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c. 1750; c. 1785, mid-20th-century additions. 10373 Locust Point Rd.
  • South front elevation of main block (Photograph by Catherine C. Lavoie)
  • View of south front and west side (Photograph by Catherine C. Lavoie)
  • South front portico (Photograph by Catherine C. Lavoie)
  • Detail of windows, lintels, and belt course (Photograph by Catherine C. Lavoie)
  • Detail of coved cornice and closure brick (Photograph by Catherine C. Lavoie)
  • View of north rear and kitchen wing (Photograph by Catherine C. Lavoie)
  • View of south front from water (Photograph by Catherine C. Lavoie)
  • North rear elevation including wings (Photograph by Catherine C. Lavoie)
  • (Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie)

This is one of Somerset County’s most elaborate mid-eighteenth-century plantation houses and a distinguished representative of the area’s rich decorative brickwork. Almodington includes glazed headers and checkerboard patterns, as well as gauged brick segmental lintels with alternating glazed bricks and ornamental belt courses. It likewise boasts rare plaster cove cornices, original twelve-over-twelve sash windows, and a pedimented, Ionic-columned Georgian porch.

Situated on the Manokin River, the house was built for John Elzey II on the Almodington tract patented for his grandfather, John Elzey in 1663. This area, known as Manokin Hundred, and neighboring Monie and Great Annemessex hundreds had the largest number of brick dwellings and those over a thousand square feet than anywhere else in Somerset County. Almodington represents the emergence of the brick, two-story, single-pile, center-passage house, superseding the frame, one-and-a-half-story, hall-and-parlor-plan dwellings of previous generations. Such houses foretold of the development of even more complex, double-pile Georgian houses, such as Ratcliffe Manor.


Touart, Paul B., “Almodington,” Somerset County, Maryland. National Register of Historic Places Inventory–Nomination Form, 1986. National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Touart, Paul B. Somerset: An Architectural History. Annapolis and Princess Anne: Maryland Historical Trust and Somerset County Historical Trust, 1990.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1749


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "ALMODINGTON", [Oriole, 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, 140-140.

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