Roll Out the Barrel

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“The art of nations is to be accumulative, just as science and history are; the work of living men not superseding, but building itself upon the work of the past.” – Author: John Ruskin

There is much to celebrate in the small historic village settlement of Monkton, MD. An arts and cultural center which has been a historical restoration project for sometime is beginning to see the light of day. The gallery exhibit space is now opened, and art education workshops have begun. What a bright, cheerful space and what a future this restored gristmill will have.

Manor Mill was once at the heart of the community in My Lady’s Manor. Read about it’s fascinating history which dates back to the 1700’s. Also in this little settlement which lines the Big Gunpowder Falls is an historic train depot and hotel which also have undergone restoration.

Lynne Jones, Director and Curator of the Manor Mill Gallery gave me a wonderful tour, explaining the vision for the gallery and it’s spaces which are still undergoing historic restoration. There will be additional spaces for individual artist studios as well as a dedicated space for meetings. She could not have been more hospitable or knowledgeable about the entire project but she is at the hub of it all. Lynne is also an admirable artist in her own right. Check out her website.

Here are a few collages of pictures! But stay with me, the final photos in collage #3 are what’s underneath of the entire project, and it is the most historically notable of it all.

Manor Mill Gallery, Monkton, MD
Manor Mill Gallery, Monkton, My Lady’s Manor, MD

What’s underneath it all? Below are some more photos, all taken with permission. Thank you Lynne!

I‘d like to extend my thanks to Scott Batton of Batton Builders and President of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of Baltimore County for telling me to keep an eye on this wonderful project several years ago. I have driven by this property many times over, but had never been inside. Then Harford County artist Pamela Wilde enticed me further when she posted on her social media the space is now open. So I went to explore and what a discovery. Dont miss it!

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