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Photo credit: Donna Ware, 05/2002
Hancock's Resolution
Inventory No.: AA-129,
Date Listed: 10/10/1975
Location: 2795 Bayside Beach Road , , Bayside Beach/Pasadena, , Anne Arundel County
Category: Structure
Period/Date of Construction: 1785
Architect/Builder: Builder: Stephen Hancock, Jr.
Description: Hancock's Resolution is a two-story gambrel-roofed stone house with shed-roofed dormers and interior end chimneys. The original stone section of the building was constructed in 1785 by Stephen Hancock, Jr. The roughly coursed sandstone walls are decorated above a projecting watertable with galleting--small chips of stone which are inserted into the mortar joints. A 1 1/2-story board-and-batten kitchen wing was built in 1855, and connected to the main block by a c. 1900 frame hyphen. The east elevation of the stone house is three bays wide, with an off-center door. The first story of this facade is now covered by a shed-roofed porch. The existing 6/6 sash appears to be of late-18th century date. The two shed-roofed dormers on either side of the gambrel roof hold 4/4 sash windows. The south elevation is capped by a central flush brick chimney slightly below the ridge line, and has a small square 4-light casement window in the second story, lighting the interior stairway, and a partially below-grade door to the cellar. The west elevation has an off-center door with a 6/6 sash window to the right. The simple one-room wing is covered with wooden shingles over the original board-and-batten siding. The wing has a door and a 6/6 sash window on the east and west elevations. The four foot wide connecting hyphen has a window in each elevation, as does the shed door addition to the north in the west wall, with doors in the north and west walls. The interior of the first-floor room is finished with plaster walls and Federal-period trim. Stone and frame outbuildings remain, including a one-story gable-roofed stone dairy, also displaying galleting, located immediately northwest of the house. A cemetery bearing Hancock family gravestones also lies on the property. The house was being restored at the time of nomination in the 1970s. Hancock's Resolution underwent a thorough restoration in 2000 and is now open to the public. Significance: Hancock's Resolution is architecturally significant as one of the few existing 18th century stone dwellings in Anne Arundel County. After establishing the farmstead as a tobacco plantation in the 18th century, the Hancock family switched to truck farming, growing fruit and vegetables, in the 19th century. Its location near the water, less than 10 miles from Baltimore, provided convenient shipping of tobacco and other agricultural and marine products to Tidewater Maryland.
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