c. 1785 Federal – Princess Anne, MD

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30516 Perry Rd, Princess Anne, MD 21853

  • $699,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 5 Bath
  • 7418 Sq Ft
  • 77 Ac.
Beverly c 1795 has been cited by the Maryland Historical Trust as one of the most impressive homes on Maryland's lower Eastern Shore. With 24'' brick walls in the Flemish bond style, a grand 40' long center hall with a matching hall on the second floor, 6 fireplaces, and 14 foot ceilings with deep moldings and intricate trim and paneling, Beverly reflects the finest of post-revolutionary architecture and craftsmanship. Situated on King's Creek amid majestic trees, acres of lawn, and an in-ground swimming pool, Beverly is a perfect spot for elegant entertaining or relaxing with family and friends. Guest quarters, which are housed in an earlier dependency attached to the main house by a colonnade, include a small kitchen, den and 2 bedrooms with a full bath. A separate caretaker's home i
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76 Comments on c. 1785 Federal – Princess Anne, MD

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  1. SeanSean says: 161 comments
    1928 Spanish Revival
    Long Beach, CA

    Wow! What an impressive façade; and equally impressive interior. This is something I’d expect to see in the architecture journals (if it hasn’t been there already). Even the outbuildings are beautifully designed. Spectacular!

    Thanks for finding this!

  2. Andrea N says: 81 comments

    I love it !!! Now just to find the $700,000

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  3. JimHJimH says: 4869 comments
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    Fantastic old place with some amazing (and true!) history. Napoleon was supposed to be brought here but the plot failed, though his older brother, King Joseph of Spain, did escape and lived in New Jersey. The 77 acres left with the house here are about 2% of the old plantation. The NRHP info has old photos – the last one surprised me!
    http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/stagsere/se1/se5/019000/019600/019621/pdf/msa_se5_19621.pdf

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks, not sure I saw that PDF. I did not expect to see bare brick!

      • JimHJimH says: 4869 comments
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        I yelled a curse word when I saw that. It’s like interior woodwork I think – if it was painted originally, fine, if not leave it be. There’s something very arrogant about changing the basic character of something so old simply because someone (or their decorator) prefers a new look.
        The interior woodwork looked better in the old pics too, non-white.

        • Travis says: 12 comments

          OH I KNOW! I hate when people paint natural wood in a home that was originally stained! I restored most of the painted trim, etc. in my old house, but There are 2 or 3 rooms that I just repainted it white because it is such a hard job! The brick is easy: Acid wash, scrub it, power wash, done. I think I prefer this house white and who knows, maybe the paint has helped to preserve the brick.

          • Jeff says: 13 comments

            Unless Mahogany or Walnut, interior architectural millwork was intended for painting, both here and in Britain. I also believe there was a fire in the history of this property, so not totally authentic, still a lovely property and greatly reduced in price.

            • twobuffalo says: 50 comments

              This house …. even the “Donald” would find some charm in this old beauty, the prison be damned!
              Now about painted trim… I found someone besides me that thinks it okay to paint trim. Like Jeff, unless it is a quarter sawn or exotic wood, paint it! The house that I have just finished and listed on the MLS here in Webster Groves (MO) received great reviews for the work on it, including the painted trim and that house was awarded a Century Home Plaque. Not an easy task with those folks to sneak by shoddy or incorrect work. So,,, thanks Jeff for your post!

              • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 989 comments
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                1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

                I think those of us who like painted woodwork are in the minority here — and while I respect the preferences of those who prefer unpainted, there is historic precedent. I can’t imagine Mount Vernon or Monticello without their elegantly painted surfaces.

                • Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 435 comments

                  Count me in the painted woodwork camp. (And in favor of hedges and high fences and brick garden walls and wall-dormers, and in not getting too bent out of shape about kitchen “authenticity”.

                  I’d never paint over woodwork that had its original clear finish; but then I’d never boo-hoo over painted woodwork that was always intended to be painted – as the great majority of it historically was.

            • JimHJimH says: 4869 comments
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              Nobody suggested that the interior woodwork in this house, or other houses from the period, was originally unpainted or would look better that way.
              The statement that only mahogany or walnut was left clear isn’t correct – there are many later examples of oak, cherry, ash, maple and other hardwoods used for interior woodwork and simply varnished; even pine on occasion was left unpainted.

