If you are looking for your own stone house revival, this could be the house for you! Not on the Historic Register, but could easily be placed on it. The tax records state it was built in 1850, but the architectural style says 1700s, so we did some research. 1850 is when Frederick County, MD began keeping tax records, so all houses built prior to this were recorded as 1850. One of our neighbors up the mountain owns the home of the Garrett family, who built our house, and his records, which include George Washington’s survey of the land in 1750, show our house was built for the Garrett’s daughter and her husband in appx. 1770.
I’m a Maryland real estate broker, so why list on Circa? Because we LOVED living in our house. We love history. My husband has a bachelor’s degree in history. We really wanted to keep it for our daughters to have when they grow up, but we now live in Alabama and we didn’t like tenants living in it and reality set in, so we know we need to sell it and move on, but we would prefer it go to someone who will love it as much as we do and understand it’s uniqueness.
The house – It is a non-conforming 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home. It has the original heart-of-pine floors on the first, second and attic floors. The floor in the cellar was removed decades ago and there is a dirt floor there, but the original kitchen fireplace and hearth is still there. The original fireplace is still in the living room, but was converted to gas many years ago. The chimney is dual flu, but we never looked into converting the cellar back into usable space. I say non-conforming, because the house does not have its original floor plan. At some point in the past, the spiral staircase that went from the cellar kitchen all the way to the attic was partially removed and relocated to a standard staircase in the middle of the house. So the upstairs open area, was likely a parlor, but we used it as a large open master bedroom. A wall could easily be put up, if you wanted. There is a 2nd bedroom upstairs and a 3rd bedroom on the main floor in the addition with the large family room, laundry and full bathroom. We have been told by neighbors and historians that our house sat empty for about 50 years during the early 20th century and had been used by hobos hopping off the train tracks nearby. There are burn marks in parts of the original floor that look like they could have come from this type of use. The home was purchased by the Campbell family in 1974 and they did most of the renovations then, and they added the front porch at that time. In 1993, the addition on the north side was added on, which turned an exterior wall into 2 interior walls, giving each of the rooms a very unique accent wall and that’s why there is a window from the kitchen into the family room, which comes in very handy as an “order up” window for those nights for dinner in front of the TV!
Outside – heavily landscaped by previous owners, we moved in May 2008 to 13 varieties of bearded irises in bloom and we lovingly maintained the grounds over the 12 years we lived there, adding a 17-bed raised garden with pea gravel aisles and an asparagus bed that is now 6 years old, and composting barrels that stay with the house. Next to the hand dug fire pit is also a large in-ground fish pond with goldfish and small carp still there with a beautiful blue and pink blooming water lily. The stone foundation remains in the front yard, including the cornerstone, is of the very first A.M.E. Church in Maryland where we planted a berry patch inside and a grapevine covers the archway entrance. The outside is landscaped with peonies, iris, roses and rhododendron. We even found unused civil war bullets in the yard as we dug our garden! The C&O Canal National Park is right across the street running alongside the Potomac River, and you can hear the rapids of Weverton Falls from the front porch. During the winter, when the leaves are off the trees, you can see the sun glistening on the water.
Bonus – The ground floor is broken into 3 separate spaces with 3 entrances. On the right is a storage/workshop room. My husband used it as his workshop where he did wood work on restored WWII guns and rifles. The center door is the cellar where the original kitchen to the house was located. This we used as storage and there is a hearth and fireplace. You can see where the hardwood floors would have come to the hearth, and the outline of the original spiral staircase is is the corner. On the left is the door to a small storage space where we had our chest freezer. There is other space behind this, but we were a too afraid of spiders to explore that.
Located in Knoxville, Maryland on the southern end of South Mountain, the house is a mere 1/2 mile from the Appalachian Trail, 5 miles downriver from Harper’s Ferry, WV, 20 miles from Sharpsburg/Antietam Battlefield and 45 miles from Gettysburg. During our last 3 years, we decided to Airbnb the spare bedroom and we stayed booked as much as we wanted, often blocking out the calendar just to take a break. But we met so many wonderful people from all over the world coming to visit the area. We were on Airbnb and even had a website that we’d be happy to give you. We closed it down when we moved, but could easily be put back up.
For viewing appointments we must coordinate with a neighbor/caretaker we have given access to the home. Contracts will be on Maryland real estate forms. No commission is being offered on this sale. If using a Realtor, commission must be paid by the buyer.
Updated on July 12, 2021 at 9:07 am