Howard Magazine - Page 32 - 8 Historic Homes You Can Visit (3)

Howard Magazine
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8 Historic Homes You Can Visit (3)

13-acres of land that is part of the Patapsco Valley State Park System —features a mix of transitional Federal/Greek revival detailing throughout, including double leaf doors. Surrounded by linden, holly, and magnolia trees, the building, which features a third floor luné window, also offers views of the Patapsco River.


The building is now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Civil War Trails and the National Washington-Rochambeau Trail. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources acquired the property from the Department of Transportation in 1988. In 1992, Donna Wecker, her husband Dan, and other family members put in a bid to open a restaurant/catering business, and The Elkridge Furnace Inn was born. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday.


5745 Furnace Ave., Elkridge. 410-379-9336.


Glenelg Manor


Built in 1740 and named Howard’s Resolution, the Manor House now operates as Glenelg Country School classrooms for the lower grades and as a rental facility for formal events. In 1854, the structure was remodeled to resemble a Scottish castle. Coincidently, the school is named after town in Scotland. In 1963, after remaining empty for years, the building along with 50 surrounding acres was purchased by the founders of the growing Glenelg Country School. The 5,000-square-foot building— now sitting atop 90-acres— is a selling point for the school, according to Greg Ventre, head of school. “It was the first thing I saw on the campus,” he recalls. “It’s a gem.” Ventre, who is a historian by academic training, touts the uniqueness of the structure because of its size and architectural features.


“These fireplaces are unique because of the Italian marble. The romantic sweeping staircase in the middle [of the building] as well as many of the parts of the manor house are from the 18th century,” he says. “They are part of the attraction.”


The school does not provide public tours, but private tours are available upon request, according to school officials.


12793 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City. 410- 531-8600.


Historic Oakland


Originally surveyed by John Dorsey in 1688, the 1,100-acre swath of land was known as Felicity and was part of Upper Anne Arunright