Historic Preservation and Sustainability Walking Tour

Join Main Street Middletown and the Middletown Sustainability Committee on Saturday, May 19, 2018 for our Historic Preservation and Sustainability Walking Tour!!

Come experience our Main Street in a new and exciting way from 11am to 3pm in historic downtown Middletown, MD as we showcase preservation and sustainability in some of downtown’s treasured homes and businesses.

Featuring:

11am – 11:30am – A brief primer of Middletown’s architectural styles and how to look for sustainable features in historic properties!  This historic preservation and sustainability presentation will be held at the Middletown Municipal Center, 31 West Main Street.

11:30am – 3pm – Visit at your own pace to hosted properties on Main Street

12pm – 3pm – Be sure to check out Middletown Municipal Center Heritage Museum

Featured properties: 

19 W Main Street – See the new Main Street Middletown office in the former Bussard Barber shop and learn how to create a manageable plan following the Secretary’s Standards for Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse.

31 West Main Street – Heritage Gallery – Docents will be on hand to provide visitors with extra details and stories about the exhibits in our new Heritage Gallery. Located on the second story of Town Hall, this room gives a historic overview of Middletown with pizazz, linking the views from each window to different aspects of our history. Be sure to check out our drone flight, digital photo album, and rare Middletown artifacts. Our newest exhibit features Middletown’s own, New York Yankees outfielder, Charlie Keller. Images and artifacts chronicle Charlie Keller’s career and family life in Middletown.

107 W Main Street – Discover more about the restoration of the iconic columns now progressing at Zion Lutheran Church.

305 W Main Street – See pictures and read first-hand accounts describing the first demonstration of contour farming in Middletown Valley to prevent soil erosion and conserve water, conducted by the US Department of Agriculture. Visit the Middletown Valley Historical Society Museum and Summer Kitchen.

200 W Main Street – Learn about environmental remediation procedures from Boggs Environmental Consultants and visit the Dr. Lamar Surgical Suite.  This property is a wonderful example of adaptive reuse with many varied uses over the years.  A peek in the Surgical Suite alone is worth the visit to this rarely opened to the public building.

102 W Main Street – Learn about an early 19th C. water conservation system still largely in place at the historic Stonebraker and Harbaugh/Shafer Building. Get information on how to plant and maintain an environmentally friendly garden to sustain and increase our Monarch Butterfly population.

Heritage Park will feature Middletown’s Sustainability Committee with information about the group and its activities, including the monthly series, Green Talks. Volunteers will also be on hand to teach proper methods for creating a planter, and showcasing the Town’s commitment to water conservation through the use of EarthPlanters.

20 W Main Street – Go inside to learn more about how the late 19th C.  Valley Savings Bank was designed for maximum air circulation and ventilation before the invention of air conditioning. Tour the adjacent pocket garden.

14 West Main Street (The Main Cup) See first hand the successful adaptive reuse development of The Main Cup and surrounding businesses.  Learn about the history of the iconic, newly refurbished Main’s Ice Cream sign. 

Bring the whole family to downtown Middletown and enjoy all our historic town has to offer!! While you’re here, check out some of our other local destinations:

  • Local shops
  • Delicious eateries
  • And much more!
  • Close to the Appalachian Trail Head and many other historic sites nearby!

Ticket Information:

This event is FREE and open to the public

Main Street Middletown retains the right to photograph any and all artwork, and to use these images to promote future events.

Historic Preservation and Sustainability Walking Tour

DATE:

May 19, 2018

TIME:

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

VENUE:

Town Hall

31 West Main Street 

Middletown, Maryland 21769