MSO Guild hosting house and garden tour

September 30, 1998

MSO tourBy MEG H. PARTINGTON / Staff Writer

photos: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

A wide spectrum of Washington County homes, from colonial to "quirky," await those who participate in Maryland Symphony Orchestra Guild's House and Garden Tour Saturday, Oct. 3.

Dating from the 1800s to the 1950s, the six houses featured on the tour vary in design and function.

Old Stone Mill, 13306 Edgemont Road, Smithsburg, was built in the mid-1800s and served at different times as a grist mill, whiskey distillery and canning factory. In recent years, it has been used as a live-in art seminar facility, as well as a photo and art studio.

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Little Stone House, 12914 Fountain Head Road, was built in 1933 as a model home in what was one of the newest residential sections of Hagerstown - Fountain Head Heights. Its purpose was to inspire others to build, remodel, refurbish and redecorate homes.


Some, like the home of Shirley Fout Miller and Richard Miller, 1147 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, have changed little from their original appearance. Others, like the home of Mimi and Breese Mark Dickinson, at 12903 Fountain Head Road, have undergone major renovations.

The tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, will benefit MSO activities. Attendees may tour the homes in any order and visit as many as they want.

"I think it's fun to go into other homes and get ideas. I think people like to do this," said Patty Enders, chairwoman of MSO Guild Ways and Means committee. The styles people choose for their homes tell a lot about them, she said.

MSO tourHomes featured on the tour include:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Old Stone Mill, 13306 Edgemont Road, Smithsburg, owned by Jackie and Lynn Shaw.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> 20470 Jefferson Blvd., Hagerstown, home of Erle and Richard Lee.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Oakstone, 947 The Terrace, Hagerstown, home of Peggy and John Waltersdorf.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> 1147 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, home of Shirley Fout Miller and Richard Miller.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> 12903 Fountain Head Road, Hagerstown, owned by Mimi and Breese Mark Dickinson.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Little Stone House, 12914 Fountain Head Road, Hagerstown, owned by Bunny Waltersdorf, daughter of Peggy and John Waltersdorf.

Bunny Waltersdorf has helped her parents and friends show their houses on other tours, but this is her first time opening hers to the public.

"My purpose is to help benefit the symphony and their education program," said Waltersdorf, a member of the guild. Open for viewing will be her ground floor, basement and grounds.

Waltersdorf only has lived in the house since February, but grew fond of it when friends lived there. She told them to let her know if they ever wanted to sell it - and they did.

When visitors stroll through the house, they should take note of the architectural detail. The deep windowsills and wood wainscoting are particularly handsome, she said, as is the wood-paneled basement.

The home is "very advanced, very efficient," for one built in the 1930s, she said.

Breese Mark Dickinson was drawn to his property on Fountain Head Road not by the house, but the surroundings.

"The location is great," he said, describing the woods and golf course that the "quirky" 1950s home overlooks.

It has taken 1 1/2 years to gut, remodel and add on to the house to make it more traditional than it used to be, he said.

Much time and effort were spent on blending the new construction in with the original.

Now the house of stone and stucco features an extensive patio, outdoor areas interconnected by walkways and brick floors inside and out to bring the feeling of outside indoors.

The house grew by 50 percent with the addition and is designed so the Dickinsons can live in just half of it if they choose.

Tickets for the tour are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. They can be purchased from MSO Guild members or at the MSO office, 13 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

For information, call the MSO office at 301-797-4000 or send faxes to 301-797-2314.

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