Historic Properties of Rolling Mill

Editor's Note: With Preservation Maryland weighing in on the City of Cumberland's plans for the Rolling Mill/Maryland Ave Redevelopment Project there has been a good deal of chatter on social media regarding the neighborhood's historic value. Below is a caption provided by Cumberland resident and historic preservation professional Chris Stevens.  Kingsley Methodist Church was started in 1870 at a site at Oldtown Road and Gay Street and was known as Kingsley Chapel. A committee from the Centre Street Methodist Church selected the site. In 1882 a lot was purchased on Williams Street....
Our Town Theatre to Present "The Couples of Comedy"

Our Town Theatre will be presenting an original piece featuring some of your favorite comedic duos from the 40s-70s. Couples of Comedy finds George Burns, trying to put together a last minute show with his wife, Gracie Allen. They call on Lucille Ball, Ethel Mertz, Laverne De Fazio, Shirley Feeney, Lou Costello, and Archie and Edith Bunker to help make it happen! Shows are February 11-13. The doors will open at7 pm and the show will start at 8. Tickets are $10 each, but members of Our Town Theatre will be admitted at no cost. More information can be found at www.ourtowntheatre.org or by calling 301-334-5640. 
Spruce Forest Restoration in the Central Appalachians

 The Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society will hold its regular meeting at Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 328, on Tuesday February 16th . The guest speaker will be Dave Saville, Program Coordinator for the West Virginia Highland Conservancy’s Red Spruce Ecosystem Restoration Program. His presentation titled, “Restoring the High Elevation Red Spruce Forests of Central Appalachia” will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. The public is welcome to attend this free program. Red spruce and red spruce-northern hard-wood forests once dominated the...
Printing Demonstration to be Hosted by Saville Gallery

 As a component of the “Roll It Out, Ink It Up” exhibition at the Allegany Arts Council’s galleries which showcases the print-making work of Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center (of Silver Spring, MD) there will be a printing demonstration on Saturday, February 6, from 2:00-4:00pm. The Pyramid artists are bringing their portable Relief Press and participants in the demonstration will learn how to ink and print a woodblock. These prints may be taken home by the participants to enjoy. The event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.  As a component of the ...
FSU-German University Sign Faculty-Student Exchange Agreement

In his recent trip to Germany, Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, Frostburg State University’s interim provost, and Dr. Gabi Jeck-Schlottmann, the president of Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, Mosbach Campus, in Bad Mergentheim, Germany, exchanged signed faculty-student exchange agreements at an official ceremony at DHBW Mosbach. In the photo are, from left, Dr. Seon-Su Kim, the vice president of DHBW Mosbach and the head of campus; Tootoonchi; Jeck-Schlottmann; Dr. Rainer Jochum, chair of the Department of International Business from DHBW Mosbach; and Dr. Albert Strecker, the vice p...
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Our Town Theatre to Present "The Couples of Comedy" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Our Town Theatre   
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 08:13
Our Town Theatre will be presenting an original piece featuring some of your favorite comedic duos from the 40s-70s. Couples of Comedy finds George Burns, trying to put together a last minute show with his wife, Gracie Allen. They call on Lucille Ball, Ethel Mertz, Laverne De Fazio, Shirley Feeney, Lou Costello, and Archie and Edith Bunker to help make it happen! Shows are February 11-13. The doors will open at7 pm and the show will start at 8. Tickets are $10 each, but members of Our Town Theatre will be admitted at no cost. More information can be found at www.ourtowntheatre.org or by calling 301-334-5640
 
 
 
Historic Properties of Rolling Mill PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Stevens   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 14:15

Editor's Note: With Preservation Maryland weighing in on the City of Cumberland's plans for the Rolling Mill/Maryland Ave Redevelopment Project there has been a good deal of chatter on social media regarding the neighborhood's historic value. Below is a caption provided by Cumberland resident and historic preservation professional Chris Stevens. 

KMC

Kingsley Methodist Church was started in 1870 at a site at Oldtown Road and Gay Street and was known as Kingsley Chapel. A committee from the Centre Street Methodist Church selected the site. In 1882 a lot was purchased on Williams Street. The cornerstone was laid in 1883. The church was finished and dedicated June 22, 1884. The historic brick chapel at 248 Williams Street with its shingle tower is Italianate in style. It had two subsequent additions to the west - an early-20th century Italianate addition in the middle and a c.1972 modern addition west of that. 
 
The church building is historically significant as the site of neighborhood activities for well over a century. Kingsley Methodist Church was established within the Rolling Mill neighborhood to meet the religious needs of the growing railroad industry after the establishment of the rolling mill. Kingsley Methodist Church even had a great influence on the Methodist Churches of LaVale. Until the late 1940s and early 1950s the area which now comprises the community of LaVale was divided into two sections, Narrows Park and LaVale.  Both areas were served by the Park Place Methodist Church which was an outstation of the Kingsley Methodist Church in Cumberland.  
 
Today, 132 years after its completion, the building still serves as an active church, the Friendship Haven Church. 
 
To read more about the history of this church building and other historic Rolling Mills buildings, please see the Rolling Mills / Maryland Avenue Inventory Form for State Historic Sites Survey prepared by the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), our state historic preservation office:
http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/stagsere/se1/se5/000001/000001/000530/pdf/msa_se5_530.pdf
 
Jonathan Sager, a Preservation Officer with the MHT, has said that if a large development project occurred within the Rolling Mills area, MHT would ask that the responsible agency either formally evaluate the district or to assume that it is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. 
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