              • MW says: 844 comments

                I am sure we can all agree that there are probably plenty of examples of exceptions to the rule both for an against painted trim in houses of this period. To me it doesn’t matter either way, it is more about what each particular house actually was back when it was built.

                To me the house looks fine with painted trim. I have no issue with that itself. My question is that with fire and the interior restoration, what exactly is still original to the house and what is from the 1930’s restoration. The restoration looks very well done and convincing. But I’d still like to know what is actually 18th century and what is 20th century.

                As far as the outside paint goes, same thing. I’d prefer the house to still be the way it was originally, either unpainted brick or painted. It looks great either way. But since it appears that at least up to 1960 it was unpainted and there seems to have been no evidence in that photo of ever having been painted, I would prefer it still was unpainted.

                When I was there, i did not have enough time to study the house in close detail and didn’t notice the exact condition of the brick. But I don’t recall sensing that the brick had been sandblasted and the outer surface damaged. i don’t recall seeing that texture under the paint. Usually one would only sandblast brick to get paint off, not prep it for painting. So, hopefully since the paint is still on it, there is still good solid brick under.

                The winters in this area are not real severe. And I would expect the brick for this house to have been made to a fairly high caliber. So that would lead to further expectation of good brick under the paint.

                With that said, if the plan was not to just live with it as is and maintain the paint, one would have to be extremely careful with any removal. If it is lead paint, then that may change the desired course of action.

                But assuming one would be lucky enough that this is somehow not lead paint, one could very gently remove lose paint slowly over time and just let nature and time do what it does to remove the paint. How long that might take is anyone’s guess. It may depend on how diligent one is on gently helping the process. But given enough time, pretty much all of the paint will likely come off on its own at some point. Although there may be many years where it is sort of in between and not really looking all that great and hard to look at.

                With that said, it still looks very nice an elegant painted. To me, it looks a bit more typical and American in unpainted brick. But it looks a bit more european and elegant painted. I like it both ways, but again my preference would be to have it the way it was originally built, which was apparently unpainted.

        • susan.atorsusan.ator says: 18 comments
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          I was thinking the white bricks looked fine and then I saw the original. I actually jumped a little in my chair the difference was so remarkable. Now that’s all I can see.

      • Anita McKelvey says: 7 comments

        I work at a historic house museum in Philadelphia, which was built as a summer villa on the riverfront around 1760. Around 1900 the house underwent a major restoration by one of the Colonial Dames organizations, which installed interior plumbing and a hot air heating system, but also painted the Flemish bond exterior! Perhaps the exterior brick was failing and could not be restored? In 1976, the house underwent a second major restoration and it was determined that the paint could not be removed without damaging the brick irreparably. Alas, acid washes and power washing will damage old brick and terra cotta and will hasten its disintegration, as will sealants and other treatments. I work with a number of preservation architects and a lot of their work today is about correcting previous attempts at preservation. In the 60s especially a lot of new techniques and restoration strategies were not successful long term.

    • DarraghB says: 8 comments

      Thanks for the very cool pdf of the history of the house- photos were awesome- who let that little kid stand over and empty concrete pool?

  4. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 989 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    I am speechless.

  5. Betsy says: 168 comments

    MUCH prettier with the bare brick.

    Usually Colonial era houses leave me ” cold ” but this one is really nice. I think it is the high ceilings

  6. Nancy N says: 1 comments

    . I’m in love. Like I everyone else, I wish I had an extra $700,000 laying around!

  7. MW says: 844 comments

    This house was originally built by my ancestral family members, but was lost out of my personally known family by a marriage of some sort way back when. At least that is what I was told. I grew up in Princess Anne and was always told about this house, including the story of Napolean. The creek next to the house, King’s Creek, is a family name and was the name of the family farming corp., King’s Creek Canning Company. https://www.etsy.com/listing/174330379/25-kings-brand-tomato-can-labels I believe the original family members were land granted quite a bit of property back in the 1600’s. But regrettably I don’t know enough about the family history as probably I should.

    The house has been for sale for quite a while, started out at a very optimistic $2M back in 2011. After the price dropped to within reality, I have toyed with the idea of buying it to get it back in the family again. But my wife has no real interest in moving back to this particular area.

    I haven never been inside the house myself, but I did look at it from the outside a couple years back. It is a very impressive house up close. The scale is very grand. Like a lot of old houses, you can see that it needs a lot of work, mostly because it is just so big, but seems to mostly typical stuff like painting, etc. I think the house may have been painted from a long time back, if maybe not even originally. Overall, the house actually seems in pretty good solid shape. I don’t think anyone has lived in it for a few years at least though, which as we know is not the best thing for old houses.

