Tour of historic Darlington farm set for Sunday

The next in a series of tours of historic properties hosted by the Historical Society of Harford County is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hopkins family's scenic Elberton Hill Farm in Darlington.

The hosts will welcome visitors to the historic Hopkins-Bayless house, grounds and outbuildings on the working horse farm at 837 Darlington Road in Darlington. This will be an exterior tour of the house.

The house stands on part of the tract called Elberton or El Briton, from which several of the surrounding farms were formed.

In 1868, Hannah R. Hopkins and James C. Worthington sold a farm containing 94 acres to Samuel M. Bayless. It is believed that the present dwelling has sections dating to 1840, with other features dating to the 1870s.

Most recently the farm has been home to the Hopkins family's thoroughbred racing and breeding interests. Some of the farm's best-known runners included Aberfoyle, winner of the 1997 Maryland Million Sprint, and Elberton, winner of the 2001 Maryland Million Turf.

Visitors are advised to wear walking shoes and to dress warmly. Refreshments will be provided.

A $5 donation is suggested with all proceeds going to the Historical Society's Building Restoration campaign. Reservations are suggested and may be made at 410-838-7691 or

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