Field Notes : The Store on Freeland Rd

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.

Through the trees is our buildings. This is trackside on NCR/PRR gong north towards New Freedom, Pa.

Through the trees is our building. This is trackside on NCR/PRR right of way going north towards New Freedom, Pa.

South wall

South wall

East side of store, or trackside

East side of store, or trackside

South end of store

South end of store. On “Beckleysville”, the road will be the dirt Beckleysville Rd

North end of store

North end of store. Two doors. The one closest to me is a double door. The building would look better with a front porch

Under the annex

Under the annex

Cellar door under annex and timber support for floor

Cellar door under annex and timber support for floor

This is the south side foundation wall under annex

This is the south side foundation wall under annex

North side of annex note cinder blocks. Part of timberframers support is missing

North side of annex note cinder blocks. Part of timberframe support is missing

Double door

Double door

Double door full view

Double door full view

Underfloor support

Underfloor support

Back side of southwest wall

Back side of southwest wall

South wall of annex

South wall of annex

This is the side I want to have a horse drawn wagon loading boxes and bags for delivery. The wall and roof have seen better days

This is the side I want to have a horse drawn wagon loading boxes and bags for delivery. The wall and roof have seen better days

Noerth side wall along Freeland Rd. This appears to be the main door. Through the missing siding by the window, you can see the back side of the lath boards and plaster that oozed through.

North side wall along Freeland Rd. This appears to be the main door. Through the missing siding by the window, you can see the back side of the lath boards and plaster that oozed through.

The other front door by the annex

The other front door by the annex

Close up of main building corner and annex

Close up of main building corner and annex

The front porch field stone supports

The front porch field stone supports

North corner of annex

North corner of annex

Field Notes : The Store on Freeland Rd©

By H. Mathews June 2016

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