Carroll Digest


May 20, 2004

Eldersburg farm nears historic register status

Cold Saturday, a 10-acre Eldersburg farm that dates to the 18th century, has cleared the first hurdle on its way to placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Maryland Historic Trust has reviewed the history of the property, and this week members unanimously recommended it to the national body. A final decision is expected by year's end, state officials said.

"This is for all the people interested in preservation and history," said Carol Hackney, who has owned and operated the farm since 1976. "I want to keep it this way as long as I can."

Hackney, a farmer who raises Morgan horses, has also permanently preserved her property through the Carroll County Land Trust, a nonprofit group that works to safeguard agricultural land from development.

The farm includes a 250-year- old stone farmhouse, a stone milk house and a barn. On the national inventory, it will be known as the Bennett-Kelly Farm, after its original owners.

Public comment invited on development manual

A draft of Carroll County's de- velopment manual is available for public comment.

The manual provides details associated with the newly adopted development and subdivision law. Copies of the draft can be obtained from the county Bureau of Development Review, Room 201, 225 N. Center St., Westminster, during business hours.

The draft is also available online at

Comments should be forwarded by 4:30 p.m. May 27 to bureau chief Richard Owings at

Public school system has new Web address

The county public school system has created a new Web site address at, which officials expect to be more user-friendly and more recognizable to the public.

Although the old address - - will continue to operate, school officials are urging the public to begin using the new address. The school system will begin listing the new address as information and publications are updated.

E-mail addresses for school system staff will be changing but are not affected at this time.

Information: 410-751-3020.

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