The Maryland Resident Curatorship Program
Ever dreamed of living in an historic house surrounded by beautiful State Park, Forest, or other protected land? Are you interested in becoming a steward of both historic and natural resources? Then the DNR wants you!
Pioneered in 1982, the Maryland Resident Curatorship Program offers lucky Curators the right to lifetime tenancy in an historic property in exchange for restoring it, maintaining it in good condition, and periodically sharing it with the public. From the mountain regions of Western Maryland to Assateague Island, the program has nearly 60 Curatorships in operation, each offering a special glimpse into the history of Maryland.
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Available Historic Properties
Susquehanna State Park
Havre de Grace, Harford County, Maryland
Situated on 11.6 acres of quiet, secluded land within the boundaries of Susquehanna State Park is the historic Gardner Farm. Constructed ca. 1845, this substantially built stone structure is an excellent example of the local building traditions of Harford County and is listed in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. The house is 2-1/2 stories tall and includes six rooms and two stair cases as well as a wing which contains a kitchen, bathroom and additional living space. In addition to the main house, the bucolic property boasts a number of outbuildings including a spring house, smoke house, barn, hog houses, garages, etc. which are available for use by the curator.
Susquehanna State Park offers a number of recreational activities and amenities ranging from fishing and boating to hiking and equestrian trails. The park is also home to the Rock Run Historic area which includes the Rock Run Grist Mill, Carter Archer Mansion, Jersey Toll House and portions of the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal. As the Gardner Farm is located within park boundaries, all of these activities are close at hand for curators to take advantage of. The Gardner Farm is located just minutes off of I-95 and is within commuting distance of both Baltimore and Wilmington, Delaware.
The DNR is looking for a partner to invest approximately $150,000 - $200,000 in the restoration of the house over a 5-7 year period. Families, non-profits, and commercial entities are welcome to apply as long as their vision for the property is in-keeping with preservation standards and the mission of the Maryland Park Service. Tours of the property are available by appointment only. Please call 410-260-8457 for additional information.
Deadline for proposals is January 16, 2015.
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To be added to the Resident-Curatorship Interested Parties List, simply complete and submit the Online Form, and you will automatically receive notices about new offerings when they are made.