Kenneth M. Short
3708, Baker Road, Westminster, Carroll County
The McMurray-Frizzell-Aldridge Farm, located near Taylorsville in southwestern Carroll County, Maryland, consists of a log house constructed c. 1790 an later enlarged, and several 19th and early 20th century domestic and agricultural outbuildings, including a stone summer kitchen, a frame smokehouse, a frame bank barn, a frame wagon shed, a frame hog pen, and a stone spring house. The house faces east towards the road, and is a 2-story, 6 bay by 2 bay log structure with a gable roof of corrugated metal that has a north-south ridge. On the east elevation, the first story has 10-inch to 11 1/2-inch wide beaded-edge flush board siding. The windows are 9/6 double hung sash that are not old, and the two southern windows have head-cut trim with a beaded interior edge. From south to north the bays have a window, a door, a window, another door, and two windows. The doors have six panels and are new. The two northern windows have architraves with a quirked Greek ogee backband and a beaded interior edge. The porch soffit hides the top of the architrave. The second story siding is plain weather boards with corner boards. The second bay from the south has no opening, while the other bays have new 9/6 sash. All of the windows have beaded-interior-edge mitered frames. There is a wood box cornice with a plain soffit and returns. There is a 1-story, 6-bay porch with 8 chamfered posts and a new concrete deck. The shed roof has corrugated metal. There is an interior brick chimney on either end, and one in the center. The north elevation has random-width weather boards varying from 8 to 11 1/2 inches wide. There are two 4-light sash in the gable end.
The McMurray-Frizzell-Aldridge Farm is significant for its architecture. The sequence of construction and alteration of the dwelling illustrates a pattern of change in the vernacular domestic architecture of Carroll County over the last two centuries. With its array of domestic and agricultural outbuildings, the property is representative of a type of farmstead characteristic of the region during the period.