Flemish Bond Federal with a Beautiful Hearth

A twist on a classic. The purple door on this one is really striking and the lovely Flemish bond masonry is painted green! Flemish bond is a decorative masonry style; sides of the brick (stretchers) and ends of the brick (headers) alternate and the pattern created is really refined. You’ll often see Flemish bond with the headers in another color, and that contrast is seriously superb. The technique requires quite a bit of skill to execute, so it seems well deserved that the Christian Harshberger House is named after its builder. An ad ran on January 27, 1814 in The Engine of Liberty announcing the sale of the property that read, “For Sale – House and lot in Uniontown opposite Jonas Crumbacker’s store, brick, two story house, cellar under whole, brick kitchen adjoining and other outbuildings, Christian Harshberger.” A deed was transacted just two days later, at a sale price of $1350, so this house basically flew off the market back then! Read more about this and the history of the Christian Harshberger house in its National Register nomination, here.

Once stepping inside, it’s the wood burning hearth that steals the show for me immediately. It’s fully functional, too! There’s something about low, exposed beams and a huge rustic hearth that transport me, full-speed, into the past. This one’s a winner! Don’t overlook the the outbuildings, either – there’s a fully decked-out woodworking shop in the back and a huge hang-out spot with fire pit for entertaining.

3420 Uniontown Road, Westminster, MD 21158

5 beds/2 baths, 3,622 sq.ft.
Asking Price: $450,000

Welcome to Historic Uniontown. This custom Federal style home was built in 1810 by Christian Harshberger. From the 19th century to the present, many features, original characteristics and charm still shine to this day, including the original wood burning hearth located in the kitchen; still in good working order. Since then, this 5 bedroom 2 full bathroom has gone under many updates and improvements, some of these improvements include: fully renovated kitchen with quartz counter tops, new appliances, island with deep double pocket bottle storage. 2nd level bathroom has been fully remodeled and updated. 2018 Exterior of the home was painted. 2016 ~ new well pump, water filtration system, well tank and u/v light. 2014 ~ New 275 gallon oil tank and replaced oil burning furnace. 2013 ~ Replaced heat pump with 3 ton lennox and new water heater. 2012 ~ updated electric panel with 220 service. The rear of the home offers endless possibilities. Current features include: Woodworking shop with electrical service, run-in shed for lawn equipment, fenced in kennel or coop for your family pet, tempered controlled building/office with electrical and internet service, designated area for flowerbeds & gardening and a secluded area for late night firepit gatherings.
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Alix is CIRCA’s Properties Manager. She relishes working directly with homeowners and real estate agents to track down new stewards for homes with secrets to keep and stories to tell! On a lifetime mission to visit every great flea market in the world, she’s probably going to need a bigger old house soon.

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