Harford historic home tour No. 2

The clubhouse of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt in Monkton will be the next stop on a historic homes tour of Harford County sponsored by the county's Historical Society. (Historical Society of Harford County / March 12, 2013)

The second in the Historical Society of Harford County's tours of historically significant or interesting buildings and homes in Harford County will take place this Sunday, March 17, at the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club in Monkton.

The clubhouse will be the focus of the day's tour, according to the society.

Designed by prominent New York Architect James O'Connor, the clubhouse was built on the foundation of an older structure destroyed by fire.

The public is welcome to stop in and see the home of the second oldest recognized foxhunting club in the United States.


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Visitors will be able to walk the lawn where Winston Churchill once dined at a picnic luncheon and enjoy the view of the My Lady's Manor race course.

Reservations are required for this tour. Call the Society at 410-838-7691 to reserve a space. A suggested donation of $5 per person is appreciated but not required.

The club is located at 3403 Pocock Road in Monkton, next to Ladew Gardens. Upon arrival, follow directions for parking. (Sensible shoes are recommended.)

This tour series is being offered for a suggested donation that will go toward the Historical Society's renovation of its headquarters, the former Bel Air Post Office on North Main Street.

Completed in 1937, the building included many state-of-the-art technological features, for its time, as well a mural painted by Maxwell Simpson.

While noting it is a testament to the designers and builders that the old post office building that it is still in use, the Historical Society also noted in a news release that 75 years have taken a toll on the structure.

The Historical Society has launched a capital program to restore the building and make needed repairs to the roof, windows and interior walls and ceilings.

The planned tours of private homes is one of many events the society plans to hold over the next two years to raise the $500,000 needed to complete all the repairs and restoration.

Other historic home tours will be announced.