    The 2 big things going agains the house is that first off it is in Princess Anne, or near it actually. It is really just south of the town out off the main highway Rte. 13. Princess Anne has a lot of nice potential, but seems to struggle to have any real economy or town vitality. It hasn’t changed much since I was a little kid in the 60’s and 70’s, maybe a little worse if anything. Like a lot of small southern towns that aren’t too near anything of particular draw. it does have a campus of the University of MD that is growing a lot. But it doesn’t seem to translate too much economically to the town itself for some reason. The campus is a bit off to the side of town and not very integrated with it, so that is probably a lot of the reason. Princess Anne has a lot of potential and fortunately hasn’t been ruined by a lot of typical bad development either.

    The second more critical concern is that it being south of town off the highway and right next to a MD state prison complex that was built next to it a couple decades back. If you look at the satellite maps you will see it. That is basically what has really hurt the value of the house. Right around there, it is basically this house and the prison, not really the best combination. It is a lot of great house, but $700K is a lot of money for a house in the area that isn’t prime waterfront and in a better location.

    My family owned this house and a great deal of other farms all around the area in the county, as well as tomato canaries. After the difficult farming years of the 70’s and 80’s, (remember farm aid etc.?) and the older family members that ran the farms got too old to want to continue with it, all the properties were sold off. I suspect the land the prison is now on was in my family and sold to the state for the project but I’m not 100% sure on that. Not all the property sales were done with highest level of integrity, at least as far as all family members were concerned. The sale of the assets also pitted family against each other and still is to this day.

    Anyway, it is a pretty awesome house. Hopefully it will find a good new owner soon. I wish it was the right house for us, but it doesn’t seem to be right now.

    • Vicki says: 63 comments

      Thanks for this history. Beautiful house; interesting history. Wish you could buy it and invite us all there to see it!

    • DGM says: 4 comments

      I bought this property in the spring. It does need quite a bit of work. Mostly scraping and painting and some kitchen and bath upgrades. But it’s such a grand old mansion, it was hard to pass up. (The pool has been revived and has been a godsend during this hot summer.)
      It’s a shame the interior is not original, although the reconstruction is very elegant. I’m beginning online searches for any photos of the house, especially the interior, from before the fire in 1937. There’s not much out there. Next step is to check historical organizations and archives.
      I suspect there might be photos in private hands that could shed light on the original woodwork. A much more difficult project there. So I will put out a call to anyone who might have access to or know about old photos, or any other information, about my lovely home and property. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

      • Beverly H. Rice says: 2 comments

        Beverly H. R.

        Will be in the area Friday/Saturday. Have some pictures that I made copies of. My grandparents were the Catlins that owned Beverly pior to the depression. My Mom was born there as well as her sister. I was named after the farm! ? Will try to stop by.

        • Daryl Newhouse says: 18 comments

          Oh wow, that would be amazing. Unfortunately this is a weekend where we have an event in Bethesda and neither of us will be there. (Not to mention that the house is mid-move and not exactly something we’re proud to show off yet!) Someone is there today and tomorrow but if it is something you can leave in the mailbox we’ll make sure to invite you back as soon as we can!

          • Beverly H. Rice says: 2 comments

            Will try to leave pictures. Will have grandchildren with us. Going to do some touring of Chincoteague & Assateague. 2 day trip! We live in NC. Sorry you all won’t be there. I was born in Bethesda! Haven’t been back since I was born!? Beverly

  8. MW says: 844 comments

    edit: I now see in the link that JimH posted that the house was actually originally bare brick as of 1960, as would be more expected. The exterior painting looks like probably yet another example of bad 60’s thinking, or lack there of. Too bad. But maybe with luck, it wasn’t done that well and could be stripped off very carefully. Or if it isn’t full of lead, maybe just let if age itself off over time. Given enough years, it will probably just all come off eventually on its own.

    • Don Carleton says: 246 comments

      I have to weigh in here on the various bare versus painted brick comments.

      Brick buildings were very frequently painted in the federal period to resemble stone, which was considered a “nobler” material than brick. So if I were to guess, it would be that this property was painted early on its life, and may well have been painted for many decades.

      • Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 435 comments

        See the last photo in the pdf file in the link that JimH provided in the comments above; it shows the house unpainted in an image dated 1960. So the paint dates only to sometime between 1960 and 1967 when it is shown painted white.

        • Don Carleton says: 246 comments

          Yes, I was going to address that final picture of the property in an unpainted state in my prior comment, but the comment editing clock ran out on me.

          The fact that the house was unpainted as of c. 1960 doesn’t prove it was always that way.

          For example, according to its NHRP nomination, item 7, p.3, Bulfinch’s 1798 Massachusetts state house, now resplendent in red brick with white trim, was “sometime after 1825… painted yellow, remaining this color well into the present century.” And the Bulfinch state house’s predecessor, the still-extant, red-brick Old State House of 1713 et. seq., can be seen painted yellow as well (in an 1801 view of State Street).

          SO, it strikes me as possible that this property could have been sandblasted (perhaps after the late 1930s fire?), and then painted again when subsequent owners realized that sandblasted brick is a vulnerable, compromised material.

          On the other hand, it is true that the unpainted building appears to have brownstone lintels and maybe the belt course as well, and it would seem strange to use contrasting colors of masonry if one were going to paint it anyway. But the fact stands that while the red brick-light trim combination is a now a federal-style icon, it was a well-established period practice to paint brick buildings…

  9. Don Richards says: 404 comments

    MW. thanks for the context and some backstory. It is a breathtaking house. I wonder about much of the panel molding being original. The collonnade across the back looks a little clunky, too. But there’s so much here to enjoy.

  10. lebron says: 3 comments

    This is an “American” masterpiece. Simply breathtaking.

  11. Mary Beth says: 43 comments

    Utter perfection.

  12. RosewaterRosewater says: 5614 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Simply splendid proportions; every line beautifully scaled in symmetrical harmony with the next. As early American architecture goes, this is VERY FINE. I sense masonic influence here. Gorgeous interiors. Outstanding estate property. Good lord. Wow…

  13. missd67 says: 8 comments

    just beautiful. wish I had the $$$$, great investment

  14. says: 19 comments

    I’ll take it.

  15. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 435 comments

    Terrific house, and with its proportions, hipped roof (well, mostly), and semi-octagonal center entrance bay, very English in feel. I like the contrast between the larger, squarer, more “correct” front rooms and the somewhat compressed rear rooms with their slightly odd window locations and and the attention called to the great ceiling heights. The center hall is pretty spectacular.

    The easement description notes a 1920s restoration and a fire that “partially destroyed” the interior in 1937 after which it was restored to earlier plans. That would explain some of what looks like a few campaigns of redecoration and restoration, but these seem of a sympathetic sort. I wouldn’t change anything, really (the breakfast room with its modern brick fireplace and tile floor isn’t what I might have done, but it isn’t at all something I’d hurry to change either.)

    It’s a most handsome house with its painted exterior, but it really gives a very different appearance: flatter, less textured, less detailed. There are a good many areas of repairs and old fixes shown in the one photo of the unpainted exterior…even so, it’s too bad about the paint.

  16. Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

    Exquisite house. Superb. Inside and outside — but SO much more elegant with unpainted brick. What a shame that was, and probably irreversible. It is just gorgeous anyway — the symmetry perfect; fluid curves repeated so gracefully & balanced by straight lines & corners. The place sings. MW, have to hand it to your antecedents who knew a thing or two about beauty! Some dedicated caretaker, please find this!

  17. Thanks for the long bit on the background. After seeing the pictures and noting that it came with 77 acres, I was making myself “why so cheap!” If my husband would move to MD, I would buy this place in a heartbeat. I have ancestors from the area too, back in 1600s, and I have always found MD to be a beautiful state. Prison nearby is troubling, but I would buy a couple of guard dogs and security systems and let it go at that. If it had been in my actual family, my poor husband would be hearing about it!

  18. Jennifer HT says: 795 comments

    WAAAAAAAAY to close to a prison for me, but SOOOOOOOOOOO beautiful.

  19. Pookha says: 141 comments

    My, my, my! An estate with my name! And 77 acres!
    I do admit I could hardly wait to see the photos after reading about the Flemish bond brick, only to be disappointed that it was painted. Thanks for the reasoning pro and con about painting it–it does seem that modern brick is harder than a lot of historic.

    And thanks for the family update. I think that I would be saddened by the idea that the ancestors lost the property. But then, most of my ancestors only left behind old electric bills. 🙂

    This is quite pretty.

