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, Langdon Farm, a slate-roofed, 18th Century brick colonial touted as “a true treasure of Talbot County.” The property is listed by Clifford E. Meredith, a sales associate with Lacaze Meredith Real Estate in Easton, Md., a Long & Foster company. The property is being offered at just under $13 million.
Located in Sherwood, Md., Langdon Farm encompasses 157 acres including 4,000 feet of waterfront on Harris Creek and Dun Cove, tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Originally built sometime in the late 1700’s, the home has been expanded and renovated around its original frame to its present state of a more than 10,000 square-foot residence featuring nine bedrooms, five full baths and one half-bath, as well as elaborate moldings and woodwork, 11 wood-burning fireplaces, several accentuated by carved mantels, built-in bookcases, hand-painted wallpaper and several original brick floors, exposed beams and doorways.
According to Meredith, the property, which dates back to a land patent of 1659, was once known as “Bridges Chance” by its then owner, Daniel Lamdin. The farm was later renamed Hebron, after the biblical city south of Jerusalem, by Lamdin’s daughters in the early 1800s. Constructed of Flemish bond brick with some walls measuring 24-to38-inches in thickness, the original home survived bombings by British forces during the Revolutionary War and was briefly occupied by British soldiers during the war of 1812.
In 1932, Mable Lindsay Gillespie, the only daughter of lumber mogul David Gillespie, owner of D. L. Gillespie Lumber & Co., in Pittsburg, Penn., purchased the property, changed its name to Langdon Farm and expanded and renovated the home to its current status. Gillespie also had a number of outbuildings constructed including a feed mill, storage buildings, barns and a two-story house for the farm’s manager.
“You’re opening a door that existed when Jefferson was president,” said Meredith. “Combine the farm’s depth of history, quality of preservation and the spectacular views and overall setting and you have the entire package that makes a piece of property outstanding. Rich in tradition, yet versatile, this home lends itself wonderfully to simple farm living or entertaining on either an intimate or grand scale. Its charm is priceless,” he added.
One of the many unique features of the home is its wide center reception hall. The various wings of the home, added on over time, hold a state-of-the-art kitchen with brick floors and granite counter tops, a partially wood-paneled dining room, a sunroom with glass doors and a view of the water, a half-bath, a family room and a den with a brick floor, wood and plaster walls, built-in cabinets and book shelves, a wet bar and access to a rose garden. In addition, the living room offers a wood floor, water views and detailed moldings, while the “river room,” with its flagstone floor and brick walls, opens to an outside brick terrace. The two bedrooms also located on the first floor share a full-bath.
The second-floor master suite includes his and her walk-in closets and bathrooms and two fireplaces, one of which is in the adjoining sitting room. Joining the master bedroom on the second floor are three additional bedrooms, a full bath and a staff quarters with back access to the main first-floor kitchen. The staff quarters also has a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bath.
A third-floor attic provides additional storage space as well as six additional rooms, each paneled in cedar wood. There is also a basement accessible from inside as well as outside.
Most of the home’s rooms feature wood-burning fireplaces and nearly all offer beautiful views of the surrounding water and the property’s many award-winning gardens, including one that houses the largest collection of English boxwood in the United States. A private cemetery is also located on the property. Surrounded by an ivy-covered brick wall, it serves as the resting place for several members of the Lamdin family.
Outside the home, approximately 18,000 bricks taken from the steps of historic Constitution Hall in Philadelphia during a renovation are set in a herringbone pattern to provide a walkway to and around an in-ground pool, a hot tub and a screened-in pool house complete with a half-bath, kitchenette and eating room. There is also a screened-in dock house at the end of a 280-foot dock which can accommodate a vessel up to 165 feet long.
A guest/caretaker’s cottage features four-bedrooms, one full bath, a living room, dining room and kitchen. Additional outbuildings include an equipment barn, a dairy barn and a greenhouse. There is also a farm office, workshop, hunting room, utility room and billiard room on the property.
“Every home has a story to tell and the story of the Langdon Farm residence is just as unique as the property itself. This listing represents another of the many treasures Long & Foster has in its already rich collection of extraordinary properties,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.
“As with Long & Foster’s other extraordinary properties, Langdon Farm will be showcased in 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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