Wye River (plantation)

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Wye Hall
Wye River (plantation) is located in Maryland
Wye River (plantation)
Wye River (plantation) is located in the United States
Wye River (plantation)
Location505 Wye Hall Dr., near Queenstown, Maryland
Coordinates38°53′20″N 76°7′7″W / 38.88889°N 76.11861°W / 38.88889; -76.11861Coordinates: 38°53′20″N 76°7′7″W / 38.88889°N 76.11861°W / 38.88889; -76.11861
Area212 acres (86 ha)
Built1936 (1936)
ArchitectTilden, Register and Pepper
Architectural styleGeorgian Revival
NRHP reference No.15000759[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 2, 2015

The Wye River plantation, or Wye Hall was the Eastern Shore of Maryland home of William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence,[2] constructed in 1765, and extensively renovated in 1790 by John Paca, with Joseph Clark as architect, at a cost of $20,000.[3][4] He gained ownership of the property in Queen Anne's County, Maryland, through his wife, Mary Chew.[5] John Beale Bordley and Margaret Chew inherited the other half of Wye Island.

William Paca is buried at the family cemetery there. The Paca residence burned down in 1879.[6][7] The University of Maryland, College Park conducted archeological work there.[8]

Wye Hall was built in the 1930s on the site of the estate of William Paca. In 1999, it was purchased by Leland C. Brendsel.[9] A mechanic's lien was filed for work done there.[6]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ John Thomas Scharf (1879). History of Maryland from the Earliest Period to the Present Day. J. B. Piet. p. 225.
  4. ^ James D. Kornwolf, Georgiana Wallis Kornwolf (2002). Architecture and town planning in colonial North America. JHU Press. p. 1464. ISBN 978-0-8018-5986-1.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Biography of Mary Chew Paca". Colonial Hall. 2005-01-05. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  6. ^ a b Grzincic, Barbara (2005). "Court of Special Appeals awards Wye Hall contractor right to". The Daily Record.
  7. ^ Hester D. Richardson (1995). Side-Lights on Maryland History. Clearfield Company. ISBN 978-0-8063-0296-6.
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ Shin, Annys (2005-09-30). "Ex-Freddie Mac Chief Loses Lease". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-04-16.

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