Restored Boonsboro trolley station to be dedicated

July 06, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO -- Five years ago, the Town of Boonsboro bought the land around the old Warrenfeltz Hardware property on North Main Street.

"The lot was being cleared and we discovered the old Boonsboro trolley station was still there," said Wanda Heuer, one of seven members of the Boonsboro trolley station restoration committee.

Adding to the joy of that revelation was the determination that the building was in good enough shape to be restored. And now it has been.

Heuer said a $50,000 Capital Historic Preservation Grant from the State of Maryland provided the seed money for the restoration, which was contracted to Doug Cronise.


Described as the last remaining trolley station in Washington County, the restored Boonsboro trolley station will be dedicated Saturday, Sept. 12, on the first day of the 38th annual Boonesborough Days celebration.

Before that day arrives, members of the trolley committee and the Boonesborough Days committee are putting the word out that there is great interest in furnishing the building with period items like desks, benches and bookcases.

"We know of some people who have some of the furnishings from the station," Heuer said. "Maybe they would loan or donate them."

In mid-June, the interior of the station was measured. Some things belonging to local historians were looked over at that time.

"It's going to be more of a museum," Heuer said.

Karen Greeley is on the Boonesborough Days committee with Heuer. She has done the printing and public relations for the annual extravaganza for five years.

"I didn't grow up here, but I have lived in Washington County for 30 years," Greeley said. "I've gotten more into it."

Heuer and Greeley are appealing for donations of any kind for the Boonsboro trolley station. Memories, artifacts and clippings are welcome.

For more information about what will be accepted, contact Heuer at 301-432-7030.

"We're very excited about it," Heuer said of the dedication of the restored building.

Trolley timeline

August 1902: Boonsboro trolley extension runs from Hagerstown to the east end of Boonsboro; response is so great that 500 tickets were sold

January 1903: Residents of Boonsboro are unhappy with the Boonsboro trolley station, which features the heavens for a roof and crossties for a floor

July 1903: Evening trip from Boonsboro to Hagerstown costs 30 cents round trip

In 1938, the No. 151 trolley left Boonsboro for the last time.

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