Moving Forward to Preserve Rural Heritage

Moving Forward to Preserve Rural Heritage

A third museum building is in the plans! The Washington County Agricultural Education Center Board of Directors announces fundraising efforts for the Rural Heritage Transportation Museum. The State of Maryland created a bill to provide a $100,000 matching grant toward the planning, design and construction of a Rural Heritage Transportation Building. Richard Schukraft, Fundraising Coordinator stated, "we have until June 1, 2008 to raise the local $100,000 match. I am pleased that as of today, local contributors toward this project have committed $58,000. Local financial support is still needed for the remaining $42,000." For more information, contact the Rural Heritage Museum office at 240-313-2839.
Growth is quite apparent at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center and Rural Heritage Museum complex. At the Rural Heritage Farmstead area, renovation of the log cabin and log house are virtually completed. Fireplace cooking demonstrations are periodically held in the log house. Also standing at the Farmstead are a windmill, pig barn and corncrib.
The planned Rural Heritage Village now has in place its first building! An 1850's log church has been moved to the site and erected and restoration is taking place. Other old donated structures are scheduled for assembly and preservation in 2008.
The Washington County Rural Heritage Museum is located on the Sharpsburg Pike about 6-miles south of Interstate 70, on the grounds of the Washington County Agriculture Center.*Cut to fit