Gaithersburg in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Grusendorf Log House
The Cabin was relocated to its present site next to the Seneca Creek State Park Visitor Center in the 1990s to preserve it from encroaching development. Its original location was on Clopper Road, just west of Great Seneca Highway.
One room housed the whole family. The loft was used for sleeping. Family activities centered around the hearth. The house was lighted by only two windows, making it dark and dreary in the winter.
Notice that there is no landscaping. That was a luxury for which early settlers has no extra time. Their time was devoted to the essentials of life.
Although the log house is no longer part of "Old Germantown," its preservation will always allow us to imagine the past, and the German immigrants who settled at the crossroads of Clopper Road and Route 118. Today, on its new site, the log house is used for historical educational programs.
Utilizing Local Materials
Jacob Snyder, a German immigrant, built the house in 1855. In 1860,
The Grusendorf house is typical of early 19th century homes built by German farmers who settled in the region. The cabin has V-notched logs which once chinked with fieldstone and clay (however the preserved structure utilizes a formula that includes modern day concrete.)
The original fieldstone foundation was from local fieldstone. Like most log houses of the time, it had lapped siding mad of milled wooden boards. When siding was not available -- or affordable -- exposed logs were whitewashed using a paint based on lime, for protection from weather and insects.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 39° 8.974′ N, 77° 15.215′ W. Marker is in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Seneca Creek Road 1.1 miles west of Clopper Road (Maryland Route 117), on the right when traveling south. The marker is in Seneca Creek State Park near the Visitor's Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg MD 20878, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies The Woodlands (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Musser Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Middlebrook Mills (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Germantown Bank (approx. 1.9 miles away); Liberty Mill (approx. 2 miles away); Reflections of Old Germantown (approx. 2 miles away); Railway Bed (approx. 2.3 miles away); Chestnut/Meem Historic District (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaithersburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 616 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 27, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.