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DNR Hosts Resident-Curatorship Open House In Cecil County

Elkton, Md. (May 6, 2011) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting an open house at the historic Evans House in Cecil County on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This property is available for restoration under the Department’s Resident-Curatorship Program, through which private donations are sought for the restoration and maintenance of State-owned historic buildings.

“Curators pledge to restore these historic properties and maintain them in good condition after the restoration,” said Emily Burrows, Manager of Curatorships & Cultural Resources. “In return for their time, expense, and work completing the curatorship, they receive a lifetime lease on the property.”

The Evans House is an early 19th century, three-story fieldstone building constructed in several phases. The larger addition dates to about the 1820’s and the smaller, center section appears to be from an earlier period. Much of the original fabric of the early 19th century structure has been retained, increasing its historical significance.

The property is also important because it is tied to the industrial history of the Big Elk/Little Elk Rivers. It represents an important site of the Industrial Revolution and Cecil County history. From the turn of the 19th century, the site was the location of industry and innovation. There was a tannery, grist mill, saw mill and copper rolling mill on the property.

The Evans House is located at 295 Russell Road, on the grounds of the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area near Elkton. The proposed Curatorship includes more than 8 acres of land, although the final boundary has not yet been determined. For more information contact Emily Burrows at or 410-260-8457.

   May 6, 2011

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