Hamilton Willard Shafer Farmhouse Restoration and Civil War Attraction Development Project

The Burkittsville Preservation Association (BPA) is restoring the Hamilton Willard Shafer Farm to become a premium historical attraction for the region. Once restored to period specifications, the circa-1820 farmhouse and postbellum addition will house a museum dedicated to the Burkittsville area’s history during the Civil War. In addition to heritage tourism, BPA envisions the Shafer Farm used as a meeting space, a venue for small events, and a cultural and educational resource for the surrounding communities.

BPA has embarked on a massive architectural renovation project of the farmhouse, barn, and outbuildings that have been vacant for nearly 20 years and have suffered as a result of deferred maintenance. Preservation Maryland is providing technical assistance to BPA to stabilize the structure, develop a long-term sustainable use and care strategy for the property, and assist with grant writing, fundraising, and public awareness.

We are happy to report that the barn has successfully been saved and funded.

We want to sincerely thank you for donating to this endeavor.

BPA’s needs now are to raise funds to renovate the interior of the house and a new goal of raising approx $12,000 to provide electricity to the Barn. Lighting and outlets will enable events and programs to take place in the Barn.

To donate, please visit our GoFundMe site.

The bank barn, meat house, and well house will all be part of the historical recreation.

On September 14, 1862, Major General William B. Franklin used the farmhouse as Union headquarters during the Battle of Crampton’s Gap.  Thousands of soldiers of the Sixth Army Corps used the surrounding fields for camping and staging.