Grove Hill Collection - PP156

Collection finding aids of Photograph Collections 
in the Prints and Photographs Division 
of the Maryland Historical Society Library 

ca. 1890


Finding aid created by Katherine Cowan 
with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 
March 2000


Grove Hill, originally a farm located on the old Brighton Rd., is on present-day New Hampshire Avenue in Brinklow, near Sandy Spring in Montgomery Co., Md. The main house was built by Thomas Tyson and his wife, Mary Ellicott Tyson after they acquired the property in 1836, and presently incorporates buildings and additions from various eras, including log cabins from the late 1700s. The property passed to the Tyson’s daughter, Elizabeth Ellicott Tyson, in 1858, then to a cousin, Martha Tyson Smith Hopkins, the wife of Samuel Hopkins, in ca. 1912. Martha Hopkins left the property to her three daughters in 1915, and it soon became the home of Mary Randolph Hopkins.

Mary Randolph Hopkins (d. 1979) was the fourth child of Samuel and Martha Hopkins. She was the granddaughter of Joseph Hopkins, and the grandneice of Johns Hopkins. Mary Hopkins lived at Grove Hill from ca. 1915 until her death in 1979.

Collection Origin

Purchase, 1979 (74916).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box with 5 folders containing 15 photographs, which are undated and unidentified. They are thought to originate ca. 1890, and may depict the property known as Grove Hill in Montgomery Co., Md. There are images of grounds and buildings, including a clapboard house and outbuildings. There are images of people near the house, including an African American family and domestic workers. Other subjects include a horse and carriage and a wooden dam on a stream.


The photographs are arranged according to PP catalog numbers.

Note: This collection was formerly known as B61.

Container List

1 Box

Box 1: 5 folders

Box 1, Folder 1 
PP156.1 – Front of large house showing people sitting on porch and African American woman at right.

PP156.2 – African American family standing in yard.

Box 1, Folder 2 
PP156.3-.5 – Stream area showing wooden dam.

Box 1, Folder 3 
PP156.6 – House with people in front.

PP156.7-.8 – Landscape with large rocks.

Box 1, Folder 4 
PP156.9 – House with fence and person in front.

PP156.10 – Body of water with guardrail in foreground.

PP156.11-.12 – Outbuildings and yard.

Box 1, Folder 5 
PP156.13-.14 – Outbuildings with field in foreground, showing bridge.

PP156.15 – Street with church and house, showing horse and carriage.