Main Street Middletown was fortunate enough to be able to purchase 19 and 21 West Main Street (formerly Bussard’s Barbershop) in February 2019, two contributing buildings in our National Register Historic District and two of the most photographed buildings on Main Street. Smaller than most buildings found along Main Street, these two are visual stand-outs with the over-sized and decorative gothic-revival trim work.
While these buildings will remain fondly to us all as Bussard’s Barbershop, we plan on using the barbershop space as a community gathering spot (just like always), where Main Street will welcome visitors to town, distribute information about our businesses, and sell a little bit of local retail. The smaller of the two buildings (which the local lore says was a chicken coop) is where the Main Street office is now located.
They say, many hands make for small work! Please lend a hand! Maybe you have a fun story to share, maybe you got your first hair cut here, or maybe you know a good roofer that works on metal shingle roofs, or maybe you would like to get your hands into this do-it-yourselfer project and help paint the exterior one summer day? There are lots of opportunities to be a part of this project.
Main Street is also committed to sharing the knowledge we gain as we go through this process with other Main Street property owners. If we are fixing up our windows, we’ll host a class on restoring historic windows. If we remove the siding, we’ll share the process with you. These buildings are part of Middletown’s history and we are working to preserve them for future generations.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Donors to Date Include:
- A donation from The Tourism Council of Frederick County.
- A Grant Award from Preservation Maryland.
- A Grant Award from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority.