The Drane House
A Project By
The Mayor and Town Council
of Accident, Maryland
The Accident Cultural and Historical Society
Accident is the site of the historical Drane House. The Drane house was built in 1798 by William Lamar and was given to his sister and her husband, Priscilla and James Drane in about 1800.
The Drane House was purchased by the Town of Accident in 1987, reconstructed and preserved on the original site, and dedicated in 1994.
The Drane House is a key landmark in the early history of Western Maryland and a vital part of its heritage. In fact, it is believed to be the oldest standing structure in Garrett County. The house is sited on a high ground to the east of the Town of Accident approximately 150 yards from the Accident-Bittinger Road and one-half mile east of U.S. Routh 219.
The structure is significant for its architecture and for its association with the early settlement of Garrett County. The house was constructed circa 1800 by James Drane, the first permanent settler in the Accident area, itself and early community in Garrett County. Drane emigrated to Western Maryland from the tobacco farming area of Prince George's County and was one of several early farmers who attempted tobacco culture in Garrett County. These efforst were ultimately thwarted by the cool climate and the great distance to market.
The Drane House serves additional significance from its architecture, representing a highly unusual combination of the log and frame constuction techniques and an uncommon variant of the hall-and-parlor plan type.
The total cost for acquisition, restoration, and site development is approximately $100,000.
This historical site will be open for tour by individuals and groups at specified times and upon request.
Contributions (tax deductible) are solicited for the DRANE HOUSE PRESERVATION FUND.
Checks may be made payable to the "Drane House Preservation Fund" and mailed to P.O. Box 190, Accident, Maryland 21520.
For additional information, contact:
Accident Cultural and Historical Society
P.O. Box 190
Accident, MD 21520