Historic Properties of Rolling Mill PDF Print E-mail
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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. 


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:
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. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 19:10
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