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By Carleton Jones | June 9, 1991
Old mansions on river fronts and tidal streams are nothing new in quaint (and rich) Talbot county. But the Combsberry estate is something specialAge is one reason. It's about 273 by the best estimates and features an ancient, 1730 pile from the days of the Georgian kings, when Marylanders hadn't outnumbered the original Indian population for too long.Combsberry, along its 46-foot river front, also has mysterious, paneled and recessed windows with glazed brick headers, windows of vague Palladian form, rare in early Colonial architecture (but not on English buildings of the same era, say architectural historians)
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer | July 24, 1992
Oliver Beach residents who have been fighting for two years to preserve the open land around a historic 1819 mansion on the Gunpowder River have won a rare victory from Baltimore County's bureaucracy.The county Board of Appeals reversed an earlier approval of Emerald Development Corp.'s proposed 12-home Oliver Landing project. The board decided July 16 that the county planning board did not properly consider the historic significance of the three acres around the mansion.Such reversals are rare, since the board is legally constrained from throwing out development approvals unless they're found to be arbitrary or procured by fraud.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | March 4, 2002
Realtors are close to finding a buyer for the 1917 Baltimore County mansion that was once the home of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Marc Witman, associate broker with Long & Foster Realtors, confirmed last week that Rainbow Hall, the Irish Georgian-style mansion on 19 acres in Green Spring Valley, is under contract. Witman would not name the potential buyers except to say that they were from the Baltimore area and that settlement could occur as early as next month. The last listing price for the estate in the 10700 block of Park Heights Ave. was $1.75 million.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | May 21, 1998
WEDDINGTON, N.C. -- A mansion being built here has everything you'd want in a new home and more: a movie theater, a wine cellar, a fitness room, a ballroom dance floor, a library, an elevator and a 30-by-60-foot outdoor pool.Oh, and let's not forget the 14 bathrooms.Welcome to the future home of Arthur and Charlotte Mott, a Long Island, N.Y., couple who are giving up those chilly northeastern winters for a country estate in southern North Carolina.And not just any country estate. With nearly 23,000 square feet, their 42-room, $3 million stucco house would be the largest house in the Charlotte region.
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By ROGER SIMON | March 8, 1991
Hilda Mae Snoops is making a list."Some things we can give away to museums," she told me. "And some to historic buildings. And some things we can sell."Mrs. Snoops, Maryland's hostess and the governor's best friend, is planning to empty out much of the governor's mansion.Some things will be given away and some things will be sold, the money going to the Governor's Mansion Foundation and not Mrs. Snoops.And Mrs. Snoops seems intent on getting rid of the mansion's furnishings before she leaves her post so her enemies can't get rid of them after she leaves her post.
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | March 1, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Hilda Mae Snoops started spring cleaning a little early yesterday with a plan to empty the Governor's Mansion of most of its furnishings so her critics can enjoy a return to the residence's "seedy" pre-William Donald Schaefer appearance.She said she might even unload the $168,000, 12-foot outdoor fountain installed on the property less than a year ago."I've been rebuffed continually by the press and by delegates and senators who want a little cheap publicity," Mrs. Snoops explained.
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December 21, 1990
Two young men have been charged with trespassing on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis after they allegedly were found carrying some workmen's tools and paint thinner.The two men "entered the property uninvited" about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 7, according to documents filed in Annapolis District Court.Brendon C. Smith, 19, of Riva, and Chad J. Godhard, 20, of College Park, were charged with trespassing at a public agency after hours, a misdemeanor, records show.Godhard also was charged with being drunk at a public place and causing a disturbance, according to documents.
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June 26, 1991
An antique mid-19th century cast-iron dolphin lawn ornament at the Hampton Mansion in Towson has been reported stolen, an FBI spokesman said yesterday.Authorities believe that whoever took the rare dolphin -- valued at about $12,000 -- may have thought it was made of copper or bronze and intended to sell it for the metal, said James Dearborn, a spokesman for the FBI office in Baltimore. The FBI is investigating the theft because the mansion sits on federal property managed by the National Park Service.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 24, 1999
It's not quite party time again on little St. Helena Island, but a businessman's plan to turn his mansion there into a private club has won a key victory from the Anne Arundel County Board of Appeals.Overturning a hearing officer's decision, the board ruled, to the dismay of neighbors, that Keith J. Osborne could operate a club on the island in Little Round Bay without meeting on-site parking requirements.The island is inaccessible to cars, the board noted, and guest parking would be accommodated on a private lot on the mainland.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Staff Writer | February 6, 1993
In an unusual but happy conclusion to what began 2 1/2 years ago as a bitter fight over the preservation of an historic 1819 mansion and its surrounding vistas in eastern Baltimore County, a developer and community residents celebrated a common victory this week with a bottle of champagne.The Friends of Oliver House Inc., the community group, had bought five housing lots from the Emerald Development company, which originally had proposed building 14 homes on four acres surrounding the historic building.
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