Commodore Joshua Barney House

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Commodore Joshua Barney House
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Commodore Joshua Barney House is located in Maryland
Commodore Joshua Barney House
Commodore Joshua Barney House is located in the United States
Commodore Joshua Barney House
Location7912 Savage-Guilford Rd., Savage, Maryland
Coordinates39°9′17″N 76°49′54″W / 39.15472°N 76.83167°W / 39.15472; -76.83167Coordinates: 39°9′17″N 76°49′54″W / 39.15472°N 76.83167°W / 39.15472; -76.83167
Area6.7 acres (2.7 ha)
Built1811 (1811)
NRHP reference No.78001470[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 25, 1978

The Commodore Joshua Barney House is a historic home located at Savage, Howard County, Maryland, United States.[2] It was originally situated on a 700-acre tract in modern Savage Maryland named Harry's Lot, at a time when the closest town was Elk Ridge. In 1809, Nathaniel F. Williams (1782-1864) married Caroline Barney, daughter of Joshua Barney, who in turn expanded an existing mill site on the property to create the Savage Mill.[3]

It has three sections: the original ​2 12-story brick house built by Charles Greenberry Ridgley Sr. about 1760, a 2-story frame addition built in 1941, and a one-story frame addition to the west, built in 1946.[4] The interior of the house was altered during the 1940s when it was used as a boys' school, and about 1960 when it was converted into apartments. Its significance is tied to Commodore Joshua Barney, who was a hero of the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and who lived in the house until his death in 1818.[5] The house is situated near the Ridgley family cemetery.[6] It was operated as a bed and breakfast inn starting in 2000, until being placed on the market for $1.2 million in 2012.[7] The house never sold, and had been vacant and neglected until 2017.[8] The house is currently an occupied private residence. The seven remaining undeveloped acres surrounding the structure place it at risk of incompatible development and has been placed on the 2014 and 2015 top 10 most endangered properties list by Preservation Howard County.[9][10]

The Commodore Joshua Barney House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Ruth Besse (17 May 1985). "Traveling Back in time". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication (259/265): 39. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Howard County Historical Society. Images of America, Howard County. p. 28.
  5. ^ Bob Gillette Skaggs (1977). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Commodore Joshua Barney House" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Two Families County Estates". The Times (Ellicott City). 31 March 1965.
  7. ^ "Joshua Barney House in Savage on the market". The Baltimore Sun. 19 July 2012.
  8. ^ "War hero's vacant historic house in Savage faces uncertain future". The Baltimore Sun. 20 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Top 10 endangered historical sites in Howard County". The Baltimore Sun. 15 July 2014.
  10. ^ Amanda Yeager (26 May 2015). "Former school tops Howard County's endangered sites list". The Baltimore Sun.

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