c. 1760 Georgian – Easton, MD

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9007 Chapel Rd, Easton, MD 21601

  • $575,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 6012 Sq Ft
  • 20 Ac.
"GALLOWAY", once magnificent manor house built 1760 by Henry Nicols upon his marriage to heiress H.M.Chamberlaine. Impt Georgian interior features extensive raised paneling, moldings, 6-panel doors. and 3-story staircase with gentle risers& wide treads, fluted posts. 6 FPs, 10ft ceilings. Stately trees, barn, greenhouse, outbuildings. 20 acres for horses or plant nursery. Restoration opportunity.
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Robert Shannahan, Shoreline Realty
(410) 822-7556

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  1. I. Want. That. Barn. *swoons*

  2. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1127 comments
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    1947 Ranch

    Oh m’gosh..wow! This place has incredible potential. My first thought when I saw the beginning photo was “it looks just like a Currier & Ives print”. Could be completely lovely.
    Anyone know what the pillars are for?

  3. Lindsay G says: 573 comments

    Ohh I love that staircase!

  4. Carolyn says: 295 comments

    Holy Mother of awesomeness!! What is there not to love. Darn it, why can’t I be rich!

  5. Joe says: 753 comments

    Amazing property. I wish there were some way to see the layout of the house and grounds. Does it include all of the greenhouses in the satellite view? Where are the property lines?

    • JimHJimH says: 5006 comments
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      Joe, the county map shows the property as a rectangle out to the tree lines or plowed fields on all sides.

      • Joe says: 753 comments

        Thanks, Jim,
        I’m still confused because the google satellite view shows a semi trailer looking like it goes right past the house to the commercial greenhouse in the back. It lists the greenhouses as 9003, Murdoch florist. I guess that I am generally curious if the florist is a going concern that has semis passing the house on a regular basis. So where is the back line?

        • Zoomey says: 534 comments

          I noticed that too. I wonder why the greenhouse was included in the photos of the house. Could the florist business be what’s for sale? It would be unpleasant to buy the house and have commercial vehicles rolling down the road adjacent to the house.
          I’m wondering if the house could be moved? Can you move old brick houses? It deserves to be saved, but in a better location.

          • Rocky says: 2 comments

            Florist shop closed about 4 yrs ago as Miss Mary couldn’t find anyone to run the business for her. The trailer beds you see were for the business. Part of the property is along US RT 50. A portion is alongside commercial properties and the rest touches 3 developments. Town taxes.

  6. Elizabeth Owen says: 11 comments

    Strange though it may sound, the staircase prompted me to search for any history about the house’s first owner and his wife, H.M. Chamberlaine. Actually, there’s a detailed Google book from the 1870s about both the Nicols and Chamberlaines that’s fairly interesting: https://archive.org/stream/genealogicalnot00kerrgoog/genealogicalnot00kerrgoog_djvu.txt. However, it states that the 1760 marriage was between William Nicols and Henrietta Maria Chamberlaine; not Henry Nicols, a minister, who, it appears, was William Nicols’ father. Anyway, the book provides some insight into the relationships between whom we might call the Maryland gentry of that time.

    • JimHJimH says: 5006 comments
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      Thanks, Elizabeth. Henrietta Maria Chamberlaine (1739-1777) was the daughter of Samuel Chamberlaine from Liverpool, England, the owner of a huge tobacco plantation called Plaindealing. By selling his crop directly to English merchants instead of brokers, he became the wealthiest man in the county. She married the son of Rev. Henry Nicols, William Nicols/Nichols (1730-1774) on 21 May 1760. Because they both died when their children were minors, the Galloway estate was held for the heir, eldest surviving son Henry Nichols Jr. (1764-1810). The incorrect assumption was made that Henry Jr. was the son of another Henry, which isn’t always true for colonial families.
      The Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties writeup on Galloway bemoans the 19th century alterations, which add character IMO:

  7. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1024 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Such an elegant house, its lovely bones still evident. If only we could see the kitchen!

  8. Diana Baker says: 12 comments

    I’m in love……but, really, what are the pillars for?

  9. Pookha says: 137 comments

    Not a fan of the picture filters.

    The barn is almost worth the price alone. This property would be an interesting project.

  10. BungalowGirl says: 143 comments

    I am in love. What a wonderful place! Even with the mediocre pictures, I can see so much to love here.

  11. RosewaterRosewater says: 6222 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Epic house and property! Outstanding. Really sublime. Move right in. WOW! If it was three years ago I’d bloviate all over this one. Another contender for house of the year from that part of the country. So cool. Perfect location for shooting a film of that period. A+++

    Those slave bricks are SOLID!

  12. Michelle Garvin says: 29 comments

    Wow, just wow. Amazing!

  13. Kay says: 64 comments

    Oh, if walls could really talk!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  14. Steve H says: 155 comments

    Lots of amazing high style details inside. I’m wondering if it is all original to the 1700’s. I don’t know a lot about houses from this period, but it’s my sense that many of them were updated repeatedly during the 19th century and then “restored” after 1900. Can a more knowledgeable person comment on this?

