Gresham (Edgewater, Maryland)

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Gresham (Edgewater, Maryland) is located in Maryland
Gresham (Edgewater, Maryland)
Gresham (Edgewater, Maryland) is located in the US
Gresham (Edgewater, Maryland)
Location 784 Mayo Rd., Edgewater, Maryland
Coordinates 38°54′36″N 76°31′44″W / 38.91000°N 76.52889°W / 38.91000; -76.52889Coordinates: 38°54′36″N 76°31′44″W / 38.91000°N 76.52889°W / 38.91000; -76.52889
Built 1861
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Greek Revival
NRHP reference # 84001342[1]
Added to NRHP September 07, 1984

Gresham is a historic home near Edgewater, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. It is a large ​2 12-story frame dwelling built by John Gresham II after 1686 on land owned by land-grant pioneer Captain Edward Selby.[2]

After the Selby heirs suffered financial setbacks, the plantation was owned briefly by the pirate William Cotter and then by assorted members of Colonel Nicholas Gassaway's family (his daughter Jane having married Cotter), including the sons of Captain John Gassaway, Lord High Sheriff of Annapolis. The Gresham family continued to own the house on rented Gassaway land then known as Cotter's Desire. Gresham is most associated with Commodore Isaac Mayo, who received it from his uncle who had purchased the property and house from the Cotter/Gassaway heirs around 1765.[2] He occupied the property beginning in the early 19th century until his controversial death there in 1861.[3] at the dawn of the Civil war he openly opposed.[4]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Mullins, Caroline, History of Mayo Maryland, Gateway Press, Baltimore, 1996 as summarized at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  3. ^ Barbara A. Norman (April 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Gresham" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  4. ^ retrieved 5/19/2011

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