Historical group seeks help in preservinig 1825 structure

January 05, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

CLEAR SPRING - The Clear Spring District Historical Association is seeking donations to help refurbish Browns' Meeting House on South Mill Street.

The two-story log cabin that was built in 1825 needed to have some of the logs replaced to prevent the structure from further deterioration, said Philip Downs, vice president of the Clear Spring District Historical Association. In addition, siding was hung to protect the original logs from the elements.

"It's all done through volunteer work," Downs said. "We can always use more funding."

Downs said the association decided against replacing all of the logs because it would have cost close to $200,000. The plan to replace only some of the logs and cover the building with siding will cost about $55,000, he said.

According to a historical association booklet, an additional $30,000 will be needed to install toilets and to repair the electrical system, among other things.


Downs said the house has nothing to do with abolitionist John Brown, who led the ill-fated raid on Harpers Ferry, Va., (now in West Virginia) in 1859. He said the house is named in the memory of its former owners, Carl and Maxine Brown.

The Brown family recently donated the house to the historical association and it was named in their honor, Downs said.

When repairs to the house are finished, the historical association will use the first floor to hold meetings and the upstairs as a library, the booklet said.

How to help:

To learn more about helping restore Browns' Meeting House in Clear Spring, call David Wiles at 301-842-2342.

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