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Sykesville in Carroll County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Town House

Remembering a Grand Age

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 19, 2019
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Inscription.  Sykesville architect J. Harvey Fowble built this home in 1883 for Irish immigrant John McDonald and his wife Kate. A successful businessman, McDonald owned a dry goods store on Main Street. A succession of prominent families resided here until 1968, when the building was sold to the Town of Sykesville.

The home's design reflects the Colonial Revival style of architecture popular after the Civil War. Accented by a rolling lawn, large trees, and a pond, this elegant home presided over Main Street. In the scene below, citizens celebrate a patriotic event in front of the house, complete with a fire engine and crew.

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J.H. Fowble also designed much of Main Street, including the red-brick First National Bank (above left), the Greenberg/Arcade Building, the McDonald Block, and both Warfield Buildings. He built the Inn at Norwood for his family residence.

This handsome staircase attests to solid American design and craftsmanship.

The house retains many refined features such as tile-decorated fireplaces.

Most Haunted Place in Maryland?
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 19, 2019
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town hall employees have reported odd happenings—the lingering scent of cigar smoke, footsteps in the attic, icy drafts on the back of the neck, and sounds of running water.

 
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area Authority, Maryland Main Street, Sykesville Main Street.
 
Location. 39° 21.938′ N, 76° 58.151′ W. Marker is in Sykesville, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker can be reached from Main Street (Route 851) north of Sandosky Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7557 Main Street, Sykesville MD 21784, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Strawbridge Home for Boys (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sykesville (about 400 feet away); Baldwin's Station (about 500 feet away); Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station (about 500 feet away); The Sykesville Bypass Bridge (approx. mile away); The Historic Sykesville Colored Schoolhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sykesville Killed in Action Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sykesville.
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 19, 2019
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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