Former dairy farm in Monkton to be preserved by new owners 172-acre Hanlon estate purchased for $1.4 million

November 24, 1998|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

The purchasers of a prized parcel of land in the My Lady's Manor area of Monkton plan to preserve much of the 172-acre former dairy farm, which sold at auction for more than $1.4 million Saturday.

George Bunting Jr., a Maryland businessman, and Robert A. Kinsley, a Pennsylvania contractor, bought the property, which had been in the Hanlon family since World War II and which had not been a working farm since the 1950s.

The Hanlon estate was one of the largest pieces of property to be put on the market in years in the scenic area, which is known for estates, horse farms and fox hunts.

Albert J. A. Young, a lawyer for Bunting and Kinsley, said the men were identified as possible buyers by the Manor Conservancy, a charitable land trust group that encourages land conservation in Harford and Baltimore counties.

"We are now exploring various programs to conserve the land," said Young, a member of the Manor Conservancy board. "With the exception of one possible homesite, we anticipate that much of the land will be preserved."

The property, which is zoned for residential use and agriculture, could have been subdivided into 17 parcels in an area where the homesites are 2 acres or more.

The farm was part of the estate left by the death in January of John Emory Hanlon, whose father, John D. Hanlon, purchased the farm in 1942.

A granddaughter, Mary Schmelzer said relatives were reluctant to sell the farm at first but are happy that the land will be preserved.

Pub Date: 11/24/98

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