed slave house (2 guests). Cook on the stone fire pit, bring a bottle of wine and enjoy the country stars at night. Farm & Barn tour included. You select date.

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    Same as $500.00 pledge PLUS permission to metal detect property during overnight stay. Items found on the property have included: civil war bullets, ammo box plate, uniform buttons, coins, belt buckles. You may substitute metal detecting for one day of deer hunting during hunting season on our 200 acre farm. (2 hunters). You select date.

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