Eltonhead Manor and Habre de Venture Correspondence Collection

Finding Aid to the Eltonhead Manor and Habre de Venture Correspondence Collection, 1925-1935, MS 2237

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Eltonhead Manor and Habre de Venture Correspondence Collection

Creator

Baltimore Museum of Art

Call number

MS 2237

Inclusive dates

1925-1935

Bulk dates

1925-1928

Extent

1 box, 19 folders

Abstract

Contains correspondence related to the acquisitions of rooms from Eltonhead Manor and Habre de Venture for the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Unknown

Accession number

None

Processing note

Finding aid created by Lara Westwood, October, 2014

 

Historical Note

Rooms from Eltonhead Manor and Habre de Venture were acquired by the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1925 and 1935, respectively. Wood paneling was taken from both historic properties to recreate architectural interiors for display at the art museum.

Eltonhead Manor, located in Calvert County, Maryland, was built during the mid to late 1600’s. The land known as “Great Eltonhead” was surveyed in 1652 for Edward Eltonhead. The tract, comprised of over 5,000 acres, extended from Cove Point Marsh to Drum Point. Samuel Groome acquired the land and house in 1662 or 1664. The manor once again changed hands and became the property of the Bourne family.

The Bourne family sold off acres of the land, so the ownership of the manor house over the years became unclear. A Dr. Wyville may have owned the home during the Revolutionary War but sold it after the death of his son. In 1910, Hamilton Owens purchased the home from Mr. and Mrs. James Locke Weems. By 1925, the house was in ruins, so the Owens donated the wood paneling and staircase to the Baltimore Museum of Art.

 Habre de Venture was the home of Thomas Stone, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house is located in Charles County, Maryland on Rose Hill Road in Port Tobacco. Stone purchased the land in 1770 and began construction on the home in 1771. Stone died in 1787, but the home remained in the family until 1936. The Baltimore Museum of Art purchased the wood paneling from the home the previous year. The house was privately owned until it was gutted by a fire in 1977. Habre de Venture was designated a National Historic Site, and the National Park Service purchased the house and surrounding land in 1981. The Park Service renovated the property and was opened to the public in 1997.

 

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence related to the acquisitions of the wood paneling from Eltonhead Manor and Habre de Venture for the Baltimore Museum of Art. The letters discuss history and ownership of the homes in Calvert and Charles Counties, as well as negotiations on price to purchase the paneling. William B. Marye conducted most of the research. The collection is organized chronologically.

 

Container List

Contents 

Dates 

Box

Folder

? to Florence Levy, John H. Scarff

1925, July 24

1

1

Bill to Harry

1925, July 24

1

2

Marye, William B. to Blanchard Randall

1925, September 1

1

3

[Randall, Blanchard] to William B. Marye

1925, September 10

1

4

Marye, William B. to Blanchard Randall

1925, September 13

1

5

Marye, William B. to Blanchard Randall

1925, October 9

1

6

Newsclippings

1925, 1935

1

7

Stone, M. R. to Mrs. White

1926, September 1

1

8

White, Virginia P. B. to [Blanchard] Randall

1926, September 8

1

9

White (?), J. B. to M. R. Stone

1926, September 8

1

10

Stone, M. R. to [Blanchard] Randall

1926, December 12

1

11

Correspondence between Blanchard Randall & Walter J. Mitchell

1927, May 6, 7, 17

1

12

? to Michael R. Stone

1927, December 27

1

13

[Randall, Blanchard] to W. J. Mitchell

1928, June 22

1

14

Figures concerning sale of sitting room at “Habre de Venture”

1928, June 25

1

15

Correspondence between Walter J. Mitchell’s office and Blanchard Randall

1928, June 26, 27

1

16

Randall, Blanchard to John E. Marshall

1928, June 30

1

17

Randall, Blanchard to Lindsay C. Spencer

1928, June 30

1

18

Rent rolls of Calvert County

No date

1

19

 

 

 

 

 

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