Preservation Maryland’s CEO Nicholas Redding and Frederick County Executive Jessica Fitzwater today recognized area farmers from the newly authorized Peace and Plenty Rural Historic District located in the New Market District of southwestern Frederick County, Maryland that includes eight farms and one agricultural lime plant on over 1,000 acres of land.

“The addition of the Peace and Plenty Rural Historic District is an important step forward for Frederick County and the State of Maryland, as this is one of the first rural historic districts locally designated with design oversight in the state. The addition also preserves and protects the historically important rural resources and stunning landscapes that have a deep historical significance to Frederick County and Maryland,” said Redding.

“the farmers are a vital piece of this story and the successful preservation of our rural resources.”

This rural landscape illustrates the county’s agricultural heritage with over two centuries of agriculture and attendant long-term family ownership of property. The land was protected under existing agricultural easements and now the historic buildings are protected with the County Register historic designation.

The district is bounded by Detrick Road, Old Annapolis Road, Green Valley Road and Old National Pike, and has been designated to Frederick County’s Register of Historic Places. It consists of ten historic parcels and structures which were built between 1760 to 1940. Those structures are considered excellent examples of the changing pattern of farm life and architectural preferences over the years.