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SMITH-RINGGOLD HOUSE ca 1760
This exceptional property is a rare find for two important reasons. First, because of its deep and rich history of the County of Kent prominent families who built and lived there. Secondly, because rarely does one find an 18th c. building in such very fine condition so sensitively restored and brought in 21st century.
The present owner spent two-years restoring this worthy treasure beginning by restoring its structural integrity and then adding a new addition, roof and systems. The home has
21st c. wiring, plumbing, baths, heat & air systems and kitchen. Floors are beautifully restored, and each bedroom has a full bath. The “chef’s” kitchen is stunning and sophisticated. The vibrant kitchen color scheme is taken from a section of paneling found.
The house is an evolution of four periods - 18th through 21st centuries. In 1860, the then owner, added a kitchen wing and replaced the original stair with a ornate curved stairway - now a prominent feature in the grand entry hall. The next owner made few changes but added the brick garage. Victorian era porches were removed in the 20th c. The 18th c. terracing to the Chester River remains an historic feature. The woodwork is a complimenting combination of 18th and 19th designs. All mantels are original to the period. .
An outstanding landscape mural by renowned artist Jack Schroeder encircles the walls of the original dining room.
The detached garage could become a studio, sports/media room - or a garage. There is off-street parking in addition in the brick driveway added by present owner.
The Smith-Ringgold house is located among other fine residences on the Chester River in the heart of Chestertown’s outstanding Historic District.
CHESTERTOWN, in the COUNTY OF KENT
Chestertown, the county seat, was founded in 1706 and has a population of 4,500. It is located north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge along one of the most beautiful Eastern Shore rivers. The broad Chester River winds its peaceful way from the Bay to Chestertown, forming a boundary between Kent and Queen Anne’s County to the south.
During 18th century, Chestertown was an important port in the colonial trade with London. In 1774, a British brigantine with a cargo of dutiable tea arrived in Chestertown; the incensed citizens threw the tea overboard. This Tea Party “celebration” is re-enacted annually.
Washington College, located in Chestertown, is an independent, coeducational, non-sectarian, liberal arts and sciences college with about 1,200 students. It was founded in 1782, the first chartered in Maryland and the tenth oldest college in the nation. By the consent of George Washington, the new college was given his name. He contributed to its endowment and visited the campus in 1784. The college plays an important part in the vitality of Kent County.
Chestertown is a swift 50-minute drive from Annapolis, 1.5 hours from Baltimore and Washington, and 1 hour from Wilmington. New York lies 3 .5 hours away. Daily shopping needs can be met locally at Chestertown’s two complete shopping centers and in the specialty shops within the historic district. Other major shopping plus national and international cultural events are available in the nearby metropolitan areas.