Shore majesty

The Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage this year makes some stunning stops in Talbot County. Here's a sampler.

Focus On Open Houses

April 30, 2000|By Tamara Ikenberg | Tamara Ikenberg,Sun Staff

The annual Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage offers a peek into some of the most scenic and historically significant homes and grounds in the state, from Baltimore City to the Eastern Shore.

Today the tour turns to bucolic Talbot County. In the town of Trappe, where the day's events take place, you'll find sites with a wealth of classic as well as quirky touches. Here are some highlights:

The 63rd Annual Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage

Sites of the statewide roving pilgrimage:

Today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Talbot County

Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.: Anne Arundel County

Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.: St. Mary's County

May 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Harford County

May 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Ruxton, Baltimore County

Tickets for each of the tours are $20. They can be bought on the day of the event at any of the houses.

For more information about the Talbot County tour, call 410-770-3641. For more information about the other county's tours, call 410-821-6933 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays.

Chlora's Point Farm

This farmhouse, built on a 150-acre property circa 1800, has a distinctly Martha Stewart-meets-the-Chesapeake feel to it.

Quaint quirk: Roosters, roosters everywhere. The owners counted 40 rooster images in the family room alone, from rooster-painted shutters to rooster pillows.

Knockout room: Dining room. The oldest in the house, it features trademark Eastern Shore white corner cabinets with scalloped edges.

Embarrassment of riches: The grounds have more than 15 outbuildings, including a pool house, garden house and two guest houses.

Va-va-voom view: The grounds offer lovely views of the Choptank River, Island Creek and the Chesapeake Bay.

Lloyd's Landing

This small, steep-roofed house was built circa 1720. With its creaky wood-paneled floors and wide doors, it makes you feel as if you've been transported back in time.

Quaint quirk: A rooster coop in the backyard

Knockout room: Living room with white pine wood paneling, an 1815 "mourning" textile print of parents grieving for a lost child with an angel hovering above, and chairs from the family of Francis Scott Key.

Embarrassment of riches: Tons of historic highlights include chairs and porcelain plates that belonged to the family of Daniel Maynadier, one of the first rectors of Whitemarsh Church in Talbot County.

Va-va-voom view: Just beyond the hedges bordering the property, the Tuckahoe River beckons.

Walnut Grove

This Eastern Shore Tidewater Colonial home has gravestones of prominent Maryland families such as the Martins and Lloyds on the front lawn.

Quaint quirk: The extensive collection of waterfowl decoys

Knockout room: The commercial-style kitchen accented with eclectic Americana. Look up at the life raft doubling as a light fixture, and the old canoe suspended from the ceiling. Antique gas station marquees and general store signs add to the tasteful eccentricity.

Embarrassment of riches: A bar to die for. The oak bar itself is from Beowulf, a now-defunct D.C. restaurant. Directly above is a brass elevator roof from an old New York hotel. And behind the bar are etched glass panels from the old Senate building in Washington.

Va-va-voom view: The new "river room" offers a combination view of the sunset and Island Creek.

The gardens at Compton

he formal grounds surrounding the Compton estate include an English boxwood maze designed in 1940.

Oldest trees: The red maples and willow oak trees are nearly 150 years old.

Topiary treat: Boxwood "rooms" with a surprise inside, like sculptures, a purple smoke tree or a Carolina silver bell

Va-va-voom view: The herb garden affords a glistening view of La Trappe Creek.


This Federal-style brick house, which was built circa 1800, has a cozy Laura Ashleyesque appeal.

Quaint quirk: Embroidered pillows with sassy sayings like "A retired husband is a wife's full-time job" on couches and beds

Knockout room: The sprawling covered patio with a stone floor has beach-resort flair. It's furnished with blue and white wicker pieces, and the ceramic fish and rhinos on display add a cheerful touch.

Embarrassment of riches: Seven bedrooms. The charming, immaculately coordinated rooms are bed and breakfast-y, with bright, floral themes.

Va-va-voom view: From the patio, you can enjoy the calm of La Trappe Creek.

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