The Town House

The Town House (HM2GW8)

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N 39° 21.938', W 76° 58.151'

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Remembering a Grand Age

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.


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?
Visitors and 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.
HM NumberHM2GW8
Placed ByMaryland Heritage Area Authority, Maryland Main Street, Sykesville Main Street
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Date Added Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at 8:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 330359 N 4359201
Decimal Degrees39.36563333, -76.96918333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 21.938', W 76° 58.151'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 21' 56.28" N, 76° 58' 9.0600000000002" W
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