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MacAlpine Ellicott City MD Jan 11.JPG
MacAlpine, January 2011
MacAlpine is located in Maryland
MacAlpine is located in the US
Location 3621 MacAlpine Road, Ellicott City, Maryland
Coordinates 39°16′14.7468″N 76°49′46.1892″W / 39.270763000°N 76.829497000°W / 39.270763000; -76.829497000Coordinates: 39°16′14.7468″N 76°49′46.1892″W / 39.270763000°N 76.829497000°W / 39.270763000; -76.829497000
Area 0.7 acres (0.28 ha)
Built 1868 (1868)
Architectural style Second Empire
NRHP Reference # 04001382[1]
Added to NRHP December 23, 2004

MacAlpine, Rebecca's Lot is a historic home located at Ellicott City, Howard County, Maryland, United States. It was built by wealthy Baltimore attorney, James Mackubin, for his second wife, Gabriella Peter, a great-great-granddaughter of Martha Washington. She grew up at nearby Linwood, the daughter of Maj. George Washington Parke Custis Peter, who was the second son of Martha Parke Custis Peter of Tudor Place, Georgetown. She attended the famed Patapsco Female Institute and was a leading society member in Maryland. She was a cousin of Robert E. Lee's wife and his children spent many summers here after his death. Gabriella was known to be gracious but demanding. She initially lived at nearby Grey Rock but refused to stay there long as her husband had shared that home with his first wife. Her daughters were unable to leave her side during her lifetime, especially after the accidental 1903 death of her youngest son, Parke Custis, rendering them middle-aged spinsters at the time of her death.

The Mackubins raised five children here:

  1. Ella Mackubin (1870–1956): unmarried;
  2. George Mackubin (1872–1964): married Maud Tayloe Perrin of Gloucester County, Virginia; He was the founder of McKubin & Company in 1899, now Legg Mason. Had issue: one son; two daughters (twins).
  3. Parke Custis Mackubin (1873–1903): unmarried; killed in a logging accident on his farm on Kent Island, Eareckson Farm. Had issue: one son.
  4. Emily Boyce Mackubin (1876–1946): unmarried; philanthropist.
  5. Mildred Lee Mackubin (1878–1956): married Arthur Gordon (after Gabriella's death) but no children.

The property was sold after the death of Emily Mackubin in 1946 and subsequently subdivided into the present Dunloggin neighborhood. The family is buried at nearby St. John's Church where they were active members.[2]

It is a 2 12-story, three-bay by two-bay frame, nineteen room structure clad in novelty siding with corner boards, with a mansard roof covered with wood shingles. When built in 1868, the house had a low hip roof possibly changed to reflect the new mansard style as at her father's summer home, Linwood.[3] The stone slave quarters were built about 1840 reside several houses south of the MacApline house. The Mackubin's owned at least 11 slaves on the property in the years prior to the civil war[3][4] Mrs Mackubin's cousin was the daughter of General Robert E. Lee[5]

In 1947, land developer Marcus A Wakefield Jr. purchased the MacApline site subdividing the property for the Dunloggin neighborhood leaving four lots around the MacApline building. In 1974, the property was denied zoning to be converted to an antique store. The house was restored throughout the 1970s and 1980s by resident owners with the surrounding property reduced to less than an acre.

MacAlpine was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ James A Clark Jr. Jim Clark Soldier Farmer Legislator. p. 22. 
  3. ^ a b Kenneth M. Short (June 2003). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: MacAlpine" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  4. ^ "A House That Aims In Graciousness of Living In The Earlier Days". Sun Magazine. 4 December 1966. 
  5. ^ Kobren, Gerri (20 October 1985). "A PEEK AT THE PAST: Refurbished Victorian mansion is Ellicott City show house". Th Baltimore Sun. 

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