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Locust Hill: 1936

Locust Hill: 1936

Charles County, Maryland, circa 1936. "Locust Hill, Port Tobacco vicinity." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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Back to the great provincial farmhouses. Excellent.

Apparition Included

For Sale Cheap. Make us an offer we can't refuse. Charming "fixer-upper" needs a little TLC from an industrious do-it-yourselfer. (Original owner still on the premises). Unfortunately this dwelling has been mysteriously abandoned by subsequent buyers. Country living can be yours if you are willing to put forth the effort to make a few home improvements. Call Acme Realty at 555-1936.


Alas as with so many historic structres in this area, this one was destroyed sometime after 1970.

From Bad to Worse.

Sometime in the 1940's or 50's, Locust Hill lost its remarkable double chimney with pent and was further compromised with an application of brick-patterned asphalt siding. A worse fate lay ahead, however: In September of 1963, the local fire department deliberately burned this delightful example of Southern Maryland Tidewater architecture. Thankfully, FBJ got there first.

Burned -- September 1963

Weep for Locust Hill, which burned in 1963, and based on pictures taken in April 1963, suffered significant indignities between 1936 and 1963.

Mystery object

What is that tool under the middle window? Is that a hand drill?

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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