Initial Interest

Laura dreamed of restoring the farmhouse since her youth.  Not long after graduating from college and settling down in the area, Dave and Laura first expressed formal interest to Grandpap Jack and Grandma Betty in eventually buying the property and fixing up the farmhouse that was sitting mostly abandoned for over 15 years.  However, Jack wasn’t ready to sell.  Maintaining the grounds (“putzing around the farm”) would remain one of Jack’s favorite pastimes for the remainder of his years.

Owner: Walter Baker Kemp, Harriet Kemp

Walter Baker Kemp was the son of the prior owner, Christian Kemp. Walter received the property through the 1840 Will, The will also bequeaths to Christian’s wife Harriet “the use, occupation, and possession of the three rooms at the east end of the house I built and live in, and the kitchen and dairy underneath and half of the garden.” (Frederick County Wills GME 2:427)