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Darlington Historic District
Inventory No.: HA-1746
Date Listed: 9/19/1987
Location: Darlington, Harford County
Category: District
Period/Date of Construction: c. 1800-1936
Architect/Builder: Architects: Theophilus P. Chandler, Walter Cope, and John and Emlyn Stewardson
Resources: 94 (65 contributing, 26 non-contributing)
Description: The 100 or so small-scale structures in the village of Darlington display a wide variety of construction techniques and uses, and include four churches, a dozen shops and stores, barns/garages, meathouses, chicken houses and other outbuildings, a lodge hall, a grammar school, a cemetery, and three working farms, in addition to the National Register-listed Deer Creek Friends Meeting House. These combine with the clapboard, stone, and shingle outbuildings, more often than not embellished by porches and bay windows, to capture the flavor of c. 1900 small town Maryland. The buildings within the district are primarily vernacular in style and residential in use, although there are a half dozen high-style structures, including a superb Gothic Revival church. A wide variety of construction techniques were used, including at least one log house, post-and-beam and various lighter framing types, and several stone structures. Generally speaking, the oldest structures in Darlington, whatever their use, are built squarely on their lots, flush with the sidewalks, while those from after about 1850 are placed in a more irregular manner and enjoy front and side gardens. Streets throughout the village are generally tree-lined--even in the commercial area--and are often set off by slate sidewalks and iron or picket fences. Significance: The Darlington Historic District is significant historically for its role as a regional market center in northeastern Harford County, particularly from the late 19th century through the early 20th century. Architecturally, the district acquires significance from the wealthy commercial, residential, and religious buildings in a variety of period styles and forms. Of particular note are buildings designed by the nationally prominent architects Theophilus P. Chandler, Walter Cope, and John and Emlyn Stewardson which present a sophisticated element to the architectural heritage of the village not commonly found in rural Maryland. Apart from several new houses scattered throughout the district, the Darlington Historic District exhibits a strong sense of historic integrity and continuity.

District Resources (94) (65 contributing, 26 non-contributing)

From associated listing in National Register nomination form. C = Contributing, NC = non-contributing, blank = not evaluated.

AddressStatusResource Name and MIHP (if any)
1034 Main Street & Kirk RoadCHA-21 -- Dr. Kirk House
1101 Main StreetC 
1103 Main StreetC 
1105 Main StreetC 
1107 Main StreetC 
1111 Main StreetC 
Main StreetCHA-12 -- Deer Creek Friends Meeting House
1208 Main StreetC 
1206 Main StreetC 
1134 Main StreetCHA-2181 -- Darlington Library
1132 Main StreetCHA-1595 -- Harper Log House
1130 Main StreetCHA-1586 -- Harper Frame House
1122 Main StreetC 
1118 Main StreetC 
Main StreetCHA-1255 -- James Gosier House
1112 Main StreetCHA-1253 -- Galbreath-Voss House
1110 Main StreetCHA-1256 -- George Whitelock House
1108 Main StreetC 
1104-1106 Main StreetCHA-85 -- Mick Building
1102 Main StreetCHA-170 -- Chandlee Harness Shop (Edwin McNatt Apartment House)
1100 Main StreetC 
Kirk Road & Main StreetCHA-80 -- Kenneth Walker's Store (Ely's Store, Swift's Store, Kenneth Walker Store)
2103 Shuresville RoadCHA-22 -- Dr. Windolph House (Harry James House)
2105 Shuresville RoadC 
2107 Shuresville RoadCHA-68 -- John George House (Elsie Stine House)
2109 Shuresville RoadCHA-70 -- Higbee House
2111 Shuresville RoadCHA-23 -- Conlisk-Dickinson House (Dr. Ramsay House)
2113 Shuresville RoadCHA-71 -- N.D. Smith House
2115 Shuresville RoadCHA-72 -- Darlington Academy
2117 Shuresville RoadC 
2119 Shuresville RoadCHA-2179 -- Darlington Elementary School
2123 Shuresville RoadCHA-73 -- William Wynde Tailor Shop (Edith Worthington House, Kiethley House)
2127 Shuresville RoadCHA-74 -- Conlisk-Silver House
2125 Shuresville RoadC 
2129 Shuresville RoadCHA-75 -- Otto Monsees Shoemaker Shop & House (Joseph Murphy House)
2201 Shuresville RoadC 
2102 Shuresville RoadCHA-81 -- Bailey-Hanna House
Shuresville RoadCHA-24 -- Darlington United Methodist Church
2120 Shuresville RoadCHA-69 -- Emerson House (Countess's House)
2130 Shuresville RoadCHA-84 -- Gorrell's Old Wagon Shop & Blacksmith's Shop
2116 Shuresville Road (on Kirk Road?)CHA-1688 -- Frame Crossgable House
1145 Main StreetCHA-19 -- Allan Rumsey House
1149 Main StreetC 
1201 Main StreetC 
1203 Main StreetCHA-67 -- Miss Bertie House
Main StreetCHA-20 -- Massey House
1125 Main StreetC 
1139 Main StreetC 
Shuresville RoadCHA-82 -- Cemetery Sanctuary
2228 Old Quaker RoadC 
2035 Trappe Church RoadCHA-322 -- Gatewood-Smith House (Westacre)
2100 Trappe Church RoadCHA-323 -- Winstone
Main StreetCHA-78 -- Grace Memorial Episcopal Church
Main StreetCHA-79 -- Grace Memorial Rectory
1011 Main StreetCHA-77 -- Wroth House (Kit Wilson House)
1021 Main StreetC 
1010 Main StreetC 
1012 Main StreetC 
1014 Main StreetC 
2223 Old Quaker Road (on Meeting House Lane?)CHA-1689 -- Orthodox Friends Meeting House
2211 Old Quaker RoadC 
2214 Old Quaker RoadC 
1024 Main StreetC 
1026 Main StreetC 
1027 Main Street (MD 161)CHA-1968 -- Gahagan House
1028 Main StreetNC 
1030 Main StreetNC 
2218 Old Quaker RoadNC 
2220 Old Quaker RoadNC 
2222 Old Quaker RoadNC 
2224 Old Quaker RoadNC 
Main Street north of Trappe Church Rd., West of Darlington Rd.NCHA-76 -- Roy Elliott House (David Thomas House, Charlie Wilson House)
2233 Old Quaker RoadNC 
2231 Old Quaker RoadNC 
2202 Shuresville RoadNC 
2204 Shuresville RoadNCPresbyterian Manse
2206 Shuresville RoadNC 
2300 Shuresville RoadNC 
2106 Shuresville RoadNC 
 NCDarlington Pharmacy
1148 Main StreetNC 
1146 Main StreetNC 
Main StreetNCChesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company
1138 Main StreetNC 
1136 Main StreetNC 
 NCUnited States Post Office
 NCDarlington Fire Company
2204 School StreetNC 
2215 School StreetNC 
2213 School StreetNC 
2211 School StreetNC 
2205 School Street  
1143 Main Street  
Castleton Road  


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