In 2021 Preservation Maryland celebrated our 90th anniversary and tackled some of our largest initiatives yet, working to preserve the state’s unique and irreplaceable heritage while concurrently creating a more just, equitable, and sustainable future. Through strategic programming we have used the best of our past to solve some of today’s biggest issues, including climate change, affordable housing, and workforce development. Read on for programming highlights – and some of our biggest victories – in 2021.

The Campaign for Historic Trades

Partners from Conservation Legacy, The Campaign for Historic Trades and the National Parks Service at the Frederick Historic Preservation Training Center.

Partners from Conservation Legacy, The Campaign for Historic Trades and the National Parks Service at the Frederick Historic Preservation Training Center.

In 2021 The Campaign for Historic Trades, a bold workforce development initiative to broaden and expand training in the highdemand field of historic trades, accomplished:

  • Landmark partnership agreement signed with Conservation Legacy
  • TTAP Partnership already expanded from 15 to 25, likely 40+ by the end of 2022
  • Renewal and expansion of NPS agreement
  • Three full-time staff members hired
  • Introduced federal legislation for HPTC land acquisition to expand facilities
  • Founded the Historic Trades Council
  • Helped NPS develop training curriculum and pathways
    • Historic Preservation Fundamentals
    • Historic Stewards Program
  • Cemetery program funded by MAERDAF

The Heritage Fund


Heritage Fund check presentation for Newcomer House at Antietam.

In 2021, The Heritage Fund, a joint program of Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust:

  • Awarded $108,300 to 13 projects spanning across the state from Garrett to Worcester counties. The projects include bricks and mortar work, along with project planning, and educational initiatives
  • Funds awarded by the program leveraged over $650,000 in total project costs.
  • Over its more than two decades the Heritage Fund has awarded over $1.6 million dollars in project funding.
  • In its final year, the Baltimore City Historic Preservation Fund, Preservation Maryland, in partnership with the Maryland Historical Trust, Baltimore Heritage, and the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation awarded $53,000 in grants to projects impacting historic resources in Baltimore City.

Smart Growth Maryland

Landscape of Frederick County. Photo by Preservation Maryland, 2018.

Landscape of Frederick County. Photo by Preservation Maryland, 2018.

In 2021, Smart Growth Maryland, a campaign of Preservation Maryland which advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns, supported and helped accomplish:

  • In Charles County – advocated for an expanded  boundary – by 15,000 acres – to include the Mattawoman watershed. In December, 2021, the Maryland Board of Public works approved the designation of 64,000 acres to officially create the new Nanjemoy-Mattawoman Forest Rural Legacy Area.
  • Implementation of the Livable Frederick Master Plan remained one of the main focuses for the Smarter Growth Alliance for Frederick County (SGAFC) throughout the year and will continue to be a focus in the years to come. Despite a remote legislative schedule due to Covid-19, the coalition successfully advocated for legislation that put Frederick County at the forefront of protecting environmental resources at the local level.
  • In Howard County – advocated for smart growth and preservation policy in the county and worked with County officials to ensure the inclusion of smart growth priorities in the final General Plan.
  • In Brunswick – provided support on preservation and smart growth issues and serving on the Brunswick Preservation and Revitalization Committee. The committee was charged with charting a course to foster investment that preserves and enhances the historic downtown, an important element of our smart growth work. We are happy to report that the Committee’s work has resulted in the passage of a conservation district ordinance that will provide protection for their historic community, which serves as a model for similar Maryland communities.

Historic Property Redevelopment Program

417 N. Jonathan Street – AFTER (2021)

2021 was a prolific year for our Historic Property Redevelopment program, working on projects across the state and making direct investments in Maryland’s historic places through the restoration, rehabilitation, and revitalization of historic structures and the communities in which they reside. Here are our highlights:


417 N Jonathan Street

  • Close to $330,000 invested in rehabilitating the cabin. The result was an almost 300-year-old cabin saved, owner-occupied affordable housing created, and the local workforce supported by hiring a construction team of local contractors. This project has received quite a bit of media attention, including a front-page article from The Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post, and local television. You can also hear our President & CEO Nicholas Redding discussing this project on NPR.

Robert W. Johnson Community Center

  • $500,000 from DHCD to invest in the Jonathan Street neighborhood. Funds are supporting the preparation of a conditions assessment report and subsequent high priority rehabilitation needs at the Community Center.
  • Over $80,000 for broadband service and equipment upgrades that will help the Center increase and enhance its services.

Asset Mapping

  • Over $30,000 from the 1772 Foundation to complete a community asset mapping project in the Jonathan Street neighborhood that has seen conversations with residents, community leaders, and city officials, with engagement events being planned for the new year, to produce a resource that can be used for community-based planning and preservation of the places that matter to those from and residing in the historic neighborhood.


Burtis House


Snoots House

  • As a result of public participation and PM’s advocacy, the Snoots House—a historic property in downtown Brunswick with a wealth of historic fabric and stories to reveal—will be afforded a new life. $150,000 from DHCD has been awarded to PM for adaptive reuse work.


Old Ellicott City Jail

Of course this work is largely made possible by our generous donors. If you’d like to see us continue this important work across the state – and nationally via The Campaign for Historic Trades – please consider supporting our work! To learn more about our plans for 2022 visit our Annual Fund page.

Support Preservation Maryland in 2022