Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

The Shaw Mansion - AKA The Farm House

To see a larger photo just click on a picture and then hit your backbutton on your keyboard to return here.

Built in 1872 by Andrew B. Shaw. The House is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and with the Maryland Historical Trust. As stated in the listing of the Maryland Historical Trust:

"Architecturally, the Shaw Mansion is significant as one of the finest and most completely preserved Italianate houses in the George's Creek Valley."

The link to the Historical Trust for the complete description can be found at

The Farm House

These two photos were taken with a Point & Shoot camera. ISO was at 50; top photo 1/250 sec @ f/5.6 and the bottom photo 1/50 sec @ f/5.6

As I've said before, there is a great deal of history in my part of the world here in Western Maryland. AB's Grand-Father, the Rev. William Shaw was the first permanent settler in the valley and he and his son William Shaw, AB's father, acquired a great deal of land in the valley and the son, William Jr., laid out the original sixty-six lots of the town of Barton, named after Barton-upon-Humber in Lincolnshire, England. The town of Barton as well as the Mansion, which is in a little place called Moscow next to Barton, still remains to this day.

I've seen the Mansion and I've been in it from the top to the bottom and it is quite a place; and I have a special connection to the Shaw Mansion - AKA The Farm House - and she is quite dear to me.

This, too, is in my world - farm house and all - and, yeah, you are welcome to it.


  1. Looks familiar :-)
    Taken spring, 2009?

  2. I grew up in Barton. Haven't been there in a long time but will be back there in June for a family reunion. I will be taking some photo's then. Can't wait!

  3. Hi Anonymous,

    Glad to hear about your forth coming visit back to Barton. If you are familiar with this house and you knew the little girl that grew up there, well at least until the 6th grade when her family moved out of the house, then you might say Hi... she's my wife... :-)

  4. My sister, Ruth (Thrasher) Marsh owned Shaw Mansion for the past 20 years. She recently sold it. The new owners are Scott & Connie Waterfall of Perry Hall, Maryland.