c. 1870 Second Empire, Easton, MD

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29790 Matthewstown Rd, Easton, MD 21601

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  • $325,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 4.5 Bath
  • 4174 Sq Ft
  • 2.69 Ac.
Motivated Seller! 4175 sqft 3 story Manor home situated on 2.69ac only minutes from town,but surrounded by farm land.Offering 5br,4bths,4f/p,beautiful wood floors,huge living,dining and kitchen,full walkout basement,barn and garage.House needs finishing touches but would be an absolute gem when completed. Seller will hold financing. Some conditions apply, see agent for details.
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19 Comments on c. 1870 Second Empire, Easton, MD

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  1. Ryan says: 470 comments

    I’m still amazed that a brick house can be moved this way, without the house falling on itself in like a pile of dominoes. Also, maybe I’m crazy, but this place feels to me like an older house that was Victorianized later in its life. In any case, I really like the older-looking mantels and arches.

  2. Robt. W. says: 359 comments

    A nice house, actually — and it should win an award for multilist service real estate photography for that Hooper-esque facade view.

  3. John Shiflet says: 5452 comments

    Nice rescued 150 year old home a very,very, lucky example. Thousands of homes twice as impressive have been met by the wrecking ball but this one was spared. Hat’s off to the folks responsible for the move and wish more would get saved like this. Nice vernacular interpretation of the Second Empire style and the interior looks better than one would expect it to be. Beyond mere “good bones” I think this one could be brought to a finished state in short order. With a reinforced new concrete foundation this house should be stable for another 150 years. I was amazed not to see a spider web of cracks in the plaster-I want THESE guys if I ever have to move a house!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 931 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I know, that show on HGTV (or was it the History Channel?) that would show house moves, they’d knock off the front porch and porch attachment on the side. I’m guessing this probably wasn’t moved far at all, I bet you could even find it on the street view in it’s original spot, if one were to look long enough.

      • Wendy says: 23 comments

        It looks amazing for being moved! I’ve seen that show too … and watched them cut off an entire roof to move a house. It was a mess.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 931 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Ha! I found out where it was originally located! From Stardem.com. I looked on the map and not sure if this was it but it was the only home I could figure it to be in the area. I also found another article stating the house (known as Mulberry Hill Manor House) was built sometime between 1860-1870 and that the house was the site of a 1915 silent movie with Clara Bow. It says the house was moved by Expert House Movers, I’m guessing this is the same company. They’ve moved some pretty huge structures before, even some I’ve seen moved on TV and online.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 931 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        P.S. Either the date or the rumor is wrong about the Clara Bow movie, since she wasn’t but 10 in 1915, I don’t think she was making any movies at that age.

        • John Shiflet says: 5452 comments

          And Second Empires weren’t being built it 1900. (not even in France which was in the throes of Art Nouveau in 1900) This looks to be an early 2nd Emp. house, maybe early to mid 1860’s. May have even been an earlier house getting a mansard roof remodel a decade or so after it was built. Who knows?

  4. Ryan says: 470 comments

    I’m still kinda fixated on this house for some reason. With the possible exception of that bay window, the interior just doesn’t have the feel on an 1880s Victorian to me at all. The mantels, wainscoting, arch and crown moldings all look the type commonly used during the federal or even the colonial era. No self-respecting Victorian home builder would have installed such old fashioned and outdated details in a brand new home in the 1880s. I suppose it’s possible the house might have had Victorian details originally, though, and later those original elements were ripped out and replaced by more colonial-looking ones. That’s possible. But not especially likely. The 1900 build date probably relates to the year official records started being kept there, and the 1860s – 1870s date appears to be nothing more than a guesstimate made by a recent owner, simply based on looking at the current exterior details. I’m still convinced this house is much older.

    I couldn’t unearth any early history, but evidently in the 1970s this house was known as Mulberry Hill Farm and was the home of U.S. Representative William O. Mills. Rep Mills not only lived there but also committed suicide there, after his acceptance of some illicit campaign contributions was exposed. I also ran across this little blurb on an art website… some artist had apparently painted it and won a prize for his painting:

    “The painting depicts Plansoen Farm (also known as Mulberry Hill), a scenic landmark that was once part of the great silk speculation that swept Talbot County in the 1830s. In a get-rich frenzy, all over Talbot County invasive Chinese Mulberry trees were planted faster than silkworms could keep pace. At Mulberry Hill—a high spot in the watershed between the Tred Avon and Choptank rivers—a cocoonery was set up to propagate silkworm stocks and feed the industry. The silk bubble burst shortly thereafter leaving many locals in debt.”

    That history might seem to suggest a slightly earlier date for the house, but there’s obviously nothing solid there. I guess I’ll just give up my search:(

    This page has a few pics that were taken while the house was abandoned:

    • John Shiflet says: 5452 comments

      “once part of the great silk speculation that swept Talbot County in the 1830s. In a get-rich frenzy, all over Talbot County invasive Chinese Mulberry trees were planted faster than silkworms could keep pace. ”

      And I thought late 20th century Emus were the only “speculative” animals…As for the house being earlier than even the mid-1800’s I feel that’s possible, even likely based on the details you mentioned.

  5. Tracy says: 1 comments

    My family lived in this home from about ’76 to ’80 and I have nothing but wonderful memories of growing up in this house and the surrounding property. It has and will always have a special place in my heart. I cherish the family pictures that show it’s true beauty.

  6. Ed says: 4 comments

    I am happy to report that my partner and I purchased this house back in February and have been working hard to make it a home.

    Many of you are correct about the interior style not matching. The home was built in 1872, found an article in the Easton Star about the building of the house, but was completely remodeled in the 1940’s.

    The old house that used to sit on the property that this one was moved to burned down several years ago.

    The congressman never lived in the house; he only rented space in one of the barns for his horse which is where he killed himself. Rumor has it that he came to say goodbye to the horse.

    Also, Claire Bow (sorry about the spelling) never made a movie here. She might have visited the home because she was friends with one of the previous owners.

  7. Sally Glynn says: 2 comments

    I grew up in Easton in the 1950’s and 1960’s. I always loved that house. I remember when it was a working farm, with corn growing in fields surrounded by beautiful white fences. All of the barns and outbuildings had blue roofs, and everyone called it the Blue Roof Farm. Back in 2009 I was back home on a visit and found the house moved! I got several pictures of it and hoped someone would restore it! I hope the interior is being done.

  8. Sally Glynn says: 2 comments

    I’d love to see pictures of what you have done.. I’m an old house fanatic!!

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