April 27, 2018

Preservation Personals: A Folk-Victorian Home in Historic 'Cecil Mill' Country

  • By: Mikayla Raymond

I was built around the turn of the 20th century in Great Mills, Maryland, in St. Mary’s County. I’m a beautiful Victorian-era home built in the folk tradition with many of my period details intact. I’m also a contributing building to the Cecil Mill National Register Historic District and known as the Cecil Home. From my front porch, you have a view of the Cecil Country Store and the old Cecil Mill itself! The mill made this part of St Mary’s County an economic and cultural center, and the unique rural flavor of the district is remarkably intact.

I’m two-and-a-half stories organized into a L-shaped plan due to two later additions to my rear. My clapboard siding and gable roof with asphalt shingles recall my history as the local inn and home of the Cecil family.

My impressive entry is covered in amazing wood details, ushering guests into my cozy, open living spaces. I am 3,000 square feet, and include five bedrooms—including a guest or “in-law” suite. Regardless of who you decide to invite to stay with you, these accommodations really are sweet. I feature a large gourmet kitchen with a gorgeous copper tile backsplash and my original cast iron cooking stove. If you are a fan of antique details, you’ll love the wood-burning stove in the sunroom, which is guaranteed to keep you toasty while you overlook the surrounding fields and woods throughout the seasons.

I’m on two acres, but the adjacent 80 acres historically associated with the property are also for sale, meaning you could be the very proud owner of not just a gorgeous home, but a 21st-century American country seat.

Learn more about me here.

My charming Victorian-inspired exterior.

photo by: Gary Gestson

Great Mills, MD, 20634.

If historic stoves are your think, you are in luck!

photo by: Gary Gestson

My kitchen, complete with my original cast-iron cooking stove.

My patio offers views of the charming, large backyard.

photo by: Gary Gestson

You'll have no problem enjoying my sunroom in winter thanks to my wood-burning stove.

Mikayla Raymond is a proud preservationist and editorial intern at the National Trust. She lives for public parks, weird art, and women’s history.


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