Land Acquisition and Planning

The Maryland Resident Curatorship Program

Ever dreamed of living in an historic house surrounded by beautiful State Park, Forest, or other protected land? Are you interested in becoming a steward of both historic and natural resources? Then the Department of Natural Resources wants you!

Pioneered in 1982, the Maryland Resident Curatorship Program offers lucky Curators the right to lifetime tenancy in an historic property in exchange for restoring it, maintaining it in good condition, and periodically sharing it with the public. From the mountain regions of Western Maryland to Assateague Island, the program has nearly 60 Curatorships in operation, each offering a special glimpse into the history of Maryland.

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Available Historic Properties

Stephenson House Resident Curatorship Property 

The Stephenson House
Havre de Grace, Harford County, Maryland

The Stephenson House is a beautiful example of a late 18th/early 19th century dwelling which retains a great deal of its historic detailing; including gorgeous wood floors, original trim, four fireplaces with decorative mantels and a large cooking hearth.  The house contains a kitchen, dining room, family room and parlor on the first floor, three bedrooms and two baths on the second floor, and an additional two rooms in the finished section of the attic.

The property encompasses ~9 acres of the surrounding land which includes a 19th century smoke house (converted to a chicken house) as well as a 19th century laundry or quarter.  There is also a substantial corn crib located on the property but it is, unfortunately, in poor condition.  The property is in close proximity to the park trail system and all the amenities Susquehanna State Park has to offer.

The department is looking for a partner to restore the house within a 5-7 year period. Families, non-profits, and commercial entities are welcome to apply as long as their vision for the property is in keeping with preservation standards and the mission of the Department of Natural Resources. Tours of the property are available by appointment only or at scheduled open houses. Please call 410-260-8457 for additional information.

Applications are due July 31, 2017.

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Click Here to View the Stephenson House Photo Gallery


 

Old Warfield House 

Old Warfield Farm
Woodbine, Howard County, Maryland

The Warfield Farm is located outside of Woodbine in southern Howard County. The main house was constructed by Nicholas Ridgely Warfield around 1850 and includes three bedrooms, numerous fire places and airy porches with scenic views of the surrounding landscape. In addition to the house, the property includes the surrounding nine acres of land, a late 19th century bank barn, corncrib/wagon shed, a small pond, and two 20th century garages.

The Warfield Farm is part of Patuxent River State Park which runs along the upper 12 miles of the Patuxent River. The park is comprised of 6,700 acres of natural areas and farmlands. Recreational use is primarily hunting, fishing, hiking and horseback riding.

The department is looking for a partner to restore the house within a 5-7 year period. Families, non-profits, and commercial entities are welcome to apply as long as their vision for the property is in keeping with preservation standards and the mission of the Department of Natural Resources. Tours of the property are available by appointment only or at scheduled open houses. Please call 410-260-8457 for additional information.

Click here to find out how to apply

Click Here to View the Old Warfield Farm Photo Gallery



Old Bohemia farmhouse 

Old Bohemia Wildlife Management Area
Warwick, Cecil County, Maryland

Scene through window inside the Old Bohemia house.

The Old Bohemia Tenant House, located to the north-west of Warwick in Cecil County, is the last of the farmhouses constructed to work the land owned by the Roman Catholic Clergy. Constructed ca. 1840, the house is made up of a 2-1/2 story main block with an attached 1-1/2 story kitchen wing. The main block contains seven rooms and two bathrooms while the wing contains three rooms, a laundry/mud room and a kitchen. The property retains much of its historic fabric including four fireplaces with wood mantels.

Old Bohemia Wildlife Management Area consists of approximately 1,000 acres of agricultural fields, forest and non-tidal wetlands. It provides habitat for migratory waterfowl, dove, and forest wildlife species including white-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrel and rabbit.

The department is looking for a partner in the restoration of the house over a 5-7 year period. Families, non-profits, and commercial entities are welcome to apply as long as their vision for the property is in keeping with preservation standards and the mission of the Department of Natural Resources. Tours of the property are available by appointment only. Please call 410-260-8457 for additional information.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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Click Here to View the Old Bohemia Photo Gallery

For more information, please contact:

Peter Morrill, Curator Program Manager
Land Acquisition & Planning
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave, E-4
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-8457
peter.morrill1@maryland.gov

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