September 15, 2017

Preservation Personals: Maryland Federal Seeks Space-Loving Owner

  • By: Nick Som

Back in the early 19th century, I was the focal point of an entire town that sprung up around me. Today, I’m one of the most significant historic homes in Montgomery County, Maryland, and the ideal combination of 19th century living and 21st century amenities.

I was built around 1793 by the family of John S. Layton, the first postmaster in the northern part of the county. Since I was the only house for miles around, I was rather lonely at the beginning. But my location at the intersection of the Old Baltimore Road and the road from Washington, D.C. to Damascus and Frederick made me the perfect spot for a commercial center.

Sure enough, people soon flocked to the area and built more homes around me, and the community of Cracklintown (named for the delicious “cracklin bread” they made) was born. Eventually, the town was renamed Laytonsville after my first owner.

My three-bay Flemish bond main facade and gabled roof are indicative of my Federal style, which was popular nationwide but rarely seen in the region at the time of my construction. When you walk through the front door, you’ll be greeted by a spectacularly spacious entry hall that feels like one big “welcome home."

But that’s only the first thing you’d appreciate about me. My roomy country kitchen has two fireplaces with original wooden mantels, two sinks, butcher block counters, a gas cooking range, and direct access to a private porch. Climb up my gorgeous wooden staircase, and you’ll find four bedrooms with plenty of space for family members seeking some good old-fashioned alone time.

If you like to relax outdoors, just step out into the yard. My 1/2-acre plot of land is filled with beautiful gardens that are excellent for soaking up some sun. I even have a vintage log cabin out back!

With both Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland a short drive away, I’m the perfect blend of history, comfort, and accessibility. Learn more about me here.

Front view of the Layton House.

photo by: Gary Gestson

7000 Brink Road, Laytonsville, Maryland 20882.

Spacious entry hall of Layton House.

photo by: Gary Gestson

My entry hall is the perfect room to come back home to.

View of Layton House kitchen.

photo by: Gary Gestson

Both of my kitchen's fireplaces still have their original wooden mantels.

Nick Som is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys museums of all kinds, Philadelphia sports, and tracking down great restaurants.

nsom@savingplaces.org

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