Stier House History
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building has been used as a hotel, stage office, tavern, post office, library,
general store, and it is presently used as a Scottish import shop, antique shop,
law office, and the residence of the present owners, Gordon R. Kindness and
Isabella C. Kindness. It bears a Frederick County Landmarks Foundation plate
numbered 011, and it is in the New Market Historic District which was entered in
the National Register on December 6, 11‑975. The State of Maryland has
also registered the New Market Historic District.
front of the main building is a small brick platform topped with a stone slab.
This was used to assist people to mount their horses, and to enter and leave the
stage coaches that traveled the old National Pike.
main building was constructed in four stages. The old kitchen with the large
fire place in the rear of the first floor, the adjacent room and the two rooms
above them are the oldest part of the building and are believed to have been
built about 1798 which would have been five years after the town was laid out or
subdivided in 1793. The two additions were added in the early 1800's in front
of, and to the east of the original building. The courtyard and the present
living room above it were added relatively recently.
courtyard is said to contain four thousand bricks taken from a grist mill that
once stood in Monrovia, a neighboring
The centerpiece of the courtyard is a grinding stone taken from the same mill.
The smoke house is located just off the courtyard, and it is believed to be as
old as the original part of the main building.
There are also two other buildings on the premises of more recent origin one of which has the separate street number 7.
Note: This history was obtained from Mr. and Mrs. Kindness who have owned the Stier house since 1977. Mr. Kindness has been visited by other Stier family members, and says that one Stier descendant (an older lady from Annapolis, possibly Aline Stier) told him that Wallis Warfield Simpson used to play at the house as a child.
have a deed to the house which states that Hamilton Stier bought the property in
Buyer, Stier, and Related Families
Research is continuing and some information in this site is unproven.
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