Howard History

February 05, 2006

1856: $75 AN ACRE, PAPER REPORTS

The obsession with real estate - and Howard County's enviable place in the market - is nothing new. Consider this item from The Sun on Feb. 5, 1856:

"The sale of real estate in Howard County shows ... a steady improvement, and with encouraging facilities by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the fine sites on the Patapsco and contiguous streams must become in a short time the most desirable location for summer villas or permanent residences.

"The farm of T.J. Hood near Hood's Mill, containing about 135 acres with moderate improvements but little wood, was recently bought by Mr. Walter Dorsey at a fraction under $30 per acre. ... Mr. James Sykes has sold a farm near Sykesville to a gentleman of this city at $42.50 per acre. ... Mr. Donovan has sold his farm, two miles from Marriottsville, formerly owned by D. Herbert, at $75 per acre; purchaser said to be Mr. Walker, of Virginia. These prices show an advance of 25 to 50 percent in three years."

[Sun researcher Paul McCardell contributed to this item.]

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