Residence, Vet Clinic & Boarding
Facility All In One
Fresh Meadows in Calvert County is home to Linda C. Molesworth, VMD
and Bay Equine Service, Inc. Originally from New England, Dr. Molesworth
never thought about building anything else but an all-in-one facility.
“Convenient, no commute, small and less area to clean,”
She bought the 47-acre farm in 1999 and at the time it had been farmed
but had no building on it. What she built was a facility that serves
as her home, office, an equine veterinary clinic and a boarding facility.
The 10,000-square-foot barn was built in 2000 and houses 16 stalls,
including two foaling stalls. There is also a pharmacy, office, bathroom,
utility room, laundry room and loft. The attached 24*36-foot apartment
has a great room, dining area, kitchen, master bedroom and full bath.
And the facility has 92 solar panels on its roof, saving the farm considerable
amounts of money in energy costs. And the best part of all… “It
is a metal barn with great rain sounds on the metal roof,” Dr.
Pictured top right is an exterior shot of the whole barn facility complete
with solar panels on the roof. The photo on the bottom right shows the
veternary clinic office.
Why Tear it Down?
When Len and Susan Ellis Dougherty decided to move out of downtown Baltimore,
they found a property in Cockeysville that had recently been subdivided.
The lot they chose included the original farmhouse built in 1870, an
old red barn and a chicken house. The couple had the option to tear
it all down but wanted to fix it up instead. The barn became a place
to store wood for Leonard’s artwork furniture and a section was
converted into an area for Susan Ellis to pot plants for her gardens.
Eventually, they replaced the siding on the barn and the chicken shed
became an art studio.
Pictured left is the snow covered barn in 2001 with its origional red
board siding. The siding of the barn was redone and part of the barn
was converted into a potting barn (pictured right)
The Beauty Inside
Although the exterior of a barn can be stunning and often the inside
structures can be even more eye-catching, sometimes what goes on in
the barn is where the real beauty lies. Located in Glen Arm, the barn
at the Rose of Sharon Equestrian School might seem modest on the exterior,
but the interior was specially designed to meet the unique needs of
the therapeutic riding center. Founder Patty Wise said of the interior,
“one finds a stable intentionally and handsomely designed to meet
the needs of people challenged by disability.”
The barn is located on 12 acres adjacent to Gunpowder State Park and
it is surrounded by farmland. The whole facility was built and landscaped
to create an “atmosphere of serenity and calm. An encouraging
atmosphere that enhances the interaction between the students and the
special horses,” Patty added.
Pictured top right is the school barn at the Rose of
Sharon Equestrian School. Bottom right is the main aisle, built extra
wide with plenty of teaching space.