“Our hope is that the barn will be a unique resource and gathering space for folks across the Mid Atlantic region. We envision it serving as a site for traditional dancing and music, as well as a place to celebrate family milestones.” – Lisa Marie Ryder, Co-Executive Director
ADAMSTOWN, Md. (PRWEB)
June 06, 2023
After a restoration project that began in March 2022, the Claggett Center in Frederick County, Maryland, is celebrating the grand re-opening of the Delaplaine Barn. The 125-year-old Pennsylvania bank barn is an impressive example of turn-of-the-century timber framing and has been recognized by the National Park Service and the Maryland Historic Trust. The barn was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as part of the Buckingham House and Industrial School Complex/Claggett Center. The restoration project has maintained the building’s historic integrity whilst adding modern amenities. The barn now has a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, dining hall for up to 180 guests, and incorporates a fully climate-controlled and wheelchair-accessible space for meetings, special events, dining, worship services, and more.
The refurbished barn, now called the Delaplaine Barn, will be a unique gathering space hosting traditional dancing and music, and celebrations of family milestones. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Delaplaine Barn will be held on June 22, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., and is open to the public. Learn more and RSVP at http://www.claggettcenter.org.
The restoration project cost $760,000 and was awarded tax credits from the Maryland Historic Trust. The National Park Service also provided funding. Individual donors supported the project, and the barn was renamed Delaplaine Barn in recognition of the generosity of George B. Delaplaine Jr., a longtime supporter of the Claggett Center and a prominent Frederick County businessman. “Our collaborative work paves the way for similar projects in the state. We hope this will serve as a vital learning tool for other barn owners throughout the country, where barns are quickly disappearing from our landscape,” said James Ryder, Claggett Center Co-Executive Director.
The Claggett Center is known for its outstanding facilities, dynamic programs, and Christ-centered hospitality. It is a camp, conference, and retreat center of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and operates in ministry partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. It has a convenient location of 268-acres in the rolling hills of Frederick County, Maryland—just an hour’s drive from three international airports. The center can accommodate groups of 270 or more and is available for rent for overnight or day conferences and retreats, including special events. Outreach programs offer overnight camps for underserved youth and adults. Find out more at http://www.claggettcenter.org.
The Claggett Center barn renovation and repurposing project was supported with funds from the Maryland Historic Revitalization Tax Credit Program and the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program. The restoration project was awarded the first historic tax credit for a barn in Maryland and required close collaboration between the Claggett Center, the Maryland Historic Trust, the National Park Service, and historic preservationists.
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