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Hammond Manor House (DELISTED)
Inventory No.: AA-171, AA-172
Other Name(s): U.S. Naval Academy Dairy Farm, Howard's Adventure
Date Listed: 10/16/1974
Location: Dairy Farm Road , Gambrills, Anne Arundel County
Category: Building
Period/Date of Construction: early 18th century
Description: The original 18th century appearance of the Hammond Manor House is unknown. In the 1970s, it was a 2-story wood frame structure with an attic and partial basement. The house was 62' x 33' and had a gable roof. The foundation walls visible in the basement were constructed of fieldstone and were 6' thick. Also visible were the original hand-hewn split ash joists. Both foundations and joists were in good condition. The exterior of the house was covered with asbestos shingles over wood siding, and the roof was covered with asbestos tiles. Wood columns supporting the porch were replaced with pipe, and the porch floor replaced with concrete. Four corbeled brick chimneys were in good condition, one on each side of the roof ridge on the interior of each end of the building. The house was five bays wide with a central second-floor projecting pavilion. Windows in the two outermost bays on each floor were 6/6 sash. The sides of the pavilion each contained a narrow 2/2-light window, one pane wide, and the front of the pavilion held a pair of 4/4 windows. Above each outermost bay was a cross gable containing a 4-light window with an arched top. The projecting pavilion also contained an arched-topped 4-light window in its gable. All three of these gables contained a sawnwork bargeboard. The building was three bays deep, and a pair of windows lit either gable end at the attic level. Wooden fire escapes at each end and a shed-roofed wing on the rear of the house were modern additions. The house burned in 1980. Also on the property is the Hammond family burial plot. The cemetery is enclosed with a 4 foot high stone wall with one iron gate on the south side. The cemetery contains eleven burial markers or tombstones. Significance: The Hammond Manor House and cemetery form an important example of an 18th century Maryland plantation still employed in its original agricultural role. It was the home and ancestral home of a number of prominent state and local political and social personages of 18th and 19th century Maryland. With the house's destruction, the historic significance of this property is in question, and the National Park Service does not list this property on its National Register website.


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