  20. Sapphy says: 411 comments

    I scrolled through photos of the house, partly marveling at how much work went into building it, and partly being sad because we’ll never see this quality of home in a new build. And then i saw the aerial view. Wow! That’s the type of place i’d love to live. I love having a lot of land around me with no other people in sight.

  21. JohnnyB says: 4 comments

    One of my favorite historic houses, the proportions just sing! I visited on many occasions when the last owner was alive. My understanding is that the superb exterior brick was painted because ornamental ivy covering the first floor walls was removed after the 1937 fire, resulting in mortar damage and eventual moisture penetrating the interior wall surfaces. Looking closely at the last photo you can see some repointed areas.
    The interior woodwork was beautifully restored, but the MSA photos show that the pre fire staircase with rounded newel post was not replicated. The replacement is square.
    I also miss the first floor shutters that were removed by the last owner (hopefully in storage on the property).

  22. Dn says: 18 comments

    When this house was on the market a few years ago we stumbled across it and my fiance fell in love briefly. He is a collector of colonial antique furniture and was looking for a historic house to showcase his collection, and he had just retired, freeing him to live anywhere. The Pratt Mansion in Ruthsburg had slipped through his fingers years earlier and he’d stopped looking until we saw Beverly. I asked a realtor friend to arrange a showing for us, but she told us it was just taken off the market or maybe even sold? Disappointed but figuring there had to be other properties in that range because of location we started looking in earnest on the mid-shore. We then found a smaller (than Beverly) but lovely, well-maintained Federal mansion in Cambridge (Glasgow) and closed on it in July 2014. It’s not waterfront but being close to the river and having a great view made it very attractive to me, and we enjoy the community. Somehow I noticed that Beverly is back on the market again and fiance is distraught- he’s drooling over the photos night and day. He still hasn’t put the first house on the market (that he was renovating to be his showcase before he decided to buy the real thing.) now he’s having buyers remorse I think. He’s booked a showing for tomorrow and I am secretly hoping the house will be in terrible shape or there’s a prison escape while we’re there or something. I’ve visited that prison when I was a public defender, and while Cambridge isn’t Easton or St. Mike’s, it’s not Princess Anne either. I’ll report back on the interior. The creek doesn’t look very navigable and there’s no beach so that’s an issue for me.

  23. DN says: 18 comments

    So we got a tour of the house and grounds. It’s a grand house- a wonderful example of architecture with a beautiful setting. This house rivals the Hammond-Harwood or Chase Lloyd houses in my mind- gorgeous trim and mantels. If it were in a different location it would easily be 2 or 3 million more.

    The exterior walls were cleaned by the current owner who recently bought it, but the window sills are rotting and need replacement, so the stains are again running down the walls under the sills. The windows are being painted but it is a tremendous amount of work- I get faint contemplating it. It needs no shutters- they don’t seem to be around anywhere and the hinges and shutter dogs have been removed. There are window screen but are removed as they work on painting the windows.

    There is a little water damage inside in the dining room but it looks like an interior leak. The third floor is a large attic, and there is a large walkin cedar closet (as you can imagine, this is actually the only big closet in the house- there are two other tiny closets in the bedrooms on the second floor so that’s it. I guess the servants would remove the coat and run it up to storage as you walked in the door!) In the attic you can see steel beams and new brickwork so apparently there was a lot of reconstruction done after the fire.

    The rooms are huge, the windows are amazing, but there is no central air conditioning. With walls that thick it is probable that the house stays relatively cool in the summer, so hopefully the windows allow some good cross-current. The floors are not original but are wide planks. They need some work. The bathrooms are of various eras. There is a powder room under the stairs with some very low headroom- could use some updating. The bath at the top of the steps has a shower stall, and is a 50/60’s era blue tile. The floor is nice but the rest would need updating. There is a two-piece jack and Jill bath between two bedrooms, and then there is a large full bath with bidet and jacuzzi tub that is straight out of the 80’s/90’s- black and gold. It’s bizarre.

    The basement is very interesting- four large rooms and a center “hall” just like each floor. The ceiling is relatively high and it seemed dry. Couldn’t tell much about the wiring in the house but we were told it was all updated- whatever that means. The heat is now a high efficiency propane gas furnace with radiators (not sure if water or steam) The house has a security system and satellite tv, but no cable or fiber Internet- only Hughesnet, ugh. There is a new provider coming to Delmarav they say.

