Stories about the white clapboard house at the former Pleasant Grove Farm in Owings Mills abound, including that Confederate soldiers sought food and horses from the anti-slavery family of Richard Scott and that Confederate sympathizers tore down his flagpole because he flew a U.S. flag.
Alex and Rob Shek love older homes and, as the couple house-hunted a decade ago, they fell for this one, which seems a world away from the road.
"We walked in it once and bought it the same day. We bought it for the charm," said Alex Shek. She is owner of Lord & Lady Bug children's clothing store.
The couple made improvements, including refinishing the pine floors and adding landscaping. They added a creative touch to the dining room, a room that was part of the original log cabin on the site: Alex Shek's mother painted a hunt country mural above the chair rail. The theme is carried out in the chandelier of hounds and candle-holding foxes.
The flat property offers the pair outdoor space to relax. In the backyard, a stone outbuilding that was once a dairy has taken on a new life as Rob Shek's home office for his work as a spine consultant.
Meanwhile, their family has grown. These days, the three-bedroom, three- bathroom house nestled among trees is also home to the couple's three young daughters and large dog.
"Three children and a mastiff," Alex Shek said. "It's a little small."
About the house The property is known as the Scott Tavern on the Maryland Historical Trust's Historic Site Survey for its use as a tavern in the 1800s. The original part, the log cabin with a root cellar, was built in 1745. Over the years, the structure, and additions along the way, was a home, tavern, a stopover between Baltimore and York, Pa., and a 102-acre farm.
The main floor has a family room with a working wood-burning fireplace and dentil molding and a full bathroom. The living room's fireplace is decorative. In the kitchen, the wood stove in the hearth works; the breakfast nook, with three sides of windows that look out into the rear yard, features built-in benches. A large built-in hutch adds to the storage space.
Upstairs, the house has a master bedroom suite that features an outfitted walk-in closet, where the cabin's logs are visible; a sitting or dressing room; and skylit bathroom. Another bathroom is shared by two bedrooms, one of which has a blackboard as a floor-to-ceiling wall.
Outside, the front porch wraps around to the side. A rear porch, accessible from the kitchen and dining room, has a brick floor.
Address11806 Greenspring Ave., Owings Mills 21117
Asking price $599,000
Size The home has 2,809 square feet of finished living space. The 1.5-acre lot includes the former smokehouse, much of it original, that's being used as a garden shed; the former dairy that's an office; and a barn.
Features The house has storage throughout, including a padded window seat at the second-floor landing.
The house's original windows have storm windows. Some glass panes in the home are original. Big pine trees shield the property from the road. Towering poplar, maple and other trees provide dappled shade around the property. In addition to the central staircase, a stairwell tucked behind a kitchen door leads to the master suite. The home has oil-fired radiator heat on the main floor, a heat pump for the second floor and central air conditioning.
Listing agents Frank Locke & Del Schmidt, Chase Fitzgerald & Co., Baltimore, 410-323-6000.
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