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LAURETUM  ca 1881


Chestertown in County of Kent

"Lauretum ca .1881 is a most extraordinary building, by far the best example of picturesque architecture on the Eastern Shore." declared Maryland Historic Trust.

This rare property of 6.025 acres sits on a rise above Chestertown in the County of Kent. . Since the property lies within Chestertown town limits, it features public water and sewer. Six bedrooms, six and a half baths.

Wide verandas, double-tiered porches, sunroom and multiple patios epitomize this era. Lauretum was constructed in 1881 for Harrison W. Vickers, a prominent figure in the civic, business, and political life of Maryland, with a portion of his $75,000 Louisiana Lottery winnings.

Rich historic details remain as built by preservation-minded owners who have tastefully brought the property into the 21st century.  Elements such as the variegated mahogany flooring, elaborate ceiling plasterwork and brilliant colored window lights speak to the exuberance of the Victorian period. The amazing construction is stucco over brick. All interior walls are plaster over brick.

This fine property includes exemplary original details & exceptional architecture including granite windowsills and random colored windowpanes. Elaborate plasterwork and moldings. High ceilings and long windows. Towers and tower rooms. Original interior shutters and beaded paneling, Original restored wood floors, five fireplaces, three with slate or marble surrounds, Beautiful new "Chef's kitchen. Rooms are sun-filled and inviting.

Park-like setting of mature trees, gardens, patios and porches. Custom designed wood fencing. Lovely gardens and mature trees. Garage and workshop. 

Lauretum has been, primarily, a residence for the Owners when they lived at Lauretum. There was also a Bed & Breakfast element.  The Owners now reside and work ion Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, hence, Lauretum was offered for sale.