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Photo credit: Jennifer K. Cosham, 04/25/2006
Strawberry Hill
Inventory No.: F-6-48
Date Listed: 1/30/1976
Location: 12155 Creagerstown Road (MD 550), Thurmont, Frederick County
Category: Building
Period/Date of Construction: 1783
Description: Strawberry Hill is a 2 1/2-story Georgian farmhouse built of sandstone. The main block, which faces southeast, is 5 bays long, 2 deep, and has a broad steeply pitched gable roof with box cornice. Attached to the southwest gable end there is a 1-story, 4-bay kitchen wing with a bake oven and stone chimney. The main block has a large interior stone chimney in each of the gable ends. All openings have gauged flat arches including the central door with its 4-light rectangular transom. The windows have 6/6 lights with pegged frames and quarter-round molding. Those of the second floor are smaller than the first. The masonry of Strawberry Hill has been well executed. Large stones set at the corners of the house resemble quoins. On the second level of the southeastern facade there are cut stones between the windows which form an unusual and interesting diamond pattern. Strawberry Hill has the same plan as nearby Pennterra, but just the reverse. A straight stair ascends to the right of the entrance, the balusters are diamond-shaped, but there is no paneling under the staircase. Some of the interior trim has been removed. The chairrail remains in the parlor, the central first-floor hall, and partially in two bedrooms over the parlor. The two first-floor fireplaces are of stone. In the parlor, the mantel is Victorian and there is a fireback cast with German writing. Significance: Strawberry Hill is, architecturally, one of the finest houses in the Creagerstown Election District in Frederick County. It is a well-executed Georgian stone house with good original detail on the exterior. An unusual diamond pattern is set into the stone facade on the southeast.

 

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