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Black and White image of Jarboe store taken in 1963.   Building windows and doors are missing.

Jarboe Store Stabilization

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The National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP, will undertake stabilization of the historic Jarboe Store, located at Edwards Ferry, Montgomery County, MD. The brick structure was classified as a ruin on the List of Classified Structures in 2005. The building's shell suffered from storm impacts during the spring and summer of 2008. On June 4, 2008, a severe storm caused a partial collapse of the structure. Upon inspection of the building after the damaging storm, it was noted that further sections of the structure had a loss of structural integrity. The structure monitored, from August through October 2008, and it was determined that the unstable sections need to be removed to protect park visitors and park resources from damage should the structure experience further collapse.

Emergency stabilization of Jarboe's store was authorized September 2008 to remove upper unstable sections of the structure. The nearby boat ramp at Edward's Ferry was temporarily closed. Heavy equipment was brought in to safely remove the upper, unstable sections of the structure.

Once the unstable sections were removed, park staff safely accessed the structure to undertake permanent stabilization planning. The ruins were photo documented and the submitted plans for stabilization were developed in accordance with the Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.


The proposed work will involve:
• Overall height reduction of walls from original two story height to a staggered reduction to achieve wall stability.
• Installation of missing brick within wall areas.
• Rebuilding of window and door openings, to include missing lintels.
• Installation of a concrete coping for the top of each wall to protect the wall bricks and to provide a drip edge away from the wall surfaces.
• Selective repointing.

The work will be undertaken by park staff.


Contact Information
For further information about this project, please contact the Chief of Resources, 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740.