Past Projects

 Guarding Somerset's heritage cannot remain the concern of a few individuals; it must become a concern of everyone because the past belongs to us all.  



The Waddy House, c1756

The Waddy House, also known as the Williamson farm or the Jarvis Ballard house, is one of a small collection of mid-18th century brick houses surviving in Somerset County, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

This group of early houses represent the most expensive dwellings erected at the time and exhibit finely executed Flemish bond walls, glazed checker board pattern brickwork, and finely crafted interior paneling. Compared to the other eight houses in this group, the Waddy House is the least altered, and exhibits the fine glazed header Flemish bond wall construction and an alternating glazed brick segmental arch pattern found at the grand properties of "Almodington" and "Arlington." 

The four-room first floor interior retains a significant portion of its mid-18th century woodwork with a turned baluster stair and a raised-panel overmantel in the parlor. 

When the house was scheduled for demolition in 2018, the Trust was able to save it by moving it to a nearby property. 

moved to Perryhawkin Road, Princess Anne MD

Delmarva Now article - How do you move a historic Somerset house down the road?

Maryland Historic Trust - National Register Waddy House S-87

Project Timeline


  • Survey of historic sites with Orlando Rideout
  • Beginning of Somerset County Historical Trust, with oversight of funding for dozens of historical restoration projects


  • Beginning of hundreds of structures and district nominations for National Register with Paul Touart
  • Annual bus tours to historic sites & museums


  • Stabilization of Rehobeth Episcopal Church ruins
  • Host of Smithsonian Tour to the Eastern Shore
  • 12 properties submitted to National Register
  • Published booklet ‘Somerset Images’


  • Began annual educational lectures “Evenings At”


  • Host of Smithsonian Tour to the Eastern Shore (1987)
  • Historic churches nominations


  • Dendrochronology lecture
  • Acquisition of Dorman’s Conclusion
  • First annual Antiques Show 1988-1993
  • Onset of annual fundraising Trust galas


  • Production and publication by Trust of Somerset: An Architectural History by Paul Touart
  • Two architectural history awards
  • Managed grant for Fairmount Academy Association’s restoration of property


  • Hosted Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage
  • St. James Methodist Church restoration


  • Thomas Brittingham House restoration


  • Eastern Shore Archeological Survey


  • Littleton Long House restoration


  • Ward Brothers Homeplace
  • Gov. J. Millard Tawes Homeplace
  • Received grant and opened Somerset Choice Station antiques consignment shop


  • Hosted Vernacular Architectural Forum
  • Crisfield Masonic Temple restoration


  • Samuel Chase markers


  • Architectural project at Thornton site


  • Cottman-Pinkett House restoration


  • Began partnership with Princess Anne Main Street


  • 1812 Commemoration driving tours and brochures
  • St. Mark’s Church
  • Disaster Relief Grant Program
  • Maryland Threatened Sites Surveys I and II


  • Waddy House saved

Cottman-Pinkett House, c1885

The Cottman-Pinkett House is an historic property restored and rehabilitated by the Somerset County Historical Trust with the help and support of the Maryland Historical Trust and several other organizations. 

Directly west of the Littleton Long House, it is a two-story, three-bay frame house built for Isaac and Priscilla Cottman around 1884-85, just two decades after the Civil War. They were able to secure a loan of $150 that enabled them to have a dwelling of their own.

Later the house was owned by the Pinketts, whose relatives still live in the area and one of their descendants the well-known celebrity Jada Pinkett Smith.

The Trust began restoration in 2006. They removed the exterior siding that had been added, uncovering the second front door. Every effort was made to restore the original fabric of the house, including the back-turned stair and much of the woodwork in the kitchen.  The cabinets were designed and built by Woody Howard, a Somerset County craftsman.

The property was subsequently rented until 2019, when it was sold to a private buyer.

original location on Beckford Street, Princess Anne MD

Littleton Long House, c1830

The multi-phase restoration of the Littleton Long house in Princess Anne was an intensive project that saved this important Federal/ Greek Revival dwelling from potential demolition, and now it is a showcase of architectural restoration.

The property was purchased by the Trust in 1995 and moved in 1997 from its original location on Somerset Avenue one block onto Church Street.  Extensive restoration was done, and in 2004 was sold to a private owner who continued with interior & exterior restoration, including addition of a third back section and historic landscaping including a formal parterre, extensive herb, perennial and vegetable gardens and a woodland border. 

The house is of Federal/Greek Revival design from 1830, and one of the many gable-end style homes to be found in Princess Anne inspired by the Teackle Mansion. It features a transverse hall - fashionable on the Lower Eastern Shore - double parlors, restored faux-painted tiger maple and mahogany wood-grained doors and stairs, historic wallpapers, and reconstructed period hearth kitchen.

Maryland Historic Trust - National Register Littleton Long House S-24

relocated from original location on Somerset Ave 
to Church Street, Princess Anne MD

Brittingham House, c1817

The Thomas Brittingham House was purchased by the Trust in 1994, and restored and sold to private buyers.  It is located in the historic area of Princess Anne, MD.

original location on Beechwood Street, Princess Anne MD

Maryland Historical Trust - Architectural Survey File Brittingham House S-8

The Teackle Mansion, c1802

The Teackle Mansion is the 200-year old former residence of Littleton Dennis Teackle and Elizabeth Upshur Teackle. 

The house exceeded, in many ways, most private residences of its day; only the wealthiest Eastern Shore gentry of the early nineteenth century could afford to build on such a scale. The Teackles lovingly called the property "Teackletonia."

Construction began in the spring of 1802 and continued over a 17-year period. The five part home was finally finished in 1819. The Neo-Classical-inspired center section of the dwelling sits on an elevated foundation and showcases an intricately detailed front with a strictly symmetrical, temple-form facade. Decorative molded plaster tablets and carefully executed, hand-carved woodwork enhance the Flemish bond exterior. The symmetry of the exterior continues in the interior, most noticeably in the entrance hall and formal drawing room, with mirrored false windows and matching non-functioning doors for appearance only.

​A large master chamber suite includes individual dressing rooms on either side of a marble bath intended for full body bathing, a rare luxury relatively unknown in earth 19th century America.

original location on Mansion Street, Princess Anne MD

photo:  By Leonard J. DeFrancisci, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Somerset County Historical Society

Maryland Historic Trust - Inventory of Historic Properties Teackle Mansion S-10

Maryland Historic Trust - National Register Teackle Mansion S-10

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