Maryland Historical Trust

Designers head to the Wilderness of Woodbine for Decorator Show House benefiting Ellicott City flood relief

Designers head to the Wilderness of Woodbine for Decorator Show House benefiting Ellicott City flood relief

Near the turn of the 20th century, an undeveloped 450-acre plot in Woodbine known as “The Wilderness” was given by a patriarch of a prominent Howard County family to his son as an early wedding gift.

After Joshua Warfield Sr. bestowed the parcel on Joshua Warfield Jr. and his fiancée, Mary Nicodemus — who also hailed from a prominent Howard County family — the couple built the Victorian farmhouse in 1907 and dubbed the property Wilderness Farm.

In its 111-year history, the stately home listed on the Howard County Historic Sites Inventory of the Maryland Historical Trust has had just three owners. After Mary Nicodemus died in 1972, her nephew, Howard Nicodemus, inherited...

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