Preservation experts examining Conley Farm buildings

Staff photo by Bill Green

Members of the Frederick Historic Preservation Commission tour the historic buildings and home Thursday on the Conley farm at Baughman’s Lane and Shookstown Road. The farm will soon be sold and developed.

Historic preservation experts are examining the rich and varied 200-year history of the Conley Farm to see which buildings remaining on the now-vacant property are worth saving.

The members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission took a field trip Thursday to the farm, on the southwest corner of Baughman’s Lane and Shookstown Road, to get a glimpse of the 19th- and early 20th-century buildings.

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At least the developer waited for the historical society to make a determination. Sometimes these historic barns and homes have a way disappearing by accident before all the attention. The developer needs to realize that its Frederick architecture and landscapes that make it unique. But, keeping a barn in the middle of condos and parking lots misses the romance. They really need to set aside acres to maintain the overall appearance. The county and city should make that a requirement for the privilige to build large developments in Frederick. Imagine that, dictating to developers.


There's a old german barracks at a school for the deaf.


They are still having barn dances other places. If you keep it, make it useful.

Maybe the Rosehill Manor could annex it. I went to a childrens museum where they had an exhibit demonstrating the milking process.


Baughman's Lane is named for one of the former owners and that is only one small part of this property's significance to Frederick history. It represents lifestyle factors from times gone by. Yep, that includes barns. How many people today have one?
Deeming 12 of 14 buildings potentially historic sounds potentially expensive to restore and then maintain. Who pays for that? Can they be re-purposed? Then will the neighbors object to 12 offices and/or condos or stores in the midst of their development, impacting street traffic, bringing in strangers? Oh, the complaints to come. Oh, the hearings. Oh, the demonstrations and letters to the Editor. Oh, this never gets old, bring it on... Yes, the streets thereabouts have been discussed but I forget what, if anything, was decided. Fun times ahead.


Randy hasn't protected the watershed form illegal bike trails. What makes you think he cares about some old barns? The hysterical society is full of a bunch of quacks who love to spend money on stupid old barns instead of the buildings they should be worried about.


Which buildings should those folk be worried about, in your opinion?


Good thing this is in City limits. At least there is a chance with Mayor Randy. He isn't paid by the developers like Prez Young. Blaine would bulldoze it all and put up a parking lot if it meant another donation. Randy is much more ethical.


More homes and more cars on Baughmans Lane. Is anyone going to require they widen that section of Baughmans Lane? Finally?


Fredrock partners, From Annapolis, formed in 2013. oh yah. goood group. Cant find out who is actualy partners.


I noticed that.

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