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Sunday May 15, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
10 am to 5 pm

Special Project:  Proceeds from the Baltimore County Tour will be used to support the work of the Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County. The purpose of the Alliance is to preserve historic properties in Baltimore County through education, research, technical assistance, and policy formulation. The Alliance is dedicated to the core belief that the preservation of the past is essential for shaping the future

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ DIRECTIONS ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

BALTIMORE: From I-695, take exit 27B toward Dulaney Valley Rd./MD 146N. Travel 13.8 miles, entrance for #1 will be on your left.

WASHINGTON: Take I-95N to left exit 91B, I-695N. Once on 695, follow until exit 27B, Dulaney Valley Rd./MD 146N. Travel 13.8 miles, entrance for #1 will be on your left.

WILMINGTON/PHILADELPHIA: Take I-95S to I-695W. Take exit 27B towards Dulaney Valley Rd./MD 146N. Turn left onto Hampton Lane and then a quick right onto Dulaney Valley Rd., travel 13.8 miles and entrance to #1 will be on your left

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ LUNCH ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Boxed lunches will be available at the Monkton United Methodist Church. Cost per lunch is $12. Pre-ordering is encouraged, please contact Ruth Mascari at and place your order. Choices include chicken salad, tuna salad, turkey, and vegetarian. Home baked sweets, iced tea, lemonade, and/or coffee will be offered.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ HISTORY ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

My Lady’s Manor is a rural or agricultural area, with one village, Monkton. Monkton first developed around a water-powered grist mill and later became a station on the Northern Central Railway. The 10,000-acre manor itself was established in 1713.

That year, Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, gave 10,000 acres to his (fourth) wife Margaret, which ultimately became the My Lady’s Manor historic district (in 1978). Settlement intensified later in the 18th century, with the development of the Monkton grist mill along the Gunpowder River.

In 1773, Baltimore and Harford Counties split, with the Gunpowder River becoming the dividing line. Thus, both counties received parts of My Lady’s Manor, with the port of Joppatowne securely in Harford County and thriving until silting of the Gunpowder River and development of larger ocean-going vessels made Baltimore the region’s major port. The My Lady’s Manor land was owned by descendants of scandal-plagued Thomas Brerewood, whose son had married (secretly) the daughter of the fourth Lord Baltimore, who had inherited it in 1731 and soon after emigrated to Maryland with her husband, who developed the land grant. Maryland’s legislature confiscated the My Lady’s Manor property during the American Revolutionary War and stored gunpowder in the church building (which remained standing). In 1782 the new state of Maryland sold the adjoining lands to tenant farmers, many of whose families still remain in the area.By 1795, the parish had approximately 1600 baptized members.

Monkton Road had been a major north-south route for Native Americans, as well as through the Revolutionary War. However, construction of a road between Baltimore and York, Pennsylvania in 1803, and westward migration inhibited development in this specific area, which remained rural. Still, the nearby town of Monkton became a station on the Baltimore and Susquehanna Railroad, which later merged into the Northern Central Railway and became a division of the Pennsylvania Railroad until the line was abandoned and ultimately converted into a bicycle and walking path, the Northern Central Railroad Trail.

My Lady’s Manor was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.



MERRIEFIELD FARMS, 3420 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, 21111.      

