Project Stories

Build the Future, Preserve the Past. That is the passion of the Stable Hollow Construction team. If you share our passion, please enjoy the following stories of how people like you have re-birthed their historic structures to new life.

Mystery surrounds this little hay barn tucked into the hills of Manchester, Maryland. With no cornerstone to reveal the building date, the owners — John and Melanie Murray — can only speculate about the year the barn was built and the things it has seen in its lifetime.

At first glance, the restored barn at Bally Cliff Farm will strike you as beautiful. But only as you slowly meander through the structure — noticing intricate details of authenticity and listening to owner Jim Clifford’s passion for preserving architectural history — will the richness of the barn truly come alive in your mind.

Lee and Kelly Drosdak are in awe of the historical facts and delightful stories they continue to uncover in and around their restored barn, stories from long before Kelly’s childhood memories of growing up on the farm.

Can two Amish brothers working out of a cow stable build a construction business?

A barn is built

The Kennedy farm began in 1748 when John McDowell brought his family from Ireland and settled in the area. His daughter, Jane McDowell, married Lieutenant Elijah Shoemaker, who later died in the Wyoming Massacre of 1778 along with 300 other settlers. Shortly thereafter, a man, John Shaw, came by the farm to gather supplies for the survivors.

The rich history of Historic Ashland spans back to the 17th century. Originally deeded to William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, Ashland eventually fell into the hands of a man named John Herr. Around 1806, he built the barn of our story, with beams brought up from a nearby sawmill. To ensure easy access to both levels, it was built into the side of a hill. Around the same time, a spring house, chicken barn, and tobacco barn were also built on the property.

While it’s called Colonial Village, it wasn’t built in Colonial times. In the late 1920s, a developer formed a community in the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside just outside Philadelphia, constructing the buildings in colonial style.