Cumberland Times-News

Local News

May 6, 2013

SHA exploring options for Civil War battleground

Lack of funding big problem for Folck’s Mill

CUMBERLAND — A consultant is preparing a proposal that could offer some hope for the preservation of the ruins of a Civil War battle site and potentially some means of public access to the property.

An April 23 letter by Melinda B. Peters, the administrator of the State Highway Administration, holds out a bit of hope that some positive developments could occur for the site known as Folck’s Mill. Peters was writing to members of the District 1 legislative delegation. The letter maintained the SHA’s overall pessimism about the site.

“SHA met with a consultant structural engineer archeologist and architectural historian ... to view the site in order to determine if it is possible to stabilize the ruins,” Peters’ letter said. The consultant is to prepare a proposal and at that point, the SHA will determine a course of action and relay it to the lawmakers.

Lack of funding and other funding priorities remain the largest problem with the preservation of the site.

In April of 2012, the SHA obtained an estimate of $248,925 to repoint the ruin’s mortar joints. “SHA’s engineers believe the cost of repointing a ruin that is missing 75 percent of its original structure does not justify the expenditure,” Peters wrote. “Currently, SHA is exploring the possibility of stabilizing the ruin, perhaps through scaffolding or bracing, at a lower cost.”

Another option might be expansion of the Canal Place Heritage Area, which could include the mill site and make it eligible for funding, a state official said.

Grants from the Maryland Historical Trust of the Maryland Department of Planning have dried up in the past few years.

Preservation efforts for the site have been led by the Allegany County Civil War Roundtable.

The mill and battle site are located off Exit 46 of Interstate 68 East close to Naves Crossroad. Public access to the site is difficult from the highway.

Gen. Benjamin Kelly, commander of the Union forces, successfully defended the city at the Battle of Pleasant Mill (locally known as Folck’s Mill).

The battle saved the city of Cumberland from possible destruction by Confederate forces.

The members of the District 1 delegation are state Sen. George Edwards, along with Delegates Kevin Kelly, Wendell Beitzel and LeRoy Myers Jr.

Contact Matthew Bieniek at mbieniek@times-news.com.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds

    After you drive Alexander and Furnace streets then navigate a couple of switchbacks on Cemetery Road, you’d figure there would be no more uphill.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Proposed county budget holds most agencies flat

    After taking into account an income tax shortfall, Allegany County Finance Director Jason Bennett said he’ll propose a budget that holds most outside agencies to flat funding and funds the Board of Education at what county officials say are maintenence of effort levels for 2015.

    April 17, 2014

  • RYAN WOLF Wolf named 2014-15 Garrett Teacher of the Year

    Southern Garrett High School teacher Ryan Wolf has been named the 2014-15 Garrett County Teacher of the Year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock

    While giving a civics lesson at Frostburg State University on Thursday, U.S. Rep. John Delaney, congressman from Maryland’s sixth district, told students that the polarization in Congress is due primarily to redistricting and a poorly designed Congressional schedule.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fourmile Ridge wind project approved, moves forward

    The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the Fourmile Ridge wind project in eastern Garrett County and site preparation started April 7, according to Frank Maisano, a wind industry spokesman. The current notice listed on the FAA website for the project is for a small change in turbine location.

    April 17, 2014

  • Oakland back to normal after toppled tanker closes business district

    The town of Oakland returned to normal activities Thursday, one day after a tanker full of liquid propane overturned in the heart of the business district.
    Shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday the toppled tanker was removed and its 10,000-gallon load transferred to another tanker.

    April 17, 2014

  • Students back Southern Middle School renovation

    Students from both Southern and Northern middle schools presented a list of reasons why Southern Middle needs to be renovated during the Garrett County Commission meeting Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Trial run Trial run

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 72nd anniversary of Doolittle Raid on Tokyo 72nd anniversary of Doolittle Raid on Tokyo

    Friday, April 18, has another special meaning for me besides Good Friday.
    April 18, 1942, proved to be a pivotal day for American morale, following the deadly air attack and destruction conceived and executed by Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lara Courrier seeks re-appointment to Mineral school board

    I, Lara Courrier, am seeking re-election to the Mineral County Board of Education to continue the work I’ve done the last four years. Having served as a school counselor at the Burlington Center School and the Chick Buckbee Juvenile Center for nearly six years, as well as approximately 20 years total working with children, I have insight into the needs of kids and the importance of the actions of the school board. Having three sons and several nieces and nephews in Mineral County schools, I have an added incentive to continue to work hard to ensure the efficient running of our school system. 

    April 17, 2014