Historic Christian Royer House c.1827
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||817 Fridinger Mill Road
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||Greenhouse, Guest Cottage
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|Historic Royer House c.1827 is an extraordinary home and 19th century meeting house with main level folding partition walls that once opened to provide a single large space. At the end of a long tree lined driveway, in a bucolic private setting surrounded by farm fields. the house, greenhouse, 2 story log cabin and pond are only minutes from downtown Westminster, shopping & entertainment.
SIGNIFICANCE The Christian Royer House presents an adaption of the typical Carroll County farm house form, incorporating the function of a brethren meeting house with the design of a domestic farmhouse. The Brethren (or Society of Dunkers) met in the homes of members during its early years in the United States, however, a house designed to facilitate worship services unusual. The architectural characteristics that differentiate the Christian Royer House are: (1) The double entrance on the main facade similar to that found in the meeting house architecture; (2) The folding wood-panel partition walls that open to provide single large space on the first floor; and (3) The extensive kitchen facilities, increased use of interior wood trim, and overall dimensions in comparison to other Carroll County farm houses of this period. The religious, social, and community life shown in the history of the Royer family follows a pattern typical to the early settlement of Carroll County. The integration of religion with family and farm life was a predominant feature of this region and provided a foundation for the growth and progress of the community. In the Christian Royer House, some of these relationships are reflected in its architecture, and thus it presents in a physical form some of the traditions basic to the county's history. (Maryland Historic Trust)
ARCHITECTURE The Christian Royer House is located at the eastern corner of the intersection of Fridinger Mill Road an old Bachman's Valley Road, northeast of Westminster. Built during the late 1820s early 1830s, the building was constructed to serve two functions as a farmhouse and a Church of the Brethren meeting house. The house is built in a style representative of many farmhouses in Carroll County. It is two stories with a five-bay by two-bay main section and a three-bay longer central rear wing. The construction material is brick on a stone foundation. The main facade is laid in Flemish bond; common bond is used elsewhere. Interior end chimneys are located in the gable ends of the main section and rear wing. The rear wing has a double-tiered inset porch on both sides in the two bays adjoining the main section of the house. The house is built into a bank that slopes away from the main facade so that the foundation story of the rear wing is above ground. The double entrance of the main facade differs from the typical Carroll County farmhouse for this period. Eight-panel doors are located in the second and fourth bays of the first story. The other bays on the facade, the gable end and the outer bays of the rear facade of the main section have 6/6 double hung sash windows. The gable ends have 4/2 attic windows flanking each chimney stack. There is a full length one-story frame porch on the main facade with a curved underside to its roof. (Maryland Historical Trust).
ABOUT CHRISTIAN ROYER Christian Royer, born February 25, 1800, near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was the eldest son of Peter Royer and Anna Roop. His parents settled in Carroll County during the first few years of the 19th century. Peter Royer was a tanner by trade, operated several farms in the vicinity of his home near Meadow Branch, and was a leader in the local Brethren meeting. Christian married Mary Gelman in 1827, and soon after his marriage move to this combination farmhouse and meeting house built for them. Christian Royer lived to be 67 years old and gained a reputation in this community is both a farmer and a Brethren minister. In the "Royer Family in America", it is stated: "he was perhaps the champion cradler in the county. The sythe of his cradle was 63 inches in length and he could cut a 12 foot swath. On one occasion he had a 21 acre oat field in two days. He always led the cradlers". It continues: "He was a minister in the Church of the Brethren, was never ordained to the eldership, nor was he is very able speaker. He was wise in counsel, well versed in Scripture and a good Germans scholar. He was a man famous for his charity, which reputation was not confined to his immediate neighborhood but was generally known throughout the county."
ROOMS First Floor
Right Parlor 21'x15' - Wood floor, front door, fireplace w/wood mantel, 5 panel doors, picture rail, stairs, chair rail, 3 windows.
Left Parlor 17' x 15' - Wood floor, front door, fireplace w/wood mantel, 5 panel doors, picture rail, chair rail, 2 windows.
Dining Room 17' x 13' - Wood floor, fireplace w/wood mantel, 5 panel doors, picture rail, chair rail, 2 windows.
Kitchen 18' x 15' - Wood floor, hanging lamp, fireplace w/wood mantel and stove, laminate counter, Thermador double wall oven, Kenmore Elite refrigerator, wainscotting.
Full Bathroom 7' x 5' - Tub.
Walk-in Pantry 8' x 6' - Built-in cabinets, 1 window.
Breakfast Room 12' x 8' - Wood floor, glass doors, vintage beehive oven.
Study 17' x 13' - Wood floor, fireplace w/wood mantel, 5 panel doors, picture rail, chair rail, 2 windows.
Sunroom 12' x 8' - Painted wood floor.
Master Bedroom 18' x 18' - Wood floor, private porch (12' x 7', painted wood floor), walk-in closet (8' x 5' , window), back stairs to kitchen, stairs to attic.
Master Bathroom 7' x 6' - Ceramic tile floor, ceramic tile half wall, shower, 1 window.
Bedroom 2 17' x 12' - Wood floor, fireplace with wood mantel, clothes pegs, 1 windows.
Bedroom 3 17' x 15' - Wood floor, fireplace with wood mantel, clothes pegs, ceiling fan, 3 windows.
Bedroom 4 15' x 14' - Wood floor, fireplace with wood mantel, clothes pegs, ceiling fan, 3 windows.
Bedroom 5 14' x 12' - Wood floor, fireplace with wood mantel, clothes pegs, ceiling fan, picture rail, 1 windows, door to private porch.
Hallway 28' x 6' - Wood floor, hanging lamp, stairs, picture rail, 1 window.
Attic Room 18' x 17' - Carpet, ceiling fan, paneled walls, 2 windows.
Unfinished Storage Room
Foyer 13' x 12' - Carpet, closet, stone & panel walls.
Game Room 18' x 15' - Brick floor, stone walls, hearth with wood stove, closet, recessed lights, built-in wall seats, door to patio, 3 windows.
Ratskeller Room 20' x 13' - Brick floor, wall wine rack, exposed beam ceiling, built-in shelves.
Screened Patio 30' x 13' - Brick floor.
LOG CABIN Living Room 17' x 14' - Wood floor, exposed log walls, exposed beam ceiling, fireplace with wood mantel, stairs to second floor.
Kitchen 17' x 11' - Wood floor, exposed log walls, exposed beam ceiling, fireplace with wood mantel, Whirlpool refrigerator, Kenmore stove, laminate counters, oak cabinets.
Bedroom 25' x 17' - Wood floor, exposed log walls, ceiling fan, 3 windows.
Bathroom 10' x 8' - Carpet, exposed log walls, shower.
LINKS Nomination Form - National Register of Historic Places
Wikipedia - Historic Christian Royer House
Maryland Historical Trust - Christian Royer House
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