Investing in the Historic Jonathan Street Community

Preservation Maryland will work in partnership with members of the historic African American Jonathan Street neighborhood to lead a community-driven planning effort that will identify the places and resources that matter to the people who live there. Additionally, Preservation Maryland will deploy new resources and develop new partnerships to help invest in threatened historic resources that can be reused and revitalized to support the needs of the historic community.

Partners: Western Maryland Community Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, Ziger/Snead Architects, State Highway Administration
Six to Fix


Hagertown’s historic African American commercial corridor along Jonathan Street has seen a long period of disinvestment and recent demolitions.


Preservation Maryland will work in partnership with local citizens to facilitate a community-driven planning effort to identify and support areas of strategic reinvestment.



At the invitation of Preservation Maryland, the Maryland State Highway Administration conducted an archaeological investigation of 417 North Jonathan Street – a property purchased by Preservation Maryland as a part of the organization’s property redevelopment program.

MAY 2020

After several years of thoughtful planning and listening to the needs of communities around the state, Preservation Maryland is proud and excited to announce the planned acquisition of 417 North Jonathan Street is an historic circa 1830s small log home in the heart of the historic Jonathan Street community of Hagerstown, one of the state’s oldest African American neighborhoods and nearby well-documented Green Book sites.

Can we count on you?

Preservation Maryland isn’t just preserving the past – we’re investing in our future. In just the past year we’ve invested heavily in our work and refused to accept the mounting challenges as a reason to retreat or hold our position. You are making it all possible.