Help Save the Historic Aberdeen,
Maryland B&O; Station!
The 1885 Frank Furness designed B&O; Station located in Aberdeen Maryland is threatened with demolition. The Historical Society of Harford County, Inc. is leading the effort to save the station, restore it and preserve it. Long disused by CSX, the station has deteriorated and in June of 2003 was condemned by the city and scheduled to be razed. The Historical Society and concerned citizens successfully rallied to prevent the demolition temporarily. With contributions by private individuals and a grant from Preservation Maryland a feasibility study was conducted which indicated that the building is able to withstand a move (The move is required by the railroad due to the station's close proximity to active rails). Negotiations with the railroad are now underway to obtain the nearby land necessary for the relocation.
We need your help! The feasibility study and related costs have used up the $10,000 raised for that phase of the project. We have also received a $50,000 grant from the Maryland Historical Trust to be used toward the relocation. However, the estimated cost to move and mothball the building until an end use is found is approximately $350,000. A second grant application was turned down at this time, since other competing projects were further along in progress. We have not been turned down outright though and are hopeful of receiving additional funding in the next grant cycle.
The Historical Society of Harford County is a non-profit volunteer organization. Research assistance, letter writing, publicity or a financial contribution will greatly assist us in our campaign to save the station.
Checks may be made out and sent to: The Historical Society of Harford County, 143 North Main Street, Bel Air, MD 21014 with a note indicating B&O; Station fund.