Gresham (Edgewater, Maryland)

Coordinates: 38°54′36″N 76°31′44″W / 38.91000°N 76.52889°W / 38.91000; -76.52889
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Front view of Gresham House
Gresham (Edgewater, Maryland) is located in Maryland
Gresham (Edgewater, Maryland)
Gresham (Edgewater, Maryland) is located in the United States
Gresham (Edgewater, Maryland)
Location784 Mayo Rd., Edgewater, Maryland
Coordinates38°54′36″N 76°31′44″W / 38.91000°N 76.52889°W / 38.91000; -76.52889
Builtlate 1700s
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Greek Revival
NRHP reference No.84001342[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 7, 1984

Gresham is a historic home near Edgewater, Maryland. It is a large 2+12-story frame dwelling built in the late 1700s.[2]

John Gresham II lived at Gresham after 1686 on land owned by land-grant pioneer Captain Edward Selby.[3]

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.[3] He occupied the property beginning in the early 19th century until his controversial death there in 1861[2] 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 Register Information System – (#84001342)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Norman, Barbara A. (April 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Gresham" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Mullins, Caroline L. Britt (1996). The History of Mayo, Maryland. Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press. ISBN 978-0-9665607-0-1 as summarized at "History of our Area". Selby on the Bay. Selby Community Association. August 26, 1999. Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
  4. ^ Pitts, Jonathan (May 14, 2011). "Commodore Mayo: A man of adventure and tragedy". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on February 27, 2021. Retrieved December 25, 2022.

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