Todd Farmhouse (Fort Howard, Maryland)
|Location||9000 Old North Point Rd. (MD 20), Fort Howard, Maryland|
|Architectural style||Italianate, Federal|
|Governing body||Department of Natural Resources, State of Maryland|
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|Added to NRHP||October 18, 1973|
Todd Farmhouse is a historic home located at Fort Howard, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. It is a 2 1⁄2-story, brick dwelling that is three bays in width. Although initially of a Federal architecture inspired plan, later Italianate alterations dominate its present exterior appearance. It features a steeply pitched gable roof. Also on the property are several farm buildings and a family cemetery.
In 1664, Thomas Todd made the first purchase of land in what would become over 1000 acres of Baltimore County, MD. During the War of 1812, the house, which overlooks Shallow Creek and the Chesapeake Bay, was used by the Todd family as a lookout point to observe the approaching British Fleet. When troops were spotted coming ashore, family members would sound an alarm. As they withdrew from Baltimore on September 14, 1814, following the Battle of North Point, the British burned the house in retaliation. The Todd farmhouse was one of the few private properties burned by the British.
The house was rebuilt in 1816 and remodeled in 1867. The Todd family owned the property until the early 1970s, when it was purchased by Mr. Elmer H. Cook, a teacher and historian who grew up in the Fort Howard area. After his death in 1996, the house stood vacant and was vandalized. It underwent further renovations in 2009, and was opened to the public as part of the annual Defenders Day celebrations held in September.
The Todd House is owned by the State of Maryland and overseen by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. An all-volunteer group, Todd's Inheritance Historic Site, Inc., is responsible for daily operations.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.
- "Maryland Historical Trust". National Register of Historic Places: Todd Farmhouse. Maryland Historical Trust. 2008-10-05.
- "The Baltimore Sun". Elmer H. Cook Jr., 54, teacher, owner of Todds Inheritance. The Baltimore Sun. 1996-09-14.
- "The Baltimore Sun". House involved in another battle: Historic: The Todd House in North Point, a focal point during the War of 1812, is in need of renovations after vandalism, but state and county officials disagree about how to save the site. The Baltimore Sun. 1999-01-26.
- Todd's Inheritance Historic Site, Inc. website
- Todd Farmhouse, Baltimore County, including photo from 1973, at Maryland Historical Trust
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