A Collection From The "The Richard Morgan House"
more finished pieces coming soon
About Historic Springdale
photograph courtesy of the Jefferson County Historical Society
One of Jefferson County's oldest buildings, Springdale sits on land originally granted to Richard Morgan in 1734. The rubble limestone house was built in the hall and parlor style, with large kitchens in the basement. Springdale was the home of Richard Morgan's oldest son, William. The home was in the Morgan Family until 1813, when it was purchased by George and Conrad Lickliter; later it would be sold to John H. McEndree (1846) and then to Dr. Isaac Tanner (1859). The Banks Family (heirs of Dr. Tanner) owned the home for generations until 1963, when it was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Hammann, who carefully restored the home and added a two-story wing. Springdale has five fireplaces, much of its original woodwork and flooring, and several outbuildings including a stone springhouse. The present owner is Ms. Deborah Halverson.
A Lane Shaded By Ancient, And Productive, Sugar Maples
Because someone in the distant past had the foresight and good sense to plant dozens of Sugar Maples along the lane that runs from Shepherdstown Pike to the old farmhouse at Springdale, I first became acquainted with the farm years ago when I was making local pure maple syrup to sell at the Shepherdstown Farm Market. Each February for few years sap buckets hung from the mighty trees and twice daily I would come to collect the precious "treewater." Current residents Johni and Christina Davis carry on the tradition with their family, and operate Companion Canvas, specializing in fabrication and repair of canvas, awnings, and upholstery.
Another Kind Of Harvest At Springdale
Unfortunately, the destructive Summer 2014 thunderstorms (and tornados) we experienced here in Jefferson County likewise took their toll at Springdale, where a number of large and ancient Silver Maples and the mighty Sugar pictured below were either blown clean over or snapped in two. Not near as much fun as harvesting "treewater," but necessary and productive nonetheless, I had help from my good buddy Joe in helping clean up some of the mess, and of course snagged some Acer sacchurum for turning.