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Historic Log Cabin Receives Interpretive Treatment

Interpretive signs tell the Jacob House story County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joined with dozens of East Towson community leaders today to celebrate improvements to the Carver Community Center and the installation of interpretive sign panels at the historic Jacob House.

“East Towson is a unique, historic community that has always worked to preserve its heritage and maintain a high quality of life,” said Kamenetz. “I am very pleased to support the community’s goals by vastly improving the exterior of the Carver Community Center and its grounds,” he continued. “I am also pleased that we have enhanced the public’s ability to appreciate the community’s history by installing interpretive panels that tell the story of the Jacob House and East Towson’s origins.”

Baltimore County invested $670,000 in a complete exterior renovation of the Carver Center’s stucco finish, installed new concrete walkways, significantly improved all landscaping features of the property and installed new fencing. The County also undertook painstaking research and design to articulate the history of the Jacob House, which naturally touches upon the origins of East Towson.   

 Project enhances historically significant structures

 Both the Carver Community Center and the Jacob House are historically significant. The Carver Community Center was originally built in 1939 and served as a segregated school for African Americans. The building lost its purpose as a school after the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision in 1954. It was ultimately converted to a community center and is now home to a daycare facility, recreation offices and community leadership offices.

Research indicates that the Jacob House was originally built as a log cabin in the 1840s by an emancipated slave. In modern times, it was attached a larger home and was little noticed. The East Towson community rallied to save the cabin when the house to which it was attached suffered a fire and was threatened with demolition.

 Honoring another community treasure

County Executive Kamenetz presented an Executive Citation honoring Adelaide Bentley for her years of dedicated service to the East Towson community. Bentley serves as director of the Carver Center and president of the Northeast Towson Improvement Association.

Revised September 26, 2016