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The Summit Hall smokehouse is one of the oldest structures in Gaithersburg, likely built between 1807 and 1812. The property was acquired by the City of Gaithersburg in 1982. In 1996, Summit Hall, including the smokehouse, was determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places by the Maryland Historical Trust.
The smokehouse is a rare surviving example of an early 19th-century log outbuilding. Smokehouses, or meat houses as they were sometimes called, were indispensable structures before the days of refrigeration. Hogs were often slaughtered in early winter and the meat would then be placed in barrels and packed in salt for six to eight weeks. The original rafters were likely used to hang meat.
In the Fall of 2016, UBER was responsible for the replacement of the expired chinking and dobbing that filled the crevices between each log. All of the old material was removed, a wire mesh was installed for the new lime to adhere to, and a hydraulic lime putty was used as a sustainable substitute. The entire process was completed in about two weeks.