- - Thursday, June 21, 2012

History and style go hand in hand in a spacious 1840s Accokeek estate that has been restored meticulously. The 4,000-square-foot plantation home, known as both Bellevue and the Beall-Marshall Home, boasts an impressive past.

Situated on more than 10 acres today, the home originally served as the main residence on a tobacco plantation encompassing more than 400 acres. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was owned by three prominent Prince George’s County families in the late 1700s and 1800s, the Beall, Hardisty and Marshall families.

Most of the original plantation was subdivided and sold during the 1930s and ‘40s.

On the market for $949,000, the house is located at 315 Farmhouse Road and offers a ton of character. The private, gated estate has both wooded and open-space views with professional landscaping. One of the highlights of the landscape is a white ash tree believed to be more than 250 years old.

Recognized as a great example of an early-19th-century home, the house features numerous decorative elements in the Greek Revival style, including an open-string two-run staircase with heavy turned balusters. The house has been well-maintained and includes many of its original features, including the hardwood floors found throughout.

Instead of a full center hall, the home features a side-hall double parlor, or living room, as it’s called today. The hall contains an elegant chandelier, wood staircase and large window.

The Greek Revival style is evident through a number of features, including small windows, low doors, plaster egg-and-dart ceiling molding and a gabled roof. Additionally, many of the door frames have bull’s-eye blocks at the corners.

The entire house is made cozy by five large working wood-burning fireplaces, found in the living room, dining room, family room, kitchen and master bedroom.

An extra-wide entryway separates the formal living room from the formal dining room. They are equally spacious, and the dining room features a chandelier accented with a ceiling medallion. A smaller room nearby serves as the library and has a wall of built-ins for books or decorating.

The dine-in kitchen, with its hardwood floors and fireplace, blends in with the rest of the home but also has updated features including modern black appliances, stylish cabinetry and granite countertops. A two-story cathedral ceiling makes the room feel airy. Two built-in corner cupboards offer plenty of storage space.

The main house contains four bedrooms and two full bathrooms.

An extra-large foyer hall with detailed molding greets guests as they approach the second level. The master bedroom is a spacious retreat with wooded views out of two windows. The sunny main-hall bath, shared by the master bedroom and the second bedroom on this level, boasts marble floors, a stand-up shower with marble surround and a pedestal sink.

Two more bedrooms, a small sitting room with built-ins and a full bath are on the third level.

In addition, the property comes with a quaint guesthouse and a small building known as a Greek folly. The guesthouse features a bedroom, full bathroom and a kitchenette, while the charming folly has a sleeping loft - which being used as an office - and a full bathroom.

The property has plenty of entertaining areas both inside and outside. Exterior features include two patios, a large deck, a hot tub, a play area and room for horses. There’s also a screened orangery and a side porch.


Address: 315 Farmhouse Road, Accokeek, MD 20607

Community: Accokeek

Homeowners association fee: None

Age:Built in 1840

Price: $949,000

Size: 4,000 square feet on a lot of more than 10 acres

Exterior features: Historic 19th-century plantation-style home with gabled roof; gated estate, stone walkways, two porches, two patios, deck, hot tub, room for horses, professional landscaping

Interior features: Four bedrooms, two baths, hardwood floors, detailed molding, ceiling medallions, built-ins, granite counters, screened-in orangery

Amenities: Five fireplaces, guesthouse with one bedroom and bathroom, and a Greek folly with a sleeping loft and bathroom

Schools: Accokeek Academy (pre-kindergarten through eighth grade), Gwynn Park High

Close by: Piscataway Park, National Colonial Farm, National Golf Club at Tantallon, National Harbor, Fort Washington, Waldorf, shopping, dining

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Daniel Lusk of Long & Foster Real Estate at 703/683-0400, Ext. 6614

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