Paula Stoner Dickey
11310, Mapleville Road (MD 66), Smithsburg, Washington County
The Willows is a four bay long two-story Federal brick farmhouse that is painted white. Its walls are laid in Flemish bond on the east façade and common on the others, and there are plain jack arches above the windows and no belt course or water table. The windows have 9/6 sash on the first floor and 6/6 sash on the second, all with louvered shutters. Above the painted entrance door is a simple arched fanlight with plain trim and corner blocks. Across the entire façade is a one-story porch with a flat roof supported by handsome chamfered columns on paneled bases. The plain box cornice has no moldings. Both the main part of the house and the five-bay wing appear contemporary. Several early outbuildings stand on the property, including a one-story stone springhouse, a log pig house, a brick necessary, a stone smokehouse, and "the old house," a former slave quarter. This building is a low one-story stuccoed building with chimneys. Two frame barns also survive.
Few Maryland farms can boast of having a complete collection of farm buildings that delineate the progress and growth of a family since the 1790s. The Willows consists of such an important collection which remains largely untouched. All too often outbuildings that have outlived their usefulness are ignored and subsequently disappear. In contrast, the owners of The Willows have maintained the dependencies, leaving an architectural record of 19th century Western Maryland.