1. Pumphouse: The reconstruction of the pumphouse was completed on 11 May 13.

In the early part of the 1900’s, a wooden pumphouse was built to provide water for dairy

cattle in the adjacent Percy Lee Dairy Farm bank barn. The most significant visual

depiction of the structure is a watercolor rendering presumed to have been painted

c. 1930 by a member of the Cadwalader family; the previous owners of the pumphouse

and bank barn (see attached pictures below on left). The pumphouse burnt to the ground

in 1966 along with bank barn as a result of arson. Harry Perrine, of Perrine Design,

donated professional services to prepare the architectural plans on 13 Mar 2010.

The project proposal for the Conservation Job Corp was approved and the foundation

cleaned, stabilized and repaired in Aug 2010 (see attached pictures below in center and

right) with help from the Friends of Jerusalem Mill.

 

John Olson, Eagle Scout Candidate, completed the pumphouse as part of his Eagle Service Project

with financial help from the Percy Lee Dairy Farm and antique lumber from Brownfield Science and

Technology and the owners of the Franklinville Cotton Factory (former Axial Belko Factory).

  2. Tenant Farmer’s/Post Office House: The circa 1800s Tenant Farmer’s/Post Office House

 foundation was significantly damaged by automobile accident in 2012. Old World Stone

Masonry re-assembledthe destroyed corner foundation of the house and Ray Velez re-built the

 cellar window that wasinstalled with the help of the Maryland Conservation Corp (see attached

picture below).

   

Julie Van Campen lead a diverse group of volunteers from the Maryland Conservation Corp,

Mountain Christian Church Second Saturday community Serve, Boy Scouts, Friends of Jerusalem Mill

and other organizations, during over 25 separate work days to scrap, sand, spackle, prime and paint

the rooms within the Tenant Farmer’s House (see attached pictures below). 

  

 The Civilian Conservation Corp installed a horseshow shaped drainage system around the house to

successfully address water seepage into the basement. A reproduction period loom was assembled

 in the front room of the tenant house and extensive work was started to completely renovate

theplumbing and overhaul the bathroom this coming summer.

 3. Bank Barn: The Percy Lee Dairy Farm bank barn was one of the largest stone/wooden

barns in Harford County and was built by Jerusalem Mill owner David Lee most likely

between 1798 and 1810. Using matching funds from the Preservation Maryland and the

Maryland Historical Trust, the Friends of Jerusalem Mill commissioned an extensive

"Reconstruction Assessment Report" of the bank barn and adjacent pumphouse completed

December 31 2009 by Jeffrey A. Lees, AIA. Excess vegetation from years of neglect

engulfed the bank barn. Harry Sanders led many workdays to clear the vegetation

around the bank barn, but, it was not until 20 May 2012 that a comprehensive clearing

of the site was complete (see attached pictures below).

  

  Volunteers from Friends of Jerusalem Mill with funding from the Percy Lee Dairy Farm Foundation

 and labor donated by the Mountain Christian Church Second Saturday Serve/ServFest completed a

numberof improvements to include: (1) installed a protective fence alongside the bankbarn;

(2) installed temporary 6" by 6" post supports in all the windows and two original doors;

(3) Preston Jones, Eagle Scout Candidate installed a new 16’ foot entrance gate;

(4) display for period farm equipment;

(5) fabricate a custom concrete well cap for the hand-dug well next to the pumphouse;

 (see attached pictures below).

 

Mike and Matt Danberry of Old World Stone Masonry inspected the stone walls of the bank barn

and confirmed Jeffrey Lees determination that the walls were well built, not fire damaged and can be

 restored. Mike and Matt recently completed a number of emergency repairs to the stone structures

to include the repairs to the collapsed opening on the north wall and the replacing missing stones at

 the both back corners (see attached pictures below on left).

 

4. Trails: A project with the Conservation Job Corp was approved in Jun 2012 and a trail

connecting the Jerusalem Mill Village to the Jericho Covered Bridge alongside the bankbarn

was started (see attached pictures below). The Maryland Conservation Corp GFSP crew

completed the entrance of this trail from Jericho Road in spring 2013. This project will be

continued in summer of 2013 until complete.

 

 

 5. Grounds: The Percy Lee Dairy Farm Foundation purchased a Bobcat zero turn mower and received

 donations of other tools and equipment to maintain the grounds to the proper requirements of

Department of Natural Resources. Arrangements have been made to harvest the hay on the fields

behind the bank barn and planning has started to invest in twenty-five bee hives along the Little

Gunpowder River behind also behind the bank barn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                             Progress Summary for May 2013