Curtin Graham Farm House

 

Abandoned Farm House - 1990

[From the biography of John M Layman, History of Allegany County Maryland; Thomas & Williams, 1924, p 939.

"John M. Layman was born February 1, 1846, at Pine Grove,Allegany (now Garrett) county, Maryland. He was reared on a farm, and had such educational advantages as the old-fashioned pay schools of the vicinity afforded. His practical training was entirely in the line of agricultural work, and on July 5, 1869, he entered the service of Curtin M. Graham, then owner of the Walnut Level Farm, where the remainder of his life was passed. During the first ten years of his stay there he assisted Mr. Graham, the management of the property being turned over to him at the end of that period in recognition of his trustworthiness and ability, and he continued in the new capacity for twenty years, until he bought the place for himself in 1900. He acquried it from Sarah Wright, who had inherited it from the Grahams, and it then comprised a little over three hundred and fifty acres and was, as it is yet, one of the most valuable and up-to-date agricultural estates in Allegany county. In 1907 Mr. Layman sold one hundred and seven acres to Wesley Lohr, receiving one hundred dollars an acre, and retained the remaining two hundred and forty-five in his home place, which is splendidly improved. It is generally known as the old Wright farm. The residence is a fine old brick mansion, one of the most desirable in the county, containing twenty-one rooms and has been kept in admirable condition."]

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Vandalism to main staircase 1990

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Photo after the 1995 fire

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Photo after the 1995 fire

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