March 23, 2012
Bob Sleeper is a man who cannot be fenced in. While many of his friends are city dwellers, he craves the great outdoors. For this reason, he and his wife, Marian, left a large home in suburban Marriottsville in favor of an old — and much smaller — farmhouse in Westminster. Sleeper's first love has always been the land — 5 acres in this instance, with a two-story, 2,700-square-foot bank barn on a knoll. "We downsized the house but upsized the property," said Sleeper, a 60-year-old employee of Constellation Energy.
March 22, 2012
When Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff first saw the old stone farmhouse in northern Baltimore County, it had holes in the walls and raccoons in the basement. But it stood in the middle of 85 acres of farmland, with cows grazing in the distance and sweeping views of rolling countryside all around. That's what convinced them to buy it as a second home. "We always wanted a place in Maryland that reminded us of our trips to France and Italy," Mazaroff said. "This was a little bit of Italy in Baltimore County.
February 19, 2012
Rick and Mickey Price live on a 340-acre farm in northern Baltimore County. Their rambling, two-story farmhouse sits high and exposed on the land's crest, with acres upon acres rolling softly below and the nearest neighbor over a quarter-mile away. While their house has an old-homestead, Colonial feel, it was custom-built just 11 years ago. The couple's story is inextricably intertwined with the house, which along with their marriage, is a study in new beginnings. "Dick, his first wife and my late husband and I knew each other for over 40 years," said Mickey Price, 79, explaining that they were all involved in the Maryland South Delaware district of the Optimists.
October 26, 2011
The Fitzgerald, a transit-oriented apartment and retail project in midtown Baltimore, won the Grand Design Award this month in the annual Excellence in Design program sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Design Collective of Baltimore was the architect of The Fitzgerald, developed by The Bozzoto Group and named for writer and one-time Baltimore resident F. Scott Fitzgerald. The building is located at Mount Royal Avenue and Oliver Street, on the former Bolton Yards property next to the Mount Royal Cultural Center stop of the light rail system.
April 22, 2011
Phyllis L. Mowbray, former director of the Carroll County Public Library's "Library Link" program, who restored an 18th-century farmhouse with her husband, died Monday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Carroll Hospice Dove House. She was 88. Phyllis Louise Wagner was born in Baltimore and raised in Pikesville. She was a 1939 graduate of Franklin High School. Two years later, she became ill with tuberculosis, which forced her to be confined for a year at the state sanatorium at Sabillasville in Frederick County.
September 26, 2010
In 1719, a land grant of 1,200 acres in Howard County was presented to Thomas Worthington by Lord Baltimore. This land, along with the original structure Worthington built on it in the mid-18th century, has remained in the family to this day. Almost 300 years later, Melanie Dorsey, Thomas Worthington's great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter, inherited the manor house, eight outbuildings and 133 acres of land (the rest parceled out over the...