And, meanwhile, back on American soil…a brisk, sunny September Sunday heralded the first autumnal historic house tour!
Just a short drive from Washington, is the other Montpelier, located in Laurel, Maryland. Built between 1781 and 1785 by Major Thomas Snowden, the house is a picture-perfect five-part Georgian Palladian mansion. While the Snowden holdings once included several thousand acres of land and a view of the Patuxent River, the house still sits on 70 beautiful acres of park land ~ the green rolling hills of which give one the sense of being in the middle of nowhere (despite the fact that one is less than a mile from the highway!). The interiors are most interesting for their simple architectural details, although there are several original pieces of Snowden furniture and porcelain (and some lovely textiles). My favorite part of the tour however, was the lovely little Colonial-style garden, and an original 18th-century summer house which is set in a maze of overgrown old-growth boxwood.
(Anne ~ I have clearly caught your garden obsession!)