Rogers Forge, a historic community in Towson, Maryland, was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. Sarah Kahl, an associate in Venable's Tax and Wealth Planning Group and a resident of Rogers Forge, was quoted in a December 9, 2009 Towson Times article on the recent designation.
"I am thrilled to have the neighborhood listed on the National Register," said Kahl. "I hope it will be a source of pride for the community."
Kahl chaired the Rogers Forge community association committee that worked to obtain a grant from the Maryland Historical Trust that funded the nomination report. The Rogers Forge community association represents the Forge's 1,777 row houses built by Baltimore developer James Keelty and his sons between 1931 and 1957.
The national historic designation offers tax credits to owners who restore their homes. And while the designation does not forbid owners from changing the exterior or interior of their homes, exterior changes must pass muster with covenants in deeds and the community guidelines.
According to the article, Rogers Forge was the first planned community in Baltimore County. It was named after George Rodgers, who manned the forge of a blacksmith shop that once stood on the southeast corner of York Road and Stevenson Lane.