Birmingham Manor (Maryland)

Birmingham Manor was a historic slave plantation home located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Birmingham Manor
Birmingham Manor (Maryland) is located in Maryland
Birmingham Manor (Maryland)
Location of Birmingham Manor in Maryland
LocationLaurel, Maryland
Coordinates39°04′32″N 76°49′33″W / 39.07556°N 76.82583°W / 39.07556; -76.82583
Built1690 (1690)
Architectural style(s)Stone

The manor served the Snowden family for five generations. The property resided on the "Robinhood's Forest" land patent. The manor was built by Richard Snowden Jr. and constructed out of brick with shingle siding. A central hall was surrounded by fireplaces. A semicircle of barns held tobacco crops. A boxwood garden led to the cemetery. By 1790 the estate composed 10,000 acres.[1] The house burned down on August 20, 1891 under William Snowden’s ownership. [2] The fire broke open a hidden wood panel above a mantle that contained hidden family parchments just before they burned.[3] A large tract of the estate became the Fort George G. Meade and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center The Baltimore–Washington Parkway was built over the plantation site next to a general aviation airport. The family cemetery remains mostly inaccessible.[4][5]

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  1. ^ Lawrence Buckley Thomas. The Thomas Book: Giving the Genealogies of Sir Rhys Ap Thomas. p. 508.
  2. ^ "History of New-Birmingham Manor Lately Burned". The Baltimore Sun. 23 August 1891.
  3. ^ Annie Middleton Leakin Sioussat. Old manors in the colony of Maryland, Volume 2. p. 50.
  4. ^ "Birmingham Manor". Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  5. ^ Clayton Colman Hall. Baltimore: Biography. p. 468.