I am starting a new type of blog post, Field Notes, to keep track of information I collect for projects.
One of the buildings I have always liked is the old store along the NCR/PRR at Freeland Rd. I have driven by it for years on Freeland Rd, and have walked or peddled my bike by it on the hike and bike trail. Recently, the building has taken a turn for the worse structurally, so I thought I should go and take some photographs before it is gets any worse.
When I started to develop the idea of a small town in northern rural Baltimore County served by a narrow gauge railroad, one of the railroad’s customers had to be a local lumber dealer and general store. The store on Freeland Rd came to mind, even the prototype railroad approach from the south made a good scene for “Beckleysville.”
I like the small annex with the road running along side the building. I can see a draft horse team here with a wagon being laced with boxes and burlap bags for delivery to local farmers. The Freeland Rd side, or north side would be better with a porch roof.
Field Notes : The Store on Freeland Rd©
By H. Mathews June 2016