    There is a wing that begins pat the stairs that leads to the kitchen and a breakfast area, laundry/utility room, then into a covered porch and the guest apartment- a two-story house with an office and two bedrooms, kitchen and bath. This is a nice addition, and it has central a/c, but because of the stairs to get to the bathroom, it wouldn’t be a good in-law suite for us.

    There is a pool and a garage behind the house. The water is a shallow muddy creek at this location. Almost the entire waterfront is obscured by forest or a huge thicket of bamboo, so there is a tiny clearing where you can see the water from the house but it’s not wide water by any means. It’s non navigable, but a kayak might work. The grounds are gorgeous and the drive up to the house is impressive. There is also a stable and a tenant house that needs a lot of work. There is farm land that is leased and makes a teeny profit.

    So it was am impressive house but will need the usual upkeep. It has a well and needs a new septic field right now. We didn’t get any cost estimates for how much it would cost to heat this beast.

    The current owner has some nice period furniture, but it definitely is unfinished. The window treatments are nice and she brought in some good rugs, but needs more.m She has apparently changed her mind about living there full-time. This house is a full-time project for sure. It feels very isolated to me, and it’s a 20-30 minute drive to Salisbury. Princess Anne looks like a cute town, and UMES is there, but I am a very water-oriented person. I couldn’t sail my dinghies down this creek at all.

  24. Dn says: 18 comments

    Given what we saw in the attic and a newspaper article from 1937 after the fire, I would say the entire interior was reconstructed and nothing is original. But, they did a faithful job, with the exception of the staircase which was definitely changed. We asked if the current owner has any of those plans or drawings, but were told no, and we haven’t found them anywhere else.

    Did I mention the bamboo forest that lines the waterfront? It has gotten completely out of control. I don’t know if there would even be much of a water view if it were even possible to have it removed (the creek is shallow and muddy at that point, with a trailer park across the creek that is situated in the woods.) the breaking bamboo in the wind sounds like constant firecrackers or gunshots.

    • lbbjr says: 52 comments

      DN, thank you for the information. I love this house. I want to fly over to the USA to see it. I love it as much as I did the 1007 Court St in Lynchburg VA.
      You say it’s isolated, how long would it take to drive to DC?
      Hope your husband feels better now that he has seen it!

  25. isabella says: 3 comments

    would’ve liked to have seen more detail on the inside.. the outside makes it appear so much more grand

  26. Tejenny says: 1 comments

    We toured this house in December 2015 with the hopes of buying it. The house needs lots of work. The caretaker’s home needs bulldozing. The garage is in need of tearing down. The inside of the house needs new wiring, new bathrooms, new paint, new windows (many of the panes were broken) lots of work for the price. At first estimate, I would say $300K wouldn’t be too much to guess at repairs. I would still love to buy it with all of its problems because the Beverly needs alot of TLC. The grounds itself are breathtaking with all of its ancient furs and Japanese cherry blossoms. I can just imagine myself sitting on a small bench surrounded by those furs. hmmm. dreaming I suppose. Perhaps if the current owner comes down on the price some, we may consider.

  27. DN says: 18 comments

    Our offer was accepted and we will be the new owners of Beverly shortly! So, that means we’ll be selling Glasgow eventually, so if anyone is interested in a 1792 Federal mansion in Cambridge MD, here it is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow_%28Cambridge,_Maryland%29

    • Sapphy says: 411 comments

      Congrats, DN! I wish you many years of happiness in this wonderful home. I happen to have a friend who lives in Cambridge that’s looking for a home, so please share your realtor link when it’s available!

      • DN says: 18 comments

        It’s not on the market and won’t be listed for a while (are readying house #1 in Annapolis’s Fishing Creek Farm subdivision for market first and hope to sell that place this spring), so I am sure that we’d be happy to talk to someone before it’s listed and avoid all that. Please have your friend contact us at daryl.newhouse@gmail.com or drive by at 1500 Hambrooks.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5614 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Looks like you have bought a very fine house to showcase all of your colonial things. Congrats! Hope you will update us on your new adventure here in the future. 🙂

      • DN says: 18 comments

        You bet. Inspection is this week and will close by April 1 if all goes well. Then we’ll be getting “Glasgow” ready for market- another lovely Federal home located in Cambridge. It has great historical significance as well so I think we’ll be submitting it for a post here at that point.