Merriefield Farm has been in the Voss family since they arrived here in1947. The farm was named after their family home in Long Island. The houseand gardens have developed with each passing generation. As you approachthe house you are invited by arms of welcoming boxwood. The right side ofthe house is a formal garden of shade loving evergreens, hydrangeas andperennials. The left garden’s walk entices you through a natural, softwoodland garden to a gated stone wall. Inside you will find the ‘SecretGarden’. It’s walls were constructed with stones from original old wallsfrom the farm. In the wall is a lion water feature framed by two standardSyringas Meyers ‘Palibin’ and full of blooming shrubs, vines and perennials.Look out the gate and you will see the ‘Old Fashioned Garden’. There is apainting of this garden from Jessie Voss Lewis who created the garden whenshe lived here. The garden is restored to resemble an artist’s palette.Pause beside the amazing 100 year old Maclura Pomifera. Its elegancedemanded its own special garden. Continue through the rose parterre to thesunken English rose garden to enjoy their amazing fragrance mixed withlavender. You will now be pulled to the colorful cutting garden whichflanks the greenhouse. There are two greenhouses to store the potted plantsand tropical. We also start seeds and tubers for the cutting garden.Continue on through the ‘Attitude Garden’, ‘The Oasis’ and ‘The PatioGarden’, each garden has a personality of its own. The top of the barn wasconverted into a guest house and the entrance is through a white garden thatis especially enjoyable in the evening. As you enjoy the gardenssurrounding the house, also look out to the calming vistas. The serenity ofthe stream is enlivened by the bright orange bridge.For the past five years the owner and her garden designer, Taffy Litz, haverejuvenated the old gardens and created new gardens to enhance the beautyand enjoyment of the farm. Using the natural landscape, they have addedmany unusual evergreens, a variety of deciduous trees and shrubs, colorfulperennials and an array of bulbs to give the gardens four seasons ofinterest. All the gardens are created with a theme and function. Thisgives each garden a unique feel and personality.

Driving Directions to Site 2. Exit left out of the driveway onto the Jarrettsville Pike. Proceed 1.5 miles and turn left onto Houcks Mill Rd. House #2 is .3 miles on the Left.


DOVECOTE, 2801 Houcks Mill Rd., Monkton, 21111      

Dovecote is a 180 acre farm on My Lady’s Manor which dates back to the mid 1700’s when Samuel Talbie leased the land from Thomas Brerewood, the proprietor of My Lady’s Manor. The farm currently consists of crops and an equestrian facility. It is home to an active polo operation as well as a few fox hunters. The farm’s main house was built in the 1950’s and the guest house dates back to at least the late 1700’s and is one if the original homes of the Hutchins family. A restored root cellar and smoke house flank the guest house.

Driving Directions to Site 3. Turn left out of driveway onto Houcks Mill Rd. In 2 miles, tun Right at STOP sign onto Old York Rd./MD562 . Bear left at fork onto Troyer Rd./MD138E. Travel 2 miles and turn Left onto McComas Rd. In .2 miles, bear left onto Wesley Chapel Rd. Site #3 will be 0.7 miles on the left. Parking along road. 



SECOR HOUSE, 17401 Wesley Chapel Rd., Monkton, 21111      

The house at the intersection of Wesley Chapel and Blue Mount Roads is the story of turning a sowʼs ear into a silk purse. Purchased in the summer of 1989, the white vinyl sided salt box house had really nothing to recommend it except for its emense potential and its setting in the woods. White Oaks, Red Oaks, Poplars, Beech, Birch, Sassafras, native Dogwoods, and many others surrounded the home. There were no gardens to speak of. Over the coarse of nearly 27 years, this house has been lovingly transformed into a charming jewel box of a home. Gardens full of shade loving trees, bushes, plants and flowers surround the house on all sides and along the fern lined drive. Mountain Laurels, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Red Buds, Kusa Dogwoods, Mahonia, Viburnums, Hydrangeas, Hostas, Camellias, Tree Peonies, Daffodils, early Tulips, and Blue Bells are just a sampling of what can be seen.

Driving Directions to Site 4. Proceed Left out of drive - south on Wesley Chapel Rd.. In 0.8 miles, turn left onto Gerting Rd.. IN 1.1 miles, at STOP, turn Right onto Sheppard Rd./M-138W. Site #4 will be in 0.3 miles on the Right. 


BREREWOOD, 2300 Sheppard Rd., Monkton, 21111    

It is believed that Brerewood is on the site retained by Thomas Brerewood, the father-in-law of Charlotte Brerewood who inherited what is now My Lady’s Manor. Charlotte deeded the 10,000 acres to her father-in-law who operated it in true manor style, leasing out almost all of the acreage for farms, churches, mills, stores, and the town of Monkton, then called Charlottetown. He retained about one hundred and eighty acres on which the house is located for his own use.

Driving Directions to Site 5. Turn Right out of drive onto Sheppard Rd., go straight at STOP sign onto Monkton Rd. Site #5 will be just up hill on Right. LUNCH is here. 


MONKTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 1939 Monkton R., Monkton, 21111.           

