Historic barn a 'new' facility for Evergreen Heritage Center

MOUNT SAVAGE — For the past year, the Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation and Hillegas Construction Co. have been working together to restore and renovate the historic Evergreen Barn, which was originally built more than 200 years ago.

Work is almost complete and has resulted in a rustic timber venue that includes more than 2,500 square feet on the main level. The barn’s lower stables, which encompass more than 2,000 square feet, will become an agricultural museum that will feature antiques and artifacts representing 200 years of Western Maryland farming history.

The collaborative project has been supported by funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Community Trust Foundation, the France-Merrick Foundation, Preservation Maryland and the Rural Maryland Council.

The structure will make its fall debut on Sept. 28 for an Old West murder mystery titled “Bullets & BBQ,” and then as part of the center’s annual Fall Harvest event that is open to the public Sept. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Beginning in October, the barn will also be available for private events, which will help subsidize EHC education programs.

For more information, call 301-687-0664, email foundation@evergreenheritagecenter.org, or visit the EHC web site at www.evergreenheritagecenter.org.

CUMBERLAND TIMES-NEWS, ctn@times-news.com

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