  28. Pookha says: 141 comments

    Sweet! A happy ending–or beginning. Best wishes!

  29. DN says: 18 comments

    We’ve been having fun getting ready to close on Beverly. Discovered from a WaPo article that a DuPont executive William Perry bought the house from Lynde Catlin in 1937 (and we know how those DuPont types love their old houses!) but the fire occurred shortly after he had finished renovating it and it had been on a house tour. The article said all that remained of the main house was the walls and chimneys- fire trucks were delayed by the muddy roads. Perry also was the one who sold almost 800 acres to the state years later, where the prison now stands. Hence, Perry Rd. We can’t see or hear the prison so it’s not a big deal to me. The other neighbor is a gravel pit. I am going to take our drone up to get a look at the grounds a little better, and I am looking forward to paddling the creek.

    Looking at the old photos, I can definitely see some differences in the upstairs hall- looks like some alcoves and storage compartments were done away with. I can’t wait to see Dave’s furniture in this house, but he wants to leave some here to stage Glasgow for sale, and we rent rooms for the triathlons and are booked until October. But we will have a party and you all will be invited. Thanks to Old House Dreams for making this dream come true!

  30. SuzyQ says: 78 comments

    Good luck with this project, it is a lovely house. I believe you mentioned Pratt Mansion earlier that home is going to foreclosure and will be hitting the market eventually.

  31. DN says: 18 comments

    Oh jeez, don’t tell Dave that. I think because that one is so much closer to the Bay Bridge and the Western Shore, it will still be in a totally different price range, and he thinks he dodged a bullet by being the underbidder the last time. He loved that it was almost a replica of Widehall in Chestertown. But he never could’ve retired if he’d had that house to support.

    We just had the Md Historic Trust inspection today at Beverly because of the easement- all good- and talked to our tenant farmer, our resident security expert/deer hunter/sheriff’s deputy, and the groundskeeper, so just gotta get the pool guy on the schedule next…

  32. SuzyQ says: 78 comments

    Ok. I will keep what I know to myself..lol. You might be surprised. It is really sad to see the place in the state it is now. Overgrown yard and neglected. If Dave was the under bidder before I am sure it will sell for less than his bid was. A week before the property went on the market I took a tour. Not sure when you were there but a lot of the antiques were sold before it was listed. An antiques dealer friend of mine bought a lot out of the house.
    Good luck on your project. I wish you much success!

    • DN says: 18 comments

      It would still cost twice what Beverly is costing us, so he’s not ready to go back to work (he wanted to buy it when he was still working and retired just before we bought Glasgow in Cambridge.) Who is your antique dealer friend? Dave is a collector too, and now he’s got an excuse to buy more furniture. He wants to keep a lot of his antiques here at Glasgow to stage it for sale.

  33. SuzyQ says: 78 comments

    My antique friend is Kelly Kinsel. I’m sure if Dave is an avid collector he knows Kelly.

    • DN says: 18 comments

      Thanks. Dave said he wants to tour it just for fun. 🙂 Yep, he knows Kelly and maybe we’ll see her at the Philly show.

    • JCNYC says: 13 comments

      Well, let’s get this totally correct, it is “KELLY KINZLE” I guess you are not from the Pennsylvania German area. My Aunt has known him for decades. He has wonderful things, and a very friendly guy too. Had a great Berks County Shrank at the Winter Show, it was just under 200K.

      • SuzyQ says: 78 comments

        You are correct, typo on my part. Kelly is a friend of mine and I am sure he would not be offended ! By the way anyone visiting Oxford should stop by his shop. Great stuff!

  34. SuzyQ says: 78 comments

    Kelly is a guy. Enjoy the show.

  35. DN says: 18 comments

    I should know better than to assume, I have one of those names too! I’ve been called mister a lot. If you know who we could contact to see the Pratt Mansion, please email me at Daryl.newhouse@gmail.com.

  36. SuzyQ says: 78 comments

    John Root purchased Pratt in 2006 but came upon hard times and now it is in the process of going to foreclosure. When I have more information I will pass it along.

  37. DN says: 18 comments

    Today was closing and we did it! Less than two years ago I saw a posting from when it was first put on the market. Someone beat us to it, but it was meant to be because somehow I again noticed it was listed 18 months later, and despite having already purchased another historic house in the meantime, this one was too amazing to be passed up. My partner has taken on some huge risks with these houses but I don’t have to tell this bunch why, right? We’ll let you know when it’s on the Somerset County house and garden tour some day.

