Acclaimed chef Robert Wiedmaier spends long, hectic days preparing haute French cuisine at Marcel's in Washington, D.C., and overseeing his seven other popular restaurants along the East Coast.
With its strategic location at the juncture of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay, Rousby Hall was where ships that entered Colonial America would dock, declare their cargo and pay fees that went to the monarchy.
"There's so much history here," says Polly Wiedmaier, 50, who serves as chief marketing officer for the family restaurant group. "I've been reading books and learning so much about America's early beginnings and the role that Maryland played."
Today, Rousby Hall maintains an aristocratic air fit for its roots but has undergone extensive renovations and upgrades to make it suitable for a young, modern family.
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