The Sandy Point Mansion
The Sandy Point Mansion, sometimes called “Sandy Point Farmhouse,” ”Tryall” or “Scotland,” is the park’s last vestige of its agricultural past. From the mid-1600s to the early 1800s, the lands in and around Sandy Point were used primarily to grow tobacco, which was exported to domestic and foriegn markets by way of the Chesapeake Bay. Tobacco, a difficult plant to grow and harvest, was cultivated primarily by indentured servants and Black enslaved laborers.
Local planter Henry Mayer likely built the Sandy Point Mansion in the early 1800s. According to the Maryland Historic Trust, the mansion “is an excellent example of the residence of a relatively affluent Maryland farmer in the first quarter of the 19th century.” It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1972.
Today, the Sandy Point Mansion is part of the DNR Resident Curatorship program. The curator is working to restore the building to its 19th-century appearance. The mansion is a private residence and is not open to the public. It is visible from the main park road. It is occasionally opened on special occasions. Contact the park for more information.