Historic barn burns, 12,000 hay bales lost

September 13, 1994

A historic barn, built about 1800, was destroyed along with 12,000 bales of hay in a two-alarm fire that was discovered shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday.

Firefighters from Union Bridge, New Windsor, Taneytown, Pleasant Valley, Winfield and Libertytown of Frederick County were dispatched to the blaze but were unable to save the wooden structure, according to Al Ward, a deputy state fire marshal. He said the cause of the fire was under investigation.

The white building, on a 39-acre tract in the 4600 block of Ladiesburg Road near Union Bridge, has been owned by the Historical Society of Carroll County since 1983, when it was donated by Thelma Shriner, who died last year.

Mr. Ward said the barn and its contents were valued at about $40,000.

A brick house on the property, known as Hard Lodgings and built about the same time, was not damaged, officials said. The fire raged out of control for more than an hour, and firefighters remained on the scene for nearly three hours, officials said. No one was injured.

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