Visited this site during the week late in the day around 4:00PM and caught the last tour through the house that was built in the late 1700's. The docent was excellent. She started by introducing us to the family through the family pictures in the great room where we started our tour. Then as we proceeded through the rooms we learned more about each of the family members whose faces we had seen. By the end of the tour we felt that we knew the family and the generations that had lived in the house.
Each room is so beautifully decorated in the period with much of the furniture and artifacts original to the house. This house is indeed a national treasure that is run by the park service with free admission to the buildings and grounds. Allow enough time to see the entire property. We got there late so were only able to see the house. There is also a farm area down the hill with additional out buildings worth a visit. And check out the ice cellar outside the front of the house so the family could have ice cream and chilled drinks throughout the hot Maryland summer. There is a huge Lebanon cedar tree with a massive trunk just behind the house that was grown from a small cutting that one of the family members brought back from a trip to the middle east in the 1800's. It is also fun to walk around the house to see it's symmetry with both the front and rear entrances the same. Hard to imagine that it was constructed in the late 1700s it is so well preserved. Definitely intend to go back to this site on the next trip to Baltimore to spend more time.
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