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Photo credit: Paula Stoner Dickey, 03/1976
Geeting Farm
Inventory No.: WA-II-300
Date Listed: 11/25/1977
Location: Dogstreet Road, Keedysville, Washington County
Category: Building
Period/Date of Construction: late 18th or early 19th century
Description: The Geeting Farm house is located north and east of the intersection of Dogstreet Road and Geeting Road about a mile south of Keedysville. Facing south, the house is a two-story, five-bay log dwelling resting on low fieldstone foundations. A one-story, three-bay stone addition extends to the rear or north. The log walls have been sheathed with weatherboarding and imitation brick siding. Windows, which are relatively small in relation to wall area, have moderately wide frames with butt joints. Most have early 20th century applied trim. All first and second story windows have 6/6 sash. No windows are present at the second story of the north and west elevations. Doors are located in the second and fourth bays of the front elevation. The westernmost door is topped by a three-light transom. A one-story hip roofed porch on round columns extends across the front elevation. The house retains its early wood shingle roof, and a brick chimney stands inside the east gable end. Another chimney rises along an interior log wall between the second and third bays from the west end. The eaves at the front elevation are finished with plain boxing. The ends of the rafters are exposed along the west elevation. The stone addition is broad and is divided end to end by an interior masonry wall. Set inside its north end elevation south of the roof ridge is a large stone chimney topped with brick. Windows in the addition have 6/6 pane sash. This structure is roofed with sheet metal terminating with a tapered bargeboard set directly against the end walls. Boxing with a course of molding below finishes the eaves. Numerous sheds and outbuildings are located near the house. To the north along Dogstreet Road are the ruins of a frame bank barn which was destroyed during a windstorm in 1976. Significance: This log and stone house located along what is generally believed to be an important 18th century road is significant primarily for its association with the Geeting family, prominent early German settlers in the Keedysville area. George Adam Geeting, who is said to have come to the Keedysville area in 1759, was the founder and first minister of the Brethren in Christ Church. The Hebron Church where he preached was located nearby. This building is also significant for its architecture as a representative of an outstanding type of early rural dwelling in Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania. Although undated, the house reflects building traditions popular during the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Washington County. Unfortunately, alterations to the interior of the structure make a closer estimate of age difficult.


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