Land Acquisition and Planning

The Maryland Resident Curatorship Program

Ever dreamed of living in an historic house surrounded by beautiful protected State 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 50 Curatorships in operation, each offering a special glimpse into Maryland’s rich history.

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Available Historic Properties


Eightrupp (Lyle) Farm
Havre de Grace, Harford County, Maryland

Eightrupp Farm is a particularly intact agricultural complex dating to the 18th and 19th centuries. The property includes a stone house with attached greenhouse, a spring house, barns, and a pond. Its agricultural character is paramount to understanding the property’s history and its connection to the landscape. For this reason, the Department is seeking a partner who is interested in preserving not just the farmhouse, but the outbuildings and agricultural landscape in accordance with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards and sharing the property with the public.

In addition to the property immediately surrounding the house and outbuildings, the Maryland Park Service has up to 56 acres of land available for long-term agricultural lease in the vicinity of the Eightrupp Farm complex. The Department will give preference to applicants who intend to use the property for small-scale, environmentally friendly farming operations. Non-profit, private and commercial entities are welcome to apply but lease terms may vary depending on the nature of the proposal. Applicants should include public programming or access as a part of their proposal.

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 by Monday, August 26, 2019.

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House Plans

Corn House Plans

Corn House Sections

Woodshed Plans

Click here to View the Eightrupp (Lyle) Farm Photo Gallery


Picture of Ivy Hill house, a two story stone house sitting on top of a green hill.

Ivy Hill
Marriottsville, Howard County, Maryland

Ivy Hill was constructed in 1841 by William Hammond Marriott for use by a tenant farmer or overseer working the lands surrounding his county estate. While modest in scale, this well constructed stone house will make a very comfortable home with two bedrooms and one bath upstairs and an open kitchen and living space on the first floor. The property encompasses the surrounding 7 acres and also includes a collection of barns and outbuildings.

Ivy Hill sits atop rolling hills and provides beautiful views of the surrounding landscape which is devoid of modern intrusions. Ivy Hill is a rarity in this rapidly developing area and offers a quiet, bucolic setting only about 3/4 of a mile from the Patapsco River. Despite it's quiet surroundings, Ivy Hill is only minutes from shopping amenities, Interstate 70, and is within easy commuting distance of both Baltimore and Washington D.C.

The department is looking for a partner to restore the house within a 5-7 year period. Individuals, 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 by August 12, 2019.

 Click here to find out how to apply

1st Floor Plan

2nd Floor Plan

Click here to View the Ivy Hill Photo Gallery


The Stephenson House 

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 accepted on a rolling basis.

Click here to find out how to apply

Attic Floor Plan

1st Floor Plan

2nd Floor Plan

Click Here to View the Stephenson House 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.

Click here to find out how to apply

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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