Chaneys are buying historic mansion

Well-known family reaches deal for Tulip Hill property

It was listed for $4.9 million

Harwood

March 24, 2004|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,SUN STAFF

A well-known Anne Arundel County family plans to purchase Tulip Hill, the 18th-century Georgian mansion considered one of the region's most historically significant homes.

Members of the Chaney family of south county are buying the Harwood property, said Karlton F. Morris Jr., the Annapolis real estate agent who was listing the property. Morris said he couldn't reveal financial terms of the deal, which he said was reached last month, because the Chaneys aren't scheduled to settle until May 25.

The seven-bedroom mansion on Muddy Creek Road, which was on the market for about a month, was listed for $4.9 million.

"It was a nice clean deal," said Morris, who added that members of the Chaney family have said they plan to live at Tulip Hill.

The 10,000-square-foot mansion, which sits on 93 acres along with a stable and tenant home, is registered as a National Historic Landmark. Shipping merchant Samuel Galloway built the house in 1756 and was host to his friend George Washington there.

Several prominent local individuals have owned the property over the years, including current owners Morgan and Janet Wayson, who are moving to their farm in West River.

The Chaneys are known as history buffs with a penchant for buying famed properties. William F. Chaney stirred controversy among historical groups last year when he erected a 24-foot bronze statue of Robert E. Lee on a parcel abutting Antietam Battlefield in Washington County. Critics said the statue was not historically accurate because it did not reflect Lee's position in the battle.

Chaney also had built a statue of Confederate soldier Benjamin Welch Owens in Lothian and is renovating Terra Rubra, the Carroll County estate of Francis Scott Key's family, which he purchased in 2001 for $1.3 million.

A millionaire and noted collector of Civil War artifacts, Chaney is a longtime friend and adviser to County Executive Janet S. Owens.

Members of the Chaney family could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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