18th/19th Century – Havre de Grace, MD – Curatorship

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Added to OHD on 9/21/17 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 5 Comments

Price

Beds

3

Baths

2

SqFt

2700

Acres

9

The Stephenson House is a beautiful example of a late 18th/early 19th century dwelling which retains a great deal of its historic detailing; including gorgeous wood floors, original trim, four fireplaces with decorative mantels and a large cooking hearth. The house contains a kitchen, dining room, family room and parlor on the first floor, three bedrooms and two baths on the second floor, and an additional two rooms in the finished section of the attic.

The property encompasses ~9 acres of the surrounding land which includes a 19th century smoke house (converted to a chicken house) as well as a 19th century laundry or quarter. There is also a substantial corn crib located on the property but it is, unfortunately, in poor condition. The property is in close proximity to the park trail system and all the amenities Susquehanna State Park has to offer.

The department is looking for a partner to restore the house within a 5-7 year period. Families, non-profits, and commercial entities are welcome to apply as long as their vision for the property is in keeping with preservation standards and the mission of the Department of Natural Resources. Tours of the property are available by appointment only or at scheduled open houses. Please call 410-260-8457 for additional information.
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5 Comments on 18th/19th Century – Havre de Grace, MD – Curatorship

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  1. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8904 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to Peter for contacting me about this property. If you are interested, read this FAQ’s PDF first! It answers some of your questions you may have about how this program works. Please direct questions to the MDNR.

    http://dnr.maryland.gov/land/Documents/Stewardship/Stephenson_RFP-2017.pdf

  2. JullesJulles says: 533 comments

    If I had a young family, knowing what I know now, I would jump on this. Now 10 years from retirement, it doesn’t make sense. With this house and land, you could make a working farm and living history museum, you could hold fairs here, you could have a diner/gift shop for park hikers or you could even have a bed and breakfast. There are so many great ways to go. The biggest regret my husband and I have after 35 years of marriage is not doing things like this when we were young. So if you are a young couple and like the idea, just do it!

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    • Joseph says: 282 comments

      It does sound like an interesting idea (and we have some of these setups in Massachusetts, like these, usually on or adjacent to conserved lands). One drawback to the “do it while young” idea is the financial commitment, and the fact that “life happens” and a family change/career move can require you to walk away from a substantial investment.

      While the two properties in this program are interesting, I think you could find a similar property that you could then own outright.

  3. Joseph Griffin says: 22 comments

    Enchanting interior.

  4. StevenF says: 509 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    I’ve never seen a wallpapered fireplace surround; that’s a first for me.

    2

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