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c. 1816. 401 S. Talbot St.
  • (Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie)

This building was erected as an inn by Wrightson Jones, who operated a shipyard. It is perhaps the first of many houses in the town to feature a two-story gallery across its facade, inset under the gabled roof. The two doorways likely relate to its function as an inn, providing access to unequally sized rooms to either side of a central hall. It remained in the Jones family until 1855 and was still being used as a hotel when sold in 1875. By the 1950s it became a restaurant.

Similar is the building (c. 1800; 101 Locust Street), erected by Joseph Harrison, also used initially as a tavern. The two-story gallery may be part of its 1872 additions by then-owner Judge William H. Bruff. For decades, beginning in 1878, it was the home and office of physician Robert Dodson.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1815


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "THE OLD INN", [St. Michaels, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, 115-115.

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