Did you know . . . a Gaither once owned the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence . . .

Did you know that a Gaither once owned the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence? According to accounts prepared by the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties, "Thomas H. and Sophia B. Gaither of Howard County, Maryland, purchased the house at 207 Hanover Street , Annapolis, Maryland in 1896, which was once owned by Maryland Signer of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Stone. A veteran of the Civil War, Thomas, and wife Sophia, purchased the house as a wedding gift for their daughter, Georgiana, who married 'Collector of the Port" James Lawrence Bailliere. The 1900 Census lists Mr. & Mrs. Bailliere and two sons as living there. With the death of Bailliere in 1917, Georgiana moved to Baltimore to be near her family."

The house sits directly across from the Naval Academy. The three-block area within which it lies is considered by some to be one of the most historically significant residential neighborhoods in America. Historic Annapolis, Inc. reports that, “Unique to Annapolis is the unusual number of existing homes of famous men who shaped the destiny of our country in its earliest days. All four of Maryland’s signers of the Declaration of Independence owned houses that survive to this day in Annapolis, and three of those houses are within this 3-block neighborhood of ‘Signer’ Thomas Stone and, later, Thomas Gaither’s house.

If you’d like to own this former Gaither home, you’re in luck. It’s currently for sale for $2.5 million! The Coldwell Banker real estate firm describes it in this way - - “This landmark house has, through the years, been under the stewardship of a long list of illustrious Annapolitans. Built circa 1761, it offers generous living areas on three levels, 5 bedrooms plus office and sitting rooms, a lovely 250-year-old boxwood garden, widow’s walk with an incredible 360-degree view of Annapolis, garage space for 8 cars, set on a brick street adjacent to the U.S. Naval Academy and in the presence of the Academy Chapel, this house retains its historic elegance.”

It’s fun to reflect on our “illustrious” ancestor/prior owner adding the Captain’s/Widow’s Walk that is featured in the house’s sales pitch today. If you have more information on this topic, please comment by clicking on the “Leave a reply” or “Reply” button below. If you have a “Did You Know . . .” story you would like to share, click here and complete the entry form.

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