  38. DN says: 18 comments

    For anyone wishing to continue to follow the house and see our progress as we embark upon our “Money Pit” adventure, I created a Facebook page for it: https://www.facebook.com/beverlyofsomerset/

  39. JohnnyB says: 4 comments

    What a relief that Beverly is in good hands. It’s long been a favorite house of mine, ever since seeing a picture and accompanying description in the Writer’s Program Guide to Maryland book (the updated 1970s reprint of the 1940 original, very informative on historic houses). I’ve compiled a lot of material on the house over the years, and was fortunate to have visited numerous times during the late Ann Haffner’s tenure. It was Mrs. Haffner who had the shutters removed and repainted the walls in stark white, as I recall she told me, to suggest a more european or neoclassical look to the place. I believe it was the Perry family who first painted the exterior brick around 1960 when they discovered dampness was penetrating the interior – Improper removal of all the decorative ivy had compromised the mortar, so the story went. Hard to believe, with such thick walls.
    Also, in the stair hall was a very old framed photo (ca. 1910-20?) of the house that Mrs. Haffner said conveyed with the property – I hope that is in your possession now.
    Some published descriptions of Beverly downplay the extent of the 1937 fire’s destruction, but as you noted it was gutted to the (thankfully) massive brick walls. One local newspaper article at that time stated that a disgruntled employee of the estate had recently been fired, and revenged himself by deliberately flooding the house with flammable oil and setting it ablaze. Horrible to think about it. The early kitchen wing survived the ’37 blaze, only to burn accidentally in the mid 1980s.
    Beverly has had ups and downs during its long history, but is a lucky house to have been brought back to life by many loving owners. Too many historic Maryland houses have been lost to fire! A nearby example was Workington on Back Creek. Check out that place in Paul Baker Touart’s book on Somerset County, it was very similar to Beverly in date, plan and lavishness of detail.
    Sorry to ramble on so … I shall look forward to following your progress.

  40. DN says: 18 comments

    Wow, thanks for all the wonderful details! We have not seen a photo matching that description- bummer. The previous owner left a lot of stuff behind that was likely here when she bought it two years ago- such as the shutters. We have 25 of 26, with hardware! Not sure what we’ll do with them because I think the windows have been changed and don’t have hinge brackets or shutter dogs, but it’s nice they are still here.

    What I’d like to know is which idiot planted the damboo? While it’s a bit of a screen for highway noise and trailer park view across King’s Creek, it is encroaching everywhere and into the lawn, garage, septic tanks and field at an alarming rate. We need a full-time culm cutter. I have no idea what the creek shoreline looks like around most of the grounds because of the huge stand of bamboo that is now about halfway around the shoreline. Agent Orange, napalm? What kills this stuff? God it’s awful. Thank goodness it’s a grass and not a tree so I don’t think the critical area commission has a say in it, but doing something with it will need to be a priority.

    We got the Touart book, and might have the other you mentioned. I had read about Workington, and also Almodington. Tomorrow we spend more time emptying the basement and garage of debris. Then gotta figure out all the light switches…

    Thanks, we’ll let you know why it’s ready for a tour or open house.

  41. JohnnyB says: 4 comments

    I don’t know who planted the bamboo, but they should be punished! Terrible stuff – My mother planted bamboo in our back yard as a natural privacy screen when I was a kid, with predictable results. It spread everywhere you don’t want it and is a pain to get rid of. I’m sorry for our neighbors who had to suffer.
    The Perry family (local hardware people) owned Beverly for years, and did some things to the property that (just my opinion) were questionable, like painting the brick and putting a swimming pool so near the house.
    The framed photo I mentioned probably was sold along with the rest of Ann Haffner’s furniture. I hope the local historical society knows where it went – It should be copied. The photo showed Beverly with the original hip roof, without dormers. It was taken before the Caplins owned the place and added the dormers, so tastefully done that they look like they were part of the original design.
    I cited Workington because so many features are repeated at Beverly; Same plan, with wide center hall and staircase tucked into a side room, same proportions, brickwork, etc. Workington’s interior trim was more Georgian, Beverly’s generally more delicate and Adamsesque. Beverly had the distinction of a centered two story bay on the facade, a feature rare in American architecture of the period.

  42. JohnnyB says: 4 comments

    Correction, the Hayman family are the local hardware family. The Perrys owned Beverly after the Caplins.

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