Thursday, February 11, 2010



The snow is higher than I can wade and most of our world as we know it has come to a frozen halt. Even my dogs hestitate to play for too long in the cold wet stuff. Blocks of snow buildings, houses, and cars create an bluish sparkling lump outside, and the sun blinds me. No work at HU today. The only movement outside is the snow sliding off the roof.

Almost two years after purchasing this abandoned treasure, our work continues in fits and starts. My business partnership with my GC Jeff has morphed into a dance of friendship, work, dedication to the rescue of HU, and a sharing of our separate lives. The bank funding this project has with good humor and generosity shaped and chiselled our progress. Even the city, the county, and the state has played a role in this project. All the community members, friends and family involved have contributed, if not elbow grease, certainly enthusiasm and encouragement to our progress. Even our sunset yoga class, led by my friend Jenn, along with my rowing team celebrated our progress in late summer evenings as the blankets of fall descended while we hurried to close the house up for winter. We move forward, we are held back, we plan, we unplan, we beg for funds, we scrape both resources and windowsills, and laugh with joy as we watch our work nearing the final points of the first phase completion.

This farm was established as a "partnership" on 12 May 1682, and further documented on 16 october 1682 as a land grant of 150 acres named "Hopefull Unitie" to an unusual group of men at the time, all pioneers, hoping for a bright future for the land they purchased at the headwaters of then named Steel Poole Creek: Charles James, John Howell, George Wardner, Joseph Hopkins, William Peerce, Richard Pullen, Ebenezer Blakeston, Benjamin Gunry (sp?), Edward Blay, Robert Saunders, John James, and William Hensly (Liber 21, folio 454, Charles James, et al and Liber CB3, folio 517-518, Charles James et al). In my research to establish HU as an historic site for the State of Maryland, I've sifted through wills, deeds, books, and articles.

I'm hoping to share some of the results of the both the joy of the project, my experiences navigating this great adventure, and the history attached to the house as well. This is the first blog I've ever written, and appreciate any feedback you provide....

Stay warm!


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