Michael H. Day
Colona Road, Cedar Hall, Worcester County
Two stories plus an attic, Beverly a Georgian-style Flemish bond brick house, five bays wide by three deep. The west side, facing the Pocomoke River, has a central door surmounted by a small, heavy fanlight with a gauged brick arch. Directly above the door is a narrow Palladian-style window with narrow shutters. On both the first and second stories of each remaining bay is a 12/12 window. The first story windows have five-panel shutters while those on the second have louvered shutters. The flat arches above the windows are of gauged brick. Encircling the house between the first and second stories is a three-course belt of rubbed brick. Along the roof is a heavy modillion cornice with a dentil frieze. The house sits on a brick foundation laid in Flemish bond and has a molded brick watertable. The steps leading to the door have wrought iron railings and a delicate, wrought iron arch. Covering the three center bays of the east facade is a two-story, pedimented portico. There are plain, square corner columns while the two center ones are fluted Greek Ionic columns. The cornice treatment on the pediment is identical to that on the house. The north end has a 9/9 light window in each of the three bays on the first and second stories. One 4/4 light window is centered in the gable. There is an inside gable end chimney on both the north and south ends. The south end has a single 9/9 light window on the first and second stories of the west bay. In the gable are three 4/4 light windows. Extending from the center and east bays is a one-story hyphen of beaded clapboard connected to a two-story plus attic wing. The wing adjoining Beverly on the south is two bays wide by two deep. On the south end there is a door in the east bay and a narrow, 9/6 light window in the west bay. The two bays on the second floor each have a 9/6 light window. In the gable, flanking the inside end chimney are two 4/2 sash windows. This wing is covered with beaded clapboard. Beverly has six rooms on its first floor. In the center are two separate halls. The exterior door in the east facade opens into one hall and the door in the river facade opens into the other, which is the stair hall.
The size and elegance of Beverly on the Pocomoke in Worcester County, a Georgian mansion of 1770s date, reflects the prominent position held in the county by its builders, Littleton Dennis and his wife, Susanna Upshur Dennis. It is larger than the average house of the period in this county and it is more formal, exhibiting a local adaptation of the high style of the time. The original paneling and woodwork, which shows characteristics of both the early and late Georgian periods as well as a few Federal touches, is still retained in the house. An ice house, uncommon by its circular shape, survives to the northwest. It is original to the house.