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c. 1773. 6655 Rose Hill Rd.
  • (Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie)

This unusual house was owned by Thomas Stone, lawyer and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Part of Thomas Stone National Historic Site since 1978, Habre de Venture has an irregular five-part plan composed of three early buildings arranged in an arc. The center main block is a Flemish-bond brick structure one and a half stories high on a raised basement with a dormered gambrel roof. The frame gambrel-roofed law office connected by a brick breeze-way to the east has one room on each level. The frame and brick kitchen wing on the west is connected by a gambrel-roofed hyphen.

A fire in 1977 destroyed the interior, roof, and second-floor walls of the main block and heavily damaged the hyphens and wings; the current house museum interior is a modern re-creation. However the original parlor paneling survives, having been collected by the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1928. The approximately 320-acre property includes a variety of outbuildings such as tenant houses, barns, and corn crib, most dating from either the second quarter of the nineteenth century or the early twentieth century.

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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "HABRE DE VENTURE AT THOMAS STONE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE", [Port Tobacco, 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, 36-36.

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