    • Mark says: 145 comments

      According to the link from JimH some of the interior components are 19th century. It wasn’t very clear, but presumably the paneling in one room and the built in cupboard filling in a former window. Otherwise, the standard upgrades…i.e. plumbing, heating, etc. I’d say the radiators are the least appealing of the additions. I can’t imaging many people thinking the bulit in cupboard is so ugly as to need to remove it, but it does look odd floating above the raised panels on the wall when that design traditionally would go to the floor. Looking at that photo, it almost looks like someone edited that cupboard into the picture. If I had a concern here, it would be the costs of restoration but primarily what might happen next to your 20 acres. Right now, there is an open field between your potential manor house and it’s neighbors Tractor Supply, Chiopotle and the other encroaching businesses. I’m not familiar with this area, but that looks like a prime target for a big box store shopping center or otherwise a new housing development.

      • Julles says: 538 comments

        Tractor Supply and Chipoltle? Throw in a library and you have hit the Trifecta. Sounds pretty good to me. On the serious side though, There aren’t that many places left like this and except for the price I would love to have this place.

      • Scott H says: 6 comments

        I live in this town, and the last five years have seen the town make repeated decisions to open up this corridor along the highway to chain restaurants and cheap hotels. Assuming the 20 acres is kept in tact, there is some buffer, but it’s decidedly NOT in an isolated area. The Nicols family once owned a large portion of the main part of town, which lies across US Rt 50. This side of the highway that contains the house is significantly less important to the town council than what resides “in town.”

  15. Bethany Otto says: 3472 comments

    The rooms that are shown look nearly original; the kitchen and bath would obviously be tell-tale about when the last renovations occured. What an incredible house. I can’t believe it has survived in such condition for so long. Amazing!

  16. dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1180 comments

    I wonder who was the last person to live in this house. I am in awe! And yes the barn alone is worth the price of this … oh my oh my oh my!

  17. BigRog says: 176 comments

    Lot’s of rehab and tlc, but home could be really beautiful.

  18. Scott H says: 6 comments

    I live in this town, and never knew it was there. Visited it today, and there is a reason for all the photo “filters.” It’s in pretty rough shape. I’m going to talk to some friends on the town council about its status – I live close by and most of the old farms in that area have been turned into chain restaurants and cheap hotels. Such a shame. I hope it’s not already zoned for development. Anyone want to loan me $700k to buy it and another $500k to fix it up??? 🙂

    • dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1180 comments

      Please keep us updated! I would love to know if this house gets the proper treatment, it is pulling on my heartstrings for some odd reason.

      • Scott H says: 6 comments

        Sure will! Did some research on the family that owns it – looks like the patriarch has probably moved to FL, the “Flower Farm” that you see on Google maps on the property is defunct. I’m guessing the heirs may be looking to unload it. The agent that has the listing has handled historic properties and worked with the Maryland Historic Trust, so there is some hope, however, the listing also says “can be subdivided…” Let’s hope not.

  19. Zoomey says: 534 comments

    Looks like it would be a wonderful project, perhaps turned into a B&B. But the land abuts a gun club, and a highway, and across the highway is an airfield. It’s surrounded by housing developments and chain restaurants and there’s a hotel on the highway. It looks picture-perfect to me, but it’s likely to be very noisy! A beautiful house like this deserves to be surrounded by farms, not tract housing and big box stores! The house, what I can see of it, looks wonderful. The radiators could go, of course, but the stairway is magnificent and the panels above the fireplaces are lovely, even if not 18th century originals. I’d love to see more of the house. It will probably be bought by a developer and the house torn down, I’m guessing. It doesn’t appear to be protected by any historic designation. So sad that it’s been developed around. A diamond in the rough, if only someone buys it who appreciates it. It might make a nice B&B if you could use insulated glass for the windows to seal out the noise from the airplanes, highway and gun club. I visited Easton many years ago, and thought it lovely. It must have changed a lot since then.

    • Scott H says: 6 comments

      I live in Easton, MD, about 1/2 mile from this house, and yes – the area farms have been sold off to chain restaurants, cheap hotels and suburban housing. If you visited more than 5 years ago, this side of the highway has changed a whole lot. The downtown area is mostly still the same, but this town doesn’t care what happens “across the road.”

      • tess says: 305 comments

        My husband told a friend in Cambridge, MD about this house. Friend is in his 80’s and used to own a commercial hot house business. Friend suggested that since MD is now licensing medical marijuana growers this might be a good business opportunity for someone. He thinks those two greenhouses and the barn would be great for that and would probably pay for the house. Times change and maybe this might be the way to preserve this beautiful house. Food for thought.

        • Scott H says: 6 comments

          Interesting thought – the town of Easton is notoriously strict – I’ll have to look into jurisdiction on that licensing, whether state or local. (Easton issued citations to a business for displaying a triangular shaped flag – only rectangles are allowed).

          • tess says: 305 comments

            Since it’s in what seems to be a commercial district and was previously a nursery business I think it would be hard for the town to ban it. Our friend said there is a group in Hebron, MD and in Pocmoke, MD (near you I believe) that are ready to start growing as soon as they find the right facility. He read about them in the local newspaper. Good luck!!

  20. EWenona says: 48 comments

    I just discovered this listing in an ad and drove by today. This is really gorgeous. The site is quiet. A few fast-growing trees would block out the view of the Hampton Inn. As someone else already said, it’s not such a bad thing to be able to walk to Panera and Chipotle and those other restaurants, if you look at the glass half-full.
    The problem is the 147 acre Mandrin Easton property abutting Galloway’s 20 acre lot:
    And it’s a bit unclear if there are some collapsed metal frame buildings, perhaps the foundations of other greenhouses.
    To Scott and anyone local, have you heard any updates since November?

  21. APRIL says: 8 comments

    I lied in an earlier post….THIS house is the most fantastic. However….the carpet. Nooo carpet!

  22. Preservation Polly says: 1 comments

    The house is beautiful. However, in back of the house is a wasteland of abandoned car parts, dangerous broken glass and industrial debris that would take a professional construction company to remove. The estimate for a full renovation that I got was in the millions. It simply must be saved however, because this is a part of American history that still stands and has much to offer someone with the care, sensitivity and money to restore it.

  23. Tara Mangini says: 1 comments

    This house definitely needs some love, but I agree, it needs to be saved! My boyfriend and I have an interior design business (Jersey Ice Cream Co) and went out to see the property last weekend and can’t stop thinking about it. The land itself needs a very serious clean up, and the barn and house serious restoration, but it’s easy to imagine this place back at it’s former glory.

    Does anyone have any updates on what the town is doing with the open lot next door? That’s definitely a huge sticking point right now. I can’t bear to give so much to this place just to see a Walmart pop up next door.

    Thanks so much!

    • Daryl Newhouse says: 18 comments

      Jersey Ice Cream Co- We have the perfect project for you at our new place in Princess Anne! Beverly has a guest apartment where you could live, and the 1940’s tenant farm house needs restoration. When I retire I want to start a lavender farm and have that be a cottage store and agri-tourism business. Ask Alison about her Dad’s new place, and see our website http://www.beverlyofsomerset.com.

  24. this old house love says: 1 comments

    I pass by this property every day on my way to work!! I always wondered what became of it? Thanks for posting. Also I LOVE LOVE LOVE this house too and would LOVE to be able to do something with it? Too bad its too far out of reach for most ordinary people (like me :)) to renovate, but perhaps HGTV to help?? They can make it into a bed and breakfast (someone mentioned that above) HGTV can raffle off the house to potential Bed & Breakfast entrepreneurs who write an essay about why they would like to be a Bed and Breakfast owner, what they would do with the surrounding property etc..
    Perhaps the land part(barn, greenhouse and farm land) can be made into a cooperative farm where small business owners (nursery, landscape, farming) can take part ownership of it?? Someone can take the farm part and have use of part of the barn (storage), someone can own the greenhouses and also have part of the barn for storage etc., The house can be bought out separately and renovated with part of the barn going to farm animals or horses for the B&B idea?? This is all just a big grand sceam big dream idea!! Any takers?? I’d love to be a part of it in some way!!

    • JullesJulles says: 538 comments
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      I was thinking the same thing. It is obvious a white knight is not going to show up after all this time. I think, like in many cities, the owner is waiting for it to collapse or burn down from vagrants so the can sell the land to developers without being hassled. Leave an acre or two around the house and barn and sell the rest to bring the house price down to something that is manageable and salable. I would rather see the house sold on a small footprint then destroyed. Think folks, this is too beautiful and historic to let it go and if someone that had wanted to restore it was going to come, than they would have already. If someone has the money to buy a home like that, they want to do it by a big named city.

  25. abevy says: 340 comments

    Pillars in the front are not tie ups for horses. They have some other purpose. Sad to hear about junk in back and the mix up with greenhouse. Still not sure who it belongs to. I didn’t think stairway was exceptional, it seems it would have been nicer. Missing a knob (or whatever) on newel post. Built in cupboards very nice.

  26. Kim T says: 5 comments

    Those first 3 pictures are from the 70’s I believe. It’s not a digital filter of “today”. We have pictures from that era and it is a finish they would put on developed pictures (film) back in the day. That’s why the house looks great, there are no half pillars those pictures (so doubt they were horses if they weren’t there in the 70’s… means they weren’t there before that) and the barn is in excellent shape. If you look at google maps you will see that the barn is no longer in that shape unfortunately. I love this home. Just wish I could afford her and restore her to prior glory.

  27. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11877 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Good news! The home is being moved to another location to save it from pending development. It’s on wheels now and will be moved shortly. I believe the owner will be updating their site with more pics, I hope. 🙂 Yay!


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