May 22, 2017

Preservation Personals: Maryland Farmhouse Seeks Nostalgic Owners

  • By: Jared Foretek

Dating all the way back to 1880, I'm formerly the domain of men with names like Cornelius, Wentz, and Conrad—19th-century Maryland gentry. Names have changed since then (where have all the Allistairs gone?), but I’ve only gotten better with age.

On 10 hillside acres just south of the Pennsylvania border, my stone farmhouse and cottage have been restored and upgraded, maintaining my historic charm while tricking me out with a new roof, convection oven, custom-made cabinetry, and more. Though if you want to, you can still whip up a period meal out back with my original log bake oven and smokehouse, complete with the iron hooks in the ceiling. (Bread: they don’t make that like they used to either.)

Nostalgia aside, things are pretty great here as is. My repaired and replaced wood flooring has given me a new lease on life, and the repointed chimneys are just the kinds of details that let visitors know they’re in the presence of history while keeping things in ship shape. The exposed brick in the family room creates a refined coziness, the kitchen has all new appliances, and the master bedroom features its own bathroom, dressing room, and closet.

Outside are the spring-fed pond, gardens, and outbuildings such as a barn that you can use for, well, whatever you want! The surrounding woods offer privacy, quiet, and adventure.

Plus, if you need to more fully immerse yourself in the 21st century—overrated as it is—I’m less than an hour from Baltimore. Most of the time, though, you’ll be more than content to stay right here.

Maryland Farmhouse exterior

photo by: Gary Gestson

Manchester, Maryland 21102.

Maryland Farmhouse living room

photo by: Gary Gestson

The family room has beautiful Australian cypress flooring.

Maryland farmhouse kitchen

photo by: Gary Gestson

The chestnut Shaker cabinets in my kitchen have all been refinished.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.

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