Thursday, December 26, 2013

Aloha to the Montpelier Mansion (part 1)

Major Thomas Snowden served in the Revolutionary War.   He built Montpelier Mansion near the Patuxent River in present day Laurel, Maryland.   From its website (link),

A fine example of Georgian architecture popular in Maryland in the late 1700's, Montpelier Mansion sits on approximately 70 acres of beautiful parkland. Architectural and building construction details, as well as historical research, suggest that the house was constructed between 1781 and 1785. Major Thomas Snowden and his wife Anne, original owners of Montpelier Mansion, welcomed many distinguished guests into their home, including George Washington and Abigail Adams. 

Notice the bronze plaque to the right of the door ... Montpelier Mansion is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

We entered through the kitchen, purchased our tickets, and wandered through the "hyphen" - the small galley that connected the dining wing to the living quarters of the house.

The staff pay homage to the nearby historic Laurel Park racetrack.

Who wouldn't love this high-and-comfy canopy bed?!?!

Notice the secret compartment with the servants' stairs.

The grand hall was decorated with cheer ...

... with timeless charm.

We'll explore more of this historic house in a future post.

How did you spend Boxing Day?


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City



  1. I love looking at these pics. I'm sorry that I never got to see this when we were station at Andrews AFB. We did go to Mount Vernon a few times, which I really enjoyed.

    I went shopping for a bit today in Tampa, and when I got back, we had dinner. We return to Boca tomorrow. I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas Kim.

  2. Great pics - I like the ornaments. I'm still doing dishes and cleaning up a bit after having a late Christmas dinner. We may venture out tomorrow lol.

  3. Boxing Day was quiet except to go to the book store.

  4. Great pictures! We took an extra day off, closed the store and just puttered around the house.

  5. Fun photos Kim! That bed is quite something. As for Boxing Day, we went to my sister's house to celebrate my niece's birthday and ate lots of spaghetti. It was fun.