William Nelson Homestead
(Elisha Riggin House)

This late Federal home was built by shipbuilder Elisha Riggin c. 1836 and remains as one of the least altered telescope-style houses on the Eastern Shore. Near Crisfield, on what was once a land grant called Cork, today it stands alone down a country lane. Lingering nearby are two dozen weathered headstones, reminders of nearly two centuries of Nelson family members who lived out their lives here. The exterior is covered by early cypress weather boards and a distinctive modillioned cornice. The interior is filled with extensive wainscoting, mantles, paneling, and period doors.

The house will appeal to well-heeled history buffs ready to take on a significant restoration project. A high water table requires that the building be elevated for plumbing, septic and electrical permitting, but this is a regular undertaking in the Crisfield area. The rural setting is ideal for someone seeking tranquility in a place steeped in history.

26800 Cash Corner Rd, Crisfield, MD 21817
(outskirts of Crisfield)
Built 1836
on National Register of Historic Places

3 bedrooms 1 bathroom
1,776 square feet
9.25 acres

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Maryland Historic Trust - Inventory of Historic Properties
Nelson House S-245

Maryland Historic Trust - National Register Properties
Nelson House S-245

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