- The Washington Times - Friday, March 8, 2002

A beautifully restored, 19th-century manor house on 13 acres in the horse country of Upper Marlboro is on the market. Built in 1855, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has five outbuildings and is priced at $995,000.

The outbuildings include two barns where owners Andrew and Sarah Duley stable 20 horses. Each of the barns contains a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment with a kitchen and living room.

The manor house has four bedrooms and 2½ baths.

"No one had lived here for eight years" when the couple bought the house five years ago, Mrs. Duley said. "No one had done any restoration work to it for at least 20 years."

The Duleys completed a comprehensive restoration about a year ago, replacing the plumbing and electrical systems and installing three-zone heating and central air conditioning.

They retained the house's 10 original fireplaces, nine of them with marble mantels.

They refinished the original wide-plank pine floors that are in almost every room in the house, including the first-floor powder room and master bathroom.

They modernized the country kitchen, adding granite counters, top-of-the-line appliances and a floor of off-white ceramic tile with tumbled-marble accents. The kitchen has a center island and table space and an adjacent walk-in pantry.

The Duleys replaced a dilapidated old porch with a sunny bay area open to the first-floor family room, Mrs. Duley said, and retained the house's spacious covered front and rear porches.

One of the most striking features retained in the house is a huge carved newel post at the bottom of the formal staircase in the entry hall. Demonstrating how the top lifts off the post, Mrs. Duley said, "Years ago, people would put important documents in it."

There are sidelights and transom windows of etched glass around the front door.

The ceilings in the entry hall and throughout the first floor are 12 feet tall. There is a double parlor: two adjacent rooms that Mrs. Duley said they use as a living room and study. She noted, however, that there are large pocket doors, 10 feet tall, that can be opened between these rooms to create one very large room. There is a second set of 10-foot pocket doors in the living room that can close off a floor-to-ceiling bay.

There are fireplaces in each of these rooms as well as in the dining room, family room and kitchen on the first floor. On the second floor, there are fireplaces in each of the four bedrooms and in the master bath.

The fireplace in the kitchen is a salmon pink marble, and the Duleys chose black for the granite counters with flecks of salmon pink. To tie it all together, they created a matching black granite hearth for the salmon fireplace. There is a built-in china cabinet in the kitchen that is original to the house.

A crystal chandelier that is original to the house is in the dining room, and crystal chandeliers also are used elsewhere, including in the kitchen.

All the walls and deep crown moldings are plaster, Mrs. Duley said, as are the ceiling medallions.

The family room is carpeted in off-white Berber, and it has a built-in cabinet that is original to the house.

There is a ceiling fan in the sun bay, which has a view of rolling pastures and a door to the back yard.

The house has front and rear staircases. The formal front staircase winds past the second floor to the third-floor attic. The attic has a pine floor and plaster walls but hasn't been finished. It has two sets of three small windows two arched and one round set in dormers at each end of the house.

On the second floor, the Duleys sacrificed a fifth bedroom to create a master bath. It has a whirlpool tub with a heater to keep the water warm, a double shower, two vanities and a crystal chandelier. The hall bath on this floor also has a whirlpool tub and separate shower.

The four bedrooms are large, as are all the rooms in the house.

The master bedroom has French doors to a private balcony that is above the living-room bay. There is a huge walk-in closet with a pocket door to a second-floor laundry room. The laundry room also has a door to the hall.

The house is made of wood siding with a tin roof. It has a basement with brick walls and a dirt floor. There are steps to the yard from the basement through slanted storm doors.

Known as Waverly, the property is in the Croom area off Route 301 south of the center of Upper Marlboro, which is the seat of Prince George's County. It was once an area of tobacco farms.

It is 15 miles from the Beltway interchange with Route 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue), and is in commuting distance to Annapolis as well as to Washington.

A future owner might board horses and rent out the apartments in the barns to generate income, Mrs. Duley noted.


Address: 8901 Duvall Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Community: Croom

Age: Built 1855

Price: $995,000

Size: About 6,000 square feet on lot of 13 acres

Taxes: $3,898 in tax year 2001

Exterior features: Historic Colonial manor house with tin roof, covered front and rear porches, balcony, circular driveway, five outbuildings: two barns with stables, each with one-bedroom one-bath apartment above, detached garage, smokehouse, summer kitchen

Interior features: Center hall, formal living and dining rooms, first-floor parlor, first-floor family room, modern kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, second-floor laundry room, attic, basement, three-zone gas and electric heat, electric central air conditioning

Amenities: Ten fireplaces, 12-foot ceilings, plaster walls, plaster crown moldings and ceiling medallions, front and rear staircases, wide-plank pine floors, floor-to-ceiling bays, pocket doors, crystal chandeliers, ceiling fan, granite kitchen countertops, built-in china cabinet, walk-in pantry, two whirlpool tubs, etched glass windows

Schools: Mattaponi Elementary, James Madison Middle, Douglas High

Close by: Five to 10 miles to shopping in Upper Marlboro, 15 miles to the Beltway at Route 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue) interchange

Open house: Sunday, March 10, 1-4 p.m.

Contact: Mary Smirnow, Long & Foster Real Estate, 301/203-3145 or 301/292-3690, Ext. 223.

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