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Summit Hall Farm Smokehouse

 
 
Summit Hall Farm Smokehouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 27, 2011
1. Summit Hall Farm Smokehouse Marker
Inscription. This outbuilding located on the ridge of Summit Hall Farm is treasured as the oldest complete historic structure within the City of Gaithersburg. Historically known as the smokehouse, its notched logs and chinked mortar serve as a modern day reminder of the early settlement of Log Town.

Although the exact date of construction is unknown, its history may be associated with a long list of prominent owners of Summit Hall or Zoar as it was originally known beginning with Baltus Fulks in 1773; Colonel Edward Burgess in 1783; Thomas Beall of George, wealthy merchant, land speculator and Mayor of Georgetown in 1799; Jacob Swamky in 1807; James DeSellum in 1828; Catherine and John DeSellum in 1847; I. T. Fulks in 1886; Frank and Nettie Wilmot in 1936 and the City of Gaithersburg in 1982.

Approximately 14 feet square, the building rests on a fieldstone base. The roof was originally covered with rough wood shakes which have been replaced with machine cut wooden shingles. The purlins and ridgepole have also been replaced with modern lumber and plywood sheathing. The short wide door on the east facade is made from three wide planks nailed to two interior horizontal members. The door was originally designed with a loop leather hinge and peg salt-resistent iron hinge system, but is presently mounted with wide triangular iron strap hinges.

Summit Hall Farm Smokehouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 27, 2011
2. Summit Hall Farm Smokehouse Marker
Mrs. Kellerman, current occupant of Summit Hall stands in front of the Summit Hall Smoke House
A concrete floor has been added to the interior of the Smokehouse but the center section can be removed to expose the original fire pit.

In 1990, the City of Gaithersburg commissioned Dell Corporation to make restoration repairs to this important historic landmark.
 
Location. 39° 7.992′ N, 77° 11.577′ W. Marker is in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on S Frederick Ave (Maryland Route 355). Click for map. Located in Bohrer Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 506 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg MD 20877, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Summit Hall Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Gaithersburg (within shouting distance of this marker); DeSellum Family Cemetery (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Edward Braddock (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Meridian Mark Pier and Geodetic Survey Monuments (approx. 0.4 miles away); History and Purpose of the Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Observatory (approx. 0.4 miles away); Night at the Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gaithersburg.
 
Categories. AgricultureNotable Buildings

 
Summit Hall Farm Smokehouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 27, 2011
3. Summit Hall Farm Smokehouse Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 312 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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