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Margaret Mead
Columbia's Historic Oakland manor house turns 200
Columbia's Historic Oakland manor house turns 200

Whether to development or disaster, Howard County has lost many of its impressive early farmhouses and manors. But at least one remnant of the landed gentry has not only survived but found new life by changing from a private home to public use. Historic Oakland has been home to families, nursing care residents, two colleges, church services, a museum and offices for the local Red Cross and the developer of Columbia. Now marking its 200th birthday, the estate built by an heir of Maryland's Ridgely family is busier than ever as a multipurpose venue and community meeting place. Oakland's current owner, the nonprofit Columbia Association, has completed an extensive restoration....