- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Three barns that are worth a roadside look

The Anderson, Pittman and Jones tobacco barns are not open to the public, but may be seen by passers-by. Here’s a guide:

m The big red barn at the Andersons’ Middle Plantation is seen easily on the right side of Davidsonville Road about one mile north of the Route 50-John Hanson Highway interchange. It’s a local landmark that area residents use to give directions to out-of-town visitors. There is a historical marker, but no pull-off to park and observe safely. The family does not welcome visitors entering the long driveway leading to the barn and grounds at 2621 Davidsonville Road in Gambrills, but the barn is easily observed.

• The oldest tobacco barn at the Pittmans’ Dodon Farm stands where Dodon Road comes to a split about a half mile off of Route 424. It stands to the right, close to the roadway and is flanked by a more modern horse barn to the left. One can easily observe the trussing and supports that once held stacks of hanging tobacco in a barn thought to be built around the time of the Civil War. The family does not welcome visitors entering the long driveway leading to the house at 440 Dodon Road in Davidsonville.

• The Jones family farm house and tobacco barn date from the Civil War and are easily viewed safely from the roadway at 545 Armiger Road, Huntingtown. The family lives off property, but the land is farmed, and visitors are asked not to enter the fenced area.

— Raymond M. Lane


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