As the sun went down on this beautiful late winter Saturday the Beehive, the ruins of an 18th century commercial complex, caught my attention. These stone buildings are located at the intersection of Telegraph and Little Elk Creek roads near Fair Hill. Some long forgotten stonemason and his helpers displayed fine skill in cutting and placing stone to build these sturdy walls, which, although worn by time, weather, and neglect, managed to survive into the 21st century. A cooper’s or blacksmith’s shop, workers houses and Michael Wallace’s store, made up elements of the complex, according to the Maryland Historical Trust Dennis Griffith’s Map of Maryland (1794) shows Wallaces on the bank of the Little Elk Creek. The Elk Creeks Perservation Society is presently conducting an archaeological study on this parcel.
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