Poplar Hill Mansion

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Poplar Hill Mansion
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Poplar Hill Mansion is located in Maryland
Poplar Hill Mansion
Location 117 Elizabeth St., Salisbury, Maryland
Coordinates 38°22′17″N 75°35′43″W / 38.37139°N 75.59528°W / 38.37139; -75.59528Coordinates: 38°22′17″N 75°35′43″W / 38.37139°N 75.59528°W / 38.37139; -75.59528
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Federal
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP October 07, 1971

The Poplar Hill Mansion is a historic U.S. mansion located at 117 Elizabeth Street, Salisbury, Maryland and is open to the public as a house museum.[2]


Major Levin Handy purchased 357 acres (1.44 km2) of land outside of Salisbury in 1795 and began construction of this Federal-style building later that year.[2] Due to lack of funds stemming from severe medical problems, Major Handy discontinued construction of the mansion and put it up for sale in 1803.[2] In 1805, Dr. John D. Huston purchased the incomplete house and continued its construction.[2] Sarah Huston, Dr. Huston's widow inherited the estate, which included eighteen enslaved people and $110. She sold some of the property for development in the late 1840s to early 1850s.[2] In 1881, George Waller purchased the estate and his family lived there until 1945.[2] In 1945, Fred A. Adkins purchased the property and renovated the house, modernizing it.[2] In 1948, Mr. & Mrs. Ward A Garber purchased the estate.[2] In 1970, Wicomico County purchased the estate and the mansion was placed in public trust in 1974 under the ownership of the City of Salisbury.[2] In 1971, Poplar Hill Mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Architectural features[edit]

Some of the architectural features of the mansion include:[2]

  • Tall proportions
  • Bold gable-fronted facade
  • Large sash windows
  • Delicate & intricate Federal or neoclassical style woodwork
  • Finely detailed Palladian windows on the hall landing to the second floor & over the front door

Ghost Legend[edit]

According to legend, a slave girl named Sara perished in the house after her dress caught on fire in the second floor rear bedroom during the Huston period.[2] Sara now appears as a "consoling" spirit.[2]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Poplar Hill Mansion. "Poplar Hill Mansion" brochure, July 2001.

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