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Two county properties considered for register

March 27, 2001

Two county properties considered for register



By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Two Washington County properties - the Nicodemus Mill Complex and Tipahato - were nominated Tuesday for the National Register of Historic Places.

The Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously to make the nominations recommended by the Washington County Historic District Commission.

The Nicodemus Mill Complex is at 20019 Nicodemus Mill Road near Keedysville.

Tipahato, which has served as a retreat, is at Raven Rock Road. The property straddles the Washington/Frederick County line, with four acres of the nine-acre parcel in Washington County.

The Nicodemus Mill Complex qualifies for the register because the property is associated with events that made a significant contribution to the patterns of history, said Stephen T. Goodrich, Washington County Planning Department senior planner.

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It is a representative, well-preserved example of a farmstead from a historical period, the 19th century, when Washington County made major contributions to agricultural production, he said.

It is also suggested for listing because it the property has historical significance due to its physical design and construction, he said. The six-building structure is an early example of vernacular domestic architecture in Washington County.

The property owners, Lawrence Matson and his wife, requested the listing.

Tipahato deserves listing as a property with historical significance due to its physical design and construction, Goodrich said. It retains a high degree of integrity and presents features of several popular architectural styles of the period including the Prairie School, Victorian, Colonial Revival and Craftsman/Bungalow, he said.

It is also a great example of an early 20th-century summer retreat, he said.

The designation was requested by property owners George A. Drastal and Karen S. Berger.

The nomination to the register, the nation's list of cultural resources worthy of preservation, goes to the Maryland governor's office, Goodrich said.

A successful listing makes an owner eligible to apply for certain federal tax benefits and assistance.

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