Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc., the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States and a leader in the sale of luxury properties, today announced it has listed, as part of its extensive number of current listings, Maiden Point Farm, a 128-acre working farm purchased in 1947 by Nellie Tayloe Ross, former governor of Wyoming and the first woman in the United States to hold an elected governorship position. Located in Newburg, Md., Maiden Point Farm sits on the banks of Cuckold Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River, and is offered at $4.5 million. It is listed by Carolina Barksdale, an associate broker with Lacaze Meredith Real Estate, in St. Michaels, Md., a Long & Foster company.
According to Barksdale, the property has remained in the Ross family since its purchase, more than a half-century ago. In that time, the Ross family has painstakingly restored and renovated the original, three-bedroom, one-and-one-half story, Flemish bond brick home. It is recognized as a historic property and is listed on the Maryland State Historic site, and is considered representative of a quality of architecture seldom found in other houses of its period in the region. Its jerkin head roof with unusual slopes is said to be the only surviving type of its kind in Charles County.
Established in the mid-1750s, the property served as a tobacco farm and the crop was shipped up river to market. In later years it served as a dairy farm. Today, Maiden Point serves as a cattle farm and hay producer and features numerous acres of fenced pastureland, horse stables, approximately 6,000 feet of shoreline and award-winning gardens that include boxwoods transplanted from George Washington’s boyhood home.
“This pastoral peninsula of land is very rich in history. Land records dating back show that 50 of the original acres were part of a land patent in 1687 known as New York. This original piece was later combined with adjacent acreage known as Maiden Point,” said Barksdale.
“After the Civil War, the property’s condition began deteriorating as did the farm’s prominence as a tobacco farm. In 1950, when Mrs. Ross purchased the farm, there were chickens living in the main house,” she added.
Ross, who replaced her husband as Wyoming’s governor after his sudden death and completed his two-year term, moved to the Washington, D.C., area when President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed her as the first female director of the U.S. Mint, a position she held until 1952 when she retired. She purchased Maiden Point Farm as a weekend and summer retreat for her family. Ross died in 1977 at the age of 101.
Among the many unique features of the main home is a large foyer where an unusual free-standing corner staircase, part of which is still original. It leads to the three bedrooms upstairs which feature dormers that provide views of the property’s manicured grounds.
Brick floors and beamed ceilings grace the kitchen while extensive carved paneling, crown molding and a large fireplace flanked by built-in cabinets highlight the drawing room. A library that features raised pine paneling and fireplace is also located on the first floor of the home, as well as a formal dining room with a large fireplace, a small study and a sunroom that offers water and garden views.
In addition to major renovations and restorations to the original house, the farm now includes four additional homes: a gatehouse; a large pool house; a caretaker’s house and a guest cottage that was formerly a chicken-coop. There is also a a tool shed, a potting shed and a barn. A long dock and small boat ramp along the river allow boating and fishing access.
“I think the privacy of this property and its proximity to Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Richmond areas, approximately a 90-minute drive, will attract potential buyers looking for a weekend getaway place or perhaps even a fabulous family compound,” said Barksdale.
“The Maiden Point Farm is a good example of how often the history of a property can intriguing and attractive to potential purchasers of the many higher end properties our sales associates list,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc. “
“As with Long & Foster’s other extraordinary listings, this property and its historic value will receive the global spotlight we can provide through our exclusive affiliation with Christie’s International Real Estate and our affiliations with Luxury Portfolio International, Luxury Real Estate and Leading Real Estate Companies of The World,” added Scott.
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