Land for Monkton United Methodist Church (1870) was selected on an “eminence” overlooking the village and surrounding countryside as a need for a Methodist church emerged. Constructed by Townsend Co. of Warren, the church’s red clay bricks were fired locally and hauled by wagon up the hill. The spire echoes with the sound of the original Regester Company bell weighing 250 pounds. Twelve colored glass windows light the original sanctuary – a nineteenth century space authentically furnished with oak pews, altar rail, lectern, communion table and pastors’ chairs. Overlooking it all is the rosette window unique in the north county. The configuration of central altar and two side aisles bespeaks traditional protestant arrangement of the time period.

The adjoining cemetery is an excellent example of fin de siècle burying ground with traditional grave markers, naming families well recognized in the County.

Driving Directions to Site 6. Turn right out of Church drive., Garfield Ave. is 0.1 miles on the Left. Site #6 will be on the right, parking in field.


STONE HAVEN FARM, 10514 Garfield Ave., Monkton, 21111           

Perched on the hillside overlooking the Gun Powder River,> Stone Haven Farm is believed by some historians to be the original home of Thomas Brerewood. He was the recipient of the 10,000 acre tract of land known as My Lady’s Manor. The “modest” stone house was enlarged in 1877, and again in 1972. Three working fireplaces have been restored while period furniture and artwork grace the historic portion of the house. In 2006, the current owners renovated the kitchen and integrated the original stone smokehouse, successfully merging history with modern convenience. The owners Irish heritage is reflected throughout the home through the furnishings and paintings acquired on their many trips back to Ireland.      

Driving Directions to Site 7. Turn Left onto Monkton Rd, travel approx. 500 feet to parking area on Right hand side of road. Park car and walk to Site #7. Please take caution crossing road.


RUTHER HOUSE, 1915 Monkton Rd, Monkton, 21111   

The Ruther House is a two story brick house of mid-19th century origin. It is seven bays in length, one room deep, with a two bay, two story brick wing extending to the rear. The five westerly bays of the house comprise a typical five bay house scheme,  which include a door and a window, are said to be related to a shop, a not- unexpected scheme for this house in the heart of the village. Brickwork appears continuous and contemporaneous: the continuous roof structure appears to confirm that the entire structure was built at the same time. It is believed that the house was built by Samuel Miller, who also built the Monkton Hotel, sometime between 1850 an 1859, when the property was purchased by Thomas Koffman, a saddle and harness maker. The cozy kitchen bears a worn sign above a buffet sitting against an original brick wall that announces, “Saddlery: Harness Made or Repaired”. Notches in the brick on opposite walls hark back to a time when a hefty wooden rail would have had saddles splayed over it. The owners moved to Monkton in 2007 and have worked very hard to maintain the traditional character of this exceptional historic house. 


Driving Directions to Site 8. From Parking area, turn Right onto Monkton Rd., cross over the Gunpowder River and in 0.1 mile, turn Left onto Old Monkton Rd. Site #8 will be on the right.


BRIDGE HOUSE, 1741 Old Monkton Rd, Monkton, 21111           

The Bridge House was the home of William Gwynn; he settled on the Manor shortly after the Revolutionary War. There was a mill on the property though it has long since disappeared. Both the mill and the rubble-stone house appear on the 1798 direct tax roll. Renovations by the current owners have revealed original random width pine floors and a closed fireplace in the kitchen. The crown mouldings, chair railings and fully raised panel doors with H&L hinges and six working fireplaces exhibit typical 18th century architecture of the area. Displayed in the kitchen is a date stone, marked 1764, an 1834 auction notice from the Baltimore Gazette referencing the property, and an 1877 date marker from the Monkton bridge. Situated on the Gunpowder Falls, the Bridge House is connected by a stone wall with a large stone smokehouse. Among other outbuildings are the original “necessary,” and a hand dug well of stone, now I closed in the well house.Owners are Mr. and Mrs. Frank H Durkee, III      

To return to Baltimore/Washington/Point North: Return to Monkton Rd., turn left and follow 2.8 miles to Stop light/York Rd./MD45N. Turn right and in 0.1 mi., turn Left onto MD 137W/Mt. Carmel Rd. Entrance to I-83 South is 0.6 miles on the Left. Take I-83 South to I-695. 


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