Rare Opportunity to Own Gorgeous “Mulberry Fields” Estate in Maryland

April 9, 2024
19700 Mulberry Fields Road, Leonardtown, MD

Historic property, on nearly 500 acres, has a mile-long view of the Potomac River

Nestled on nearly 500 acres of lush and fertile land, “Mulberry Fields” is a gem that has captivated history enthusiasts, preservationists, and estate seekers alike. Constructed in 1755, this property represents a unique and rare opportunity for discerning buyers to own a piece of Maryland’s rich heritage.

This magnificent estate is listed by Kornelia Stuphan at the Georgetown office of Long & Foster Real Estate, exclusive member of Forbes Global Properties. Located at 19700 Mulberry Fields Road in Leonardtown, Maryland, the home has six bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and one half bathroom, and is being offered for $30 million.

Situated close to Leonardtown, Lexington Park, and Solomon’s Island, the estate provides access to numerous wineries, shops, art galleries, and restaurants, with convenient transportation options, including Deerfield Airport, for private jets and St. Mary’s County Regional Airport. It is also within a 75-minute drive to Washington, D.C., less than two hours to Baltimore, slightly more than three hours to Philadelphia and four and a half hours to New York City.

The Maryland Historical Trust Deed of Easement allows limited industrial or commercial activities to be conducted at Mulberry Fields as long as the external appearances of its buildings are not altered.

“Whether you’re seeking a family compound with ample space for everyone or just a beautiful estate away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this property is for you,” said Stuphan. “A corporation or non-profit could also purchase the estate to use as a meeting/conference center to host visitors or run their operations from this historic location.”

Mulberry Fields has held a place of honor on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973. It is protected by a Maryland Historical Trust Deed of Easement, allowing for limited industrial or commercial activities as long as the external appearances of its buildings remain unaltered. The estate also adheres to a Conservation Easement, a Historical Preservation Easement, and three Road Easements.

Approximately 100 acres of the land are leased for farming, and an additional 300 acres comprise a pristine forest. Additionally, the U.S. Navy leases a part of the property along the Potomac River to use as a navigation signal. The property is home to six occupied rental units within historic buildings and the potential for more with strategic renovations. These properties currently generate an income of $70,000 annually.

Built in the grand Georgian style, Mulberry Fields is the only remaining Georgian manor house in St. Mary’s County, a testament to the region’s historical significance. As you approach the property along the cedar-lined driveway, you’ll be transported back in time. The south facade of the manor house overlooks the awe-inspiring “Avenue Field,” a mile-long vista of tree-lined splendor leading to the Potomac River’s white sand shoreline.

The interior of the manor house reflects a simple and educated taste, with features that include a wide center hall extending from the front to the back of the home. Front formal rooms include the great room and dining room with deep window sills, original hardwood flooring and walls adorned with rectangular raised panels from floor to ceiling. These exquisite details make Mulberry Fields one of the most completely paneled 18th-century houses in Maryland. The house retains most of its original moldings, doors, and mantels, while modern amenities such as air conditioning and heating have been thoughtfully integrated.

Strategic and thoughtful plans for renovation, approved by the Historic Trust, are in place, promising to further return the property to its full grandeur. These renovation plans include enlarging the kitchen and bathrooms and adding another wing to the house, all designed to preserve the historical integrity of the estate.

Flanking the north entrance of the manor house, you’ll find two historic dependencies, both featuring two-story high brick construction. These buildings, known as “The Kitchen” and “The Weaving House,” were once used as service buildings for the estate, housing various staff members responsible for maintaining the household’s operations.

“The Kitchen” has been remodeled and now serves as a charming guest cottage. “The Weaving House” retains its original historic riven clapboard partition walls, floors, doors, and hardware. Several other historic buildings, such as the “Dairy”, the “Meat/Smoke House,” and about 20 barns are scattered across the property.

Learn more about this spectacular estate by visiting Kornelia Stuphan’s website here.

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