Cedar Park House 1702, Anne Arundel County, Maryland.


Cedar Park was originally constructed in 1702 as a 1 1/2 story post-in-the-ground dwelling with handhewn timbers, riven clapboards and with chimneys at both gables. The oldest portion, the one story hall-and-parlor section and porch tower, is the earliest surviving earthfast constructed house in Maryland and Virginia. Its massive timber frame rested on 12 hole-set posts and its exterior walls, roof and porch tower were originally sheathed in oak clapboards. It survived until this day only because of continuous repairs, a series of additions and, in the mid eighteenth century, the wooden structure was underpinned with a brick foundation and faced with a brick skin. [357] You may read more about Cedar Park's history by clicking here.

 

Photo of Historic Cedar Park House, Maryland

 

View of West side of Cedar Park.

 

Photo of Cedar Park Brickwork

 

Mid eighteenth century decorative brickwork on a pilaster featuring blue glazed headers.

On the right is pure "header bond" brickwork which covered most of the house.

 

Sketch by Delos H. Smith 1940

 

A 1940 sketch of the additions to Cedar Park by Delos H. Smith.

 

Cedar Park East View

 

On the east side of the house, a two-story addition projects from the older section.

The first floor of this wing was built of brick circa 1800; the second story of frame was added circa 1835.

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