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Contact: Andrew Banasik, 301-696-8650 ext. 235
FREDERICK, MD – In 2015, a project to rehabilitate the Thomas Farm tenant house for visitor use was completed. The project installed restrooms and drinking fountain facilities, fire and security alarm systems, and prepared the building for future exhibits. In addition, an ADA-compliant path was constructed in 2016 to allow visitors to access the building from Stop four on the Auto Tour.
The projects focused on using energy efficient solutions, where possible, and include a drinking fountain/water bottle filler combination, all LED lighting, low-flow toilets, high-efficiency ceiling fans, and a pervious pathway that allows up to 2,000 gallons of water per square foot per hour to pass through. All of these efforts help the park meet larger sustainability and energy efficiency goals, while providing needed visitor amenities.
The new facility will be open to the public starting May 27, 2016 and be available for use from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Handicap parking (only) is available in front of the Thomas Barn in designated spots.