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Photo credit: Michael O. Bourne, 03/1968
Inventory No.: D-6
Other Name(s): Turpin Place, Lee Mansion
Date Listed: 11/9/1972
Location: 5850 Puckum Road, Eldorado, Dorchester County
Category: Building
Period/Date of Construction: c. 1783-1790
Description: Rehoboth is a 2 1/2-story Flemish bond brick house, three bays wide and three deep. The house stands on a high foundation, on each elevation of which is a double-molded watertable and at the ground level, large cellar windows. The walls of the house vary in thickness from 18" to 24". The belt is a two-brick course. The principal facade, facing southwest towards Marshyhope Creek, has an entrance in the southeast bay covered by a one-story, one-bay pedimented porch supported by fluted Doric columns. Windows of 12/12 sash are, on the first floor, surmounted plaster lintels, simulating stone masonry. The northeast facade is similar, but without the plaster lintels. A modillion cornice ornaments each of these facades, and on either side are two pedimented 12/12 sash dormer windows. The gable ends feature two round four-light windows in each attic gable. On the southeast gable end, a French door appears in the southwest bay. This doorway and all the windows on the first and second stories of the gable ends, as well as the cellar, are surmounted by segmental brick arches. A chimney rises flush with the northwest gable end, and a 1 1/2-story frame kitchen wing is attached to the northeast bay. The interior of the house was gutted by fire in October 1916. On February 27, 1917, Francis W. Breuil (1870-1944) purchased the walls and 70 acres of land. The original exterior walls were intact with the exception of the south gable. The house was rebuilt exactly as it was except for the circular staircase which went from the hall to the third floor. Significance: The association of Rehoboth with Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, each a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, as well as the interstate relationship between the Lees of Virginia and the Lees of Maryland, brings this house into significant historical focus. Descending through the family of the second elected Governor of Maryland, Thomas Sim Lee, adds to its historical value. The house is also significant for its architecture.


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