Paula Stoner Dickey
2550, Paradise Drive, Hagerstown, Washington County
Paradise Manor is a two-story, six bay brick structure painted white with black trim, facing south. Its two easternmost bays are recessed in a double porch which is included under the main roof span. The walls rest on low fieldstone foundations. The western four bays of the front elevation display Flemish bond brickwork while in other areas American or common bond is used. Decorative masonry work includes flat arches above the window and door openings. Windows and doors appear to be aligned with each other in the walls. All sash are held within narrow frames. Those at the first story level have 9/6 pane windows, while those on the second story, set well below the roof plate, hold 6/6 sash. Most lower story windows are flanked with pairs of three-panel shutters while louvered shutters are used above. The main entrance is located in the second bay from the west end of the front elevation. Above the six-panel door is a transom. The entrance is sheltered by a modern one-bay porch. Other doors are located in the second bay from the east end of the house at the first and second story levels of the double porch and in the rear or north elevation. The roof of the house is covered with sheet metal and extends beyond the end walls. Large brick chimneys are located inside the west end wall and west of the interior brick wall which crosses the house at the point where the recessed area begins. A third chimney, smaller in size, is located inside the east end wall. Immediately northeast of the house is a one-story board and batten out kitchen. North of the house and not at present included in the same property is a large bank barn.
This house and its outbuildings and barn are significant for their architecture as a 19th century farm group. The complex is also important as part of the "Long Meadows" and "Long Meadows Enlarged" tracts, part of an early and very large plantation in Washington County which was owned by a series of prominent people. The exact construction date for the house is not known. Interior and exterior woodwork and construction detail suggest that it may have been built during the second quarter of the 19th century. Houses with recessed double porches along part of the front elevation form a major architectural group among 19th century buildings in Washington County.