Howard Magazine - Page 30 - 8 Historic Homes You Can Visit

Howard Magazine
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8 Historic Homes You Can Visit

by john-john WilliaMs iv Howard Magazine
Photos by KiM hairston


Howard County is filled with a slew of planned communities and over-the-top McMansions. But it’s also home to a number of historic houses— some of which you can tour or rent.


Here are eight worth checking out:


Belmont Manor


Built in 1738, this 83-acre manor house used to be a slave plantation and remained a private home until 1962. Now, it’s home to picturesque gardens, ponds, sloping landscapes and the site of elaborate weddings and other events. The home is believed to be one of the oldest Colonial buildings remaining in Howard County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Purchased by the county in June 2013, the property is now run by Howard County Recreation & Parks.


The public has a number of opportunities to visit, including free summer movie nights held in the formal garden behind the manor; ghost tours, which range from $15 to $25; winter afternoon teas, which range from $35 to $40; and free open houses. The next open house is scheduled for Aug. 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


6555 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge. 410-313- 0200.


Brumbaugh House


The former home and office of Dr. Bruce Brumbaugh, a doctor believed to have delivered close to 5,000 children during his 60-year career in Elkridge, now houses the Elkridge Heritage Society’s headquarters. The two-story, 2,000-square-foot Victorian style home was originally built in 1870 and had two additions, including a sun room and master bathroom in 1930. Now the home is amid a $35,000 renovation, which is expected to be completed by the fall, according to Dave Grabowski, president of the society.


“He was the village doctor,” Grabowski says. “He delivered my seven younger siblings.”


Brumbaugh originally came to Elkridge in 1917 to assist another doctor who suffered a stroke. He never left and retired in 1981, according to Grabowski.


Once renovations to the home are complete, the society will offer free weekly tours, which include Brumbaugh’s preserved medical office.


5825 Main St., Elkridge. 443-865-9674.