11021 Old Princess Anne Road, Princess Anne, MD 21853 (outskirts of Princess Anne)
Built c 1804
on National Register of Historic Places
4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms
3,454 sqft 5.94 acres
Catalpa Farm, an historic home and farm complex located on the outskirts of Princess Anne, is one of Somerset County's historical gems. It was erected by Zadock Long, who, in addition to being a large landowner, owned the Washington Inn in 1797. The two-story center hall passage farmhouse with a hyphenated service wing was developed in stages, beginning around 1825-1840 with a two-story side passage/parlor dwelling. Attached to the back of the main block was a single-story hyphen or colonade which joined the two-story kitchen. The resulting stepped profile of the house was a common feature of regional southern Maryland architecture until the early twentieth century.
The exterior finishes have remained well preserved with most of the beaded weatherboarding, windows, shutters, and shutter dogs intact. Likewise, the "interior survives with large percentages of the late Federal mantels, doors, chair rail, stairs, and cornice intact" (from Nat'l. Register Nomination).
Catalpa Farm is most notable for its outbuildings which include an early nineteenth-century dairy and smoke house, a late nineteenth-century three-seat privy, and a mid nineteenth century corn crib. It has one of only five known standing tobacco houses on the lower Eastern Shore.