Tucked away in the state's capital, adjacent to the Naval Academy, sits the Peggy Stewart House, a historic house that played an important role in the American Revolution and was home at different times to a signer of the Constitution and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
The Georgian-style home, built in the 1760s and designated a National Historic Landmark, is on the market for $3.2 million. The remodeled home at 207 Hanover St. has five bedrooms, 31/2 bathrooms, six fireplaces and an eight-car garage.
Built for Thomas Rutland, it is known by the name of a later owner, merchant Anthony Stewart. In 1774, Stewart faced a difficult decision: rebel against the government and keep 2,320 pounds of English tea on his ship and be put to death or burn the ship and the tea.
Angry mobs crowded his home, urging him to burn his ship, the Peggy Stewart, which was named after his daughter. To protect his family, Stewart made the decision to burn the ship and the cargo inside, following in the footsteps of the Boston Tea Party, which happened the year before.
Stewart was not the only owner to hold historical significance. Declaration signer Thomas Stone purchased the house in 1783. Another owner, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, was a signer of the Constitution in 1787.
Georgie Berkinshaw of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Annapolis said the Peggy Stewart House is the only private residence left that was owned by a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
The brick home still maintains a rustic feel, complete with an outdoor patio, a widow's walk on the roof and prominent, winding staircases. It has a perfectly manicured lawn and a view of the white wall surrounding the Naval Academy.
"My favorite part [of the house] is the rooftop with the widow's walk," Berkinshaw said. "It's one of the highest views in historical downtown Annapolis."
Glenn Campbell, senior historian at the Historic Annapolis Foundation, said the current owner has done many renovations, but that the biggest renovations were made in the 1890s, to the roof and the rear kitchen. In 1950, a sunroom was added to the back of the house.
"A lot of the prior owners were very sensitive to the historical significance,"Campbell said. "They tried not to introduce any jarring changes."
Address: 207 Hanover St., Annapolis 21401
Selling price: $3.2 million
Living area: 4,756 square feet
Year built: Early 1760s
Listing agent: Georgie Berkinshaw, Coldwell Banker Residential BrokerageCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun