CUMBERLAND — A former family home that is now a heritage center, a former funeral home that is now a private showpiece, the mansion of a former iron master and a stone farmhouse in Mount Savage are some of the houses being featured in Allegany Magazine’s September 2019 “Home and Garden Edition.”
“Once in awhile, we like to show off not just who lives here but how we live,” said Shane Riggs, managing editor of the monthly lifestyles publication. “Our September issue is an edition that is all about living where we do — and appreciating what we do have. It’s about making your house your home and being inspired by the ideas and the design from some of the folks and the houses and gardens featured inside.”
The cover photo is that of Miss Allegany County and Miss Maryland 2019 Caitlyn Stupi. Stupi and Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen Emily Yi are also featured inside as part of a pictorial photographed by Karen Morgan at Evergreen Heritage Center in Mount Savage.
Other subjects in the September edition include “glamping” in a yurt at Savage River Lodge, spending the evening at a Deep Creek Lake cabin with water views, touring the Cumberland Women’s Club, becoming the owner of an interior design business, what family heirlooms seem to be treasures for some and recipes inspired from “grandma’s kitchen.”
This is the fourth “home” issue Allegany Magazine has published. The first made its debut in 2010. Others have been printed in 2017 and 2018.
“Our readers seemed to like the Home and Design edition we did a couple of years ago and so we keep bringing it back,” said Riggs. “Usually, the magazine’s focus is on the people who live here and the life we live here in Allegany County and the surrounding areas. But every year, we like to take a look inside some of the places that we make our houses and our favorite places to be.”
The September issue is meant to also serve as inspiration for readers looking to renovate their own local houses. Each house and building featured in the stories has been photographed in a way that showcases the interiors and exteriors of each and what makes each building very unique, interesting, or historical to the area.
“Over the years of doing these editions, this magazine has even inspired me,” said Riggs. “My advice to anyone looking to get into home improvement is to find the team that works for you, give them your keys, give them your trust, give them your designs, and then, learn to love the smell of fresh paint and sawdust.”
Allegany Magazine is a sister publication to the Cumberland Times-News. It is published monthly, available by subscription and at more than 70 retail locations in Allegany, Bedford, Garrett and Mineral counties.