11923 Somerset Avenue, Princess Anne, MD 21853 (in historic Princess Anne)
Built 1750 & 1835
5 bedrooms 2-1/2 bathrooms
4,743 square feet 1.89 acres
This jewel built early in our nation's history is located in the historic town of Princess Anne. The home is perfectly positioned on 1.89 acres of formal gardens, lush lawn and mature trees. The 1750 wing, built by Noah and Elizabeth Rider, was one room with sleeping quarters above. This room still has the original cooking fireplace. It is paneled in wide plank boards cut from 'The Kings Trees' on the property.
In 1835 John Steward purchased for $200 a parcel of land “beginning on the county road (Bridge Street, now Somerset Avenue) leading from Princess Anne to the Poor House”. There he financed the construction of a fine late Federal dwelling in three parts. Its “telescope” design, common on the Eastern Shore, was usually the result of staged additions, but in this case all three parts were built simultaneously. The Stewart family lived in the home until 1947.
The 2-story 4-room main block is finished with Federal and Greek Revival woodwork, including an elaborate pedimented entrance and a front cornice finished with modillion blocks. A delicate Federal period stair rises in four flights to the third floor, while the parlor and dining room are fitted with a Greek Revival mantle. The middle room and old kitchen are sheathed in wide pine paneling and the large cooking hearth survives in the kitchen.
The front entrance overlooks a circle of plantings of ancient boxwood. The pedimented double doors are topped with a delicate and beautiful fan light. Rooms a large and light with high ceilings. Formal rooms and bedrooms have hand polished wide pine floors. The dining room, parlor and office on first floor all have fireplaces. A step down from the entrance hall and you are in the Pub Room, or breakfast area and the galley kitchen. Also on this level is the original cooking fireplace. The open stair case in the entrance hall winds to a second level hall and then to the attic. The second level offers four bedrooms, three with fireplaces. All have polished wide pine floors. A recent addition offers spa room with a hot tub, a guest bedroom, full bath and laundry area.
This home has been updated with modern systems for today's lifestyle. Many of the furnishings convey with the sale.
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