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
Grove Farm Wildlife Management Area
Earleville, Cecil County, Maryland
A testament of Tidewater heritage, the Grove Farm was built in the early 19th century by the prominent Tilghman and Earle families, two families that called the Maryland Eastern Shore their home since the 1600s. It is likely that the estate was a plantation managed by tenants and worked by slaves or indentured servants just like many of the other plantations that dotted Grove Point. The proximity to the Sassafras River and Pond Creek allowed the easy import of necessities and luxuries as well as the export of agricultural products to market. Today, the nearness to these waters and protected lands provides an abundance of wildlife and privacy, as well as recreational opportunities such as hunting, hiking, and boating.
The large house has plenty of space and is suitable for contemporary living with a total of 6 bedrooms, 4 baths, a library, den, and multiple sun porches. Although the property has a new roof, storm windows and gutters, the DNR is looking for a partner to invest approximately $150,000 - $200,000 in the restoration of the house over a 5-7 years period. Much of the work is cosmetic, but the kitchen will require upgrades, as well as the septic, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC.
Families, non-profits, and commercial entities are welcome to apply as long as their vision for the property is in-keeping with the mission of the Wildlife Management Area. Tours of the property are available by appointment only. Please call 410-260-8412 for additional information.
Deadline for proposals is June 30, 2014.
How can you get on the Interested Parties Mailing List?
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.