Howard Magazine - Page 31 - 8 Historic Homes You Can Visit (2)

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8 Historic Homes You Can Visit (2)

Burleigh Manor


Built in 1802 by by Col. Rezin Hammond for his grandnephew, the Federal-style manor house now operates as an animal sanctuary and eco-retreat. The family of Hammond, who was active in Revolutionary War politics in Annapolis, owned the property for 125 years.


The home, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, is surrounded by the original stone smokehouse and gatehouse, a 1940s bathhouse, a wine cellar and a cemetery where the second generation of Hammonds are buried. The 5,000-square-foot home features Flemish bond brickwork.


Other than the addition of electricity and a modern kitchen, the home has largely remained true to its origins, according to Larry Cheskin, who owns the property with his wife, Lisa Davis, who is president of Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary, which is home to 40 animals. The couple purchased the property nine years ago.


Occasional tours are available, though none are currently scheduled. The animal sanctuary is available to visit for a donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children.


3950 White Rose Way, Ellicott City.


Carrollton Hall


Built in 1832 as the summer estate by Founding Father Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the home is amid a $3.5 million renovation expected to be completed in the fall, according to Joe Hamilton, director of mission advancement for the Franciscan Friars Conventual, Our Lady of the Angel Province, which has owned the property since 1928.


The home was also owned and occupied by former Baltimore Sun publisher Van-Lear Black from 1910 to 1924. During that time, he entertained his friend, President Warren G. Harding. In fact, to celebrate the Washington Naval Conference, which was the first time that major naval powers agreed to an arms reduction, world leaders gathered at the property.


The 13,000-square-foot Greek revival/neoclassical home on 236 acres will eventually host meetings and offer free historic tours, according to Hamilton.


12280 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City. 410- 531-1400.


Elkridge Furnace Inn


Now home to a fine-dining restaurant specializing in New American cuisine on a 13-acre swath in eastern Howard County, the structure was originally a tavern with an elegant family home that was later attached. James and Andrew Ellicott, Jr. modernized the property around 1800 (it was originally built in 1744).


The three-floor building— situated on