Paula Stoner Dickey
Mapleville Road (MD 66), Boonsboro, Washington County
The main house on the Ingram-Schipper Farm is a two-story, four-bay brick dwelling with white trim. A two-bay frame kitchen at the west end of the house links it with a brick summer kitchen. The walls are set on low fieldstone foundations. At the front and rear elevations, a watertable is present extending five courses above the foundation. It is topped with a course of quarter round bricks. The end walls show common bonding with five courses of stretchers between rows of header bricks. Flat brick arches are present over all windows at the two main levels. At the first story, the arches are 1 1/2 bricks in height; at the second floor level, they are one brick high. A relatively wide gap appears between the second and third bays. All of the windows, which have 2/2 Victorian sash, appear to have most of their original framing, consisting of wide members with pegged joining. The frames are finished with a bead at the inside edge and are trimmed with quirked quarter round molding. The entrances are located in the center bays of the south or front elevation. They are similar in appearance, neither having received particular attention as a main entrance. The entrance openings are framed similarly to the windows with four-light transoms. The doors have six raised panels trimmed with quirked quarter-round molding. In the second bay from the east end of the north or rear wall is another entrance, consistent in design with those at the front. A Victorian period flat-roofed one-story porch extends along the south wall, supported by square posts with brackets. The slate roof extends several inches beyond the end walls, and appears to be a Victorian period replacement. The eaves are finished with boxing under which is a plain cornice board. Corbeled brick chimneys rise from inside each gable end. Near the house are a number of early outbuildings, including a brick kitchen and wash house, three log buildings, one of which has a fireplace and appears to have been a dwelling, and a large stone barn which has an illegible date stone.
The Ingram-Schipper Farm is significant for its architecture. Constructed of brick with Flemish bonding and water tables used in the front and rear elevations, it shows a considerable amount of attention to Georgian period detail. The use of water tables and Flemish bond brickwork in walls other than the façade is unusual in Washington County. Those few dwellings in the county with water tables appear to have been built in the late 18th or very early 19th centuries. The small windows in this house and their massive pegged frames also suggest an early building date. The property is also significant for its numerous outbuildings which appear to be of the same period as the house. They are outstanding as examples of early log construction. Few such secondary structures are still in existence.