Photo credit: Michael O. Bourne , 01/1997

Property Name: Nun's Green
Date Listed: 9/20/1979
Inventory No.: WO-43
Location: Maryland Route 12 & Cherrix Road, Snow Hill, Worcester County

Description: Nun's Green consists of three sections on a north-south axis facing west: a main block, kitchen wing, and connecting hyphen. The entire structure is of frame with beaded clapboarding except the north wall of the main block which is brick laid in Flemish bond. The house sits on a brick foundation. The main block is a 1 1/2 story building plus attic, three bays wide and two rooms deep. Nine-panel doors are located in the south bay of both the front and rear facades. A gable-roofed entrance porch shelters the entrance on the west. There are two gable-roofed dormers on each slope of the roof, two windows in each gable, and a window in the peak of the south gable. All first floor windows have 12/8 sash, second floor windows (including the dormers) have 6/6 sash, and the window in the peak has a 6/4 sash. A flush chimney with a partially damaged sawtooth cap rises in the brick north end wall. This section is thirty feet square and has a full basement with a brick floor. A sheltered cellar entrance is located between the windows on the south end. The one-story kitchen wing is two bays wide and one room deep with a shed-roofed addition on the rear. The south end has a large interior end chimney, and the north end has two windows, one on each floor. The upper window provides light to a small room above the kitchen. All windows have 6/6 sash. Connecting the kitchen and main block is a one-story hyphen, two bays wide and one room deep. An old porch is located along the east side of this section. On the interior, the first floor rooms, divided into a side passage/double pile plan, retain expertly crafted period woodwork. The parlor, the largest room on the first floor, has raised paneling across the fireplace wall and a glazed cupboard fixed in the northwest corner of the parlor. A combination of plaster and raised-panel wainscoting finish the other three walls. West of the parlor is a smaller room served by a corner fireplace with neat rows of raised paneling distinguishing the overmantel and adjacent end wall. Unusual to this room is the folding three-leaf door that opens into the hyphen.

Significance: Nun's Green is a classic example of the small, 18th century, Eastern Shore plantation house. The 1 1/2-story structure, with its high gables, low eaves, and delicate dormers, connected to a kitchen wing by a hyphen, is typical of lower Shore architecture. It is, however, one of only 14 standing 18th century dwellings in Worcester County. Other dwellings in the county with a three-part form like that at Nun's Green include the Otho Aydelotte Farm (WO-38), the Mervin Selby house (WO-45), the Ryton farmhouse (WO-47), and the William Jones farmhouse (WO-73). All of these are early-19th century structures with one-story main block, hyphen, and kitchen. Nun's Green is thus the earliest of the three-part frame structures to survive in the county. The main block with dormers and brick end wall is larger and much more elegantly detailed than any of these other structures. The Georgian-style paneling has remained unaltered with stair and trim to match.




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