Photo credit: Amhiatt , 05/1975

Property Name: Burrages End
Date Listed: 4/11/1973
Inventory No.: AA-257
Location: Bountys View Lane, Tracys Landing, Anne Arundel County

Description: Originally the home of tobacco planter John Welsh, this small 1 ½-story frame house with gambrel roof is an example of an early southern Maryland farmhouse. The house is located on a hillock in southern Anne Arundel County. Beneath its lean-to porch on the south façade is a door, east of which are two windows with 9/6 sashes. On the second story are two shed dormer windows. Above the overhanging box cornice and also under the porch roof is a short kneewall covered with riven oak clapboards tapered and overlapped with a beaded edge. This latter feature indicates the presence of a lean-to porch in the 18th century. On the east gable are two exterior chimneys, the north one having been reconstructed by the 1972 owners, and incorporated into a new kitchen wing. The north façade has the same fenestration as the south; however, the area of the lean-to porch has been made into an additional room, and a smaller porch added over the doorway. Since the pitch of the lean-to porch on the south differs from the lean-to on the north, the west gable is very irregular in outline and fenestration. The gray house with white trim stands on a brick and stone foundation.

Significance: Burrages End represents a surviving example of an early Southern Maryland farm house. Edith Dallam, a professional genealogist, had concluded that the oldest section of the house dates from the last decades of the 17th century. Her determination is based on evidence drawn from county records, especially a 1684 inventory which mentions a new hall. This building was the home of John Welsh, a gentleman and tobacco planter. His financial well-being is indicated by the large value of his inventory and his two "quarters," or separate tobacco farms. The "old store" that Welsh owned may indicate that he was a merchant as well as a planter. Most 17th century Maryