Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun:

The Harford County Historic Preservation Commission recently announced its 21st annual award recipients during a ceremony at the historic Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air.

Three Several Preservation Project awards were presented, including:

• Ladew Topiary Gardens, in Monkton, for the conservation and restoration of the historic Berry Garden Fountain, with special recognition to Michael Coomes, Howard Wellman, and Ben Gage;

• St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, in Abingdon, for this county landmark property’s historic stained glass windows restoration project, with special recognition to J&R Lamb Studios of Midland Park, N.J.;

• The Baltimore County and Harford County public works departments for their historic Jericho Covered Bridge rehabilitation project, in Joppa/Kingsville, with special recognition to Keith Duerling, Baltimore County Department of Public Works; Naveed Shah, Harford County Department of Public Works; Wallace, Montgomery & Associates; Kinsley Construction; Barns & Bridges of New England; and Friends of Jerusalem Mill.

Special Preservation awards were presented to Steppingstone Farm Museum, of Havre de Grace, for promoting education and public history through the Foard Blacksmith Shop interior renovation and for the reinstallation and redevelopment of the exhibit; and to Harford County Public Library for their efforts to promote education and public history through their locally held series of programming.

A Preservationist Honor Award was presented to Aberdeen resident Jack Davis for his dedication and significant contributions in archaeological investigative projects in Harford County.

The awards are presented each May in honor of National Historic Preservation Month to recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to stewardship of Harford County’s historic and cultural resources.

County Executive Barry Glassman provided welcoming remarks at this year’s ceremony, for which Historic Preservation Commission Chairwoman Carol Deibel served as master of ceremonies. Award winners appear below.

For more information about the Harford County Historic Preservation Program and this year’s winners, visit http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/691/Historic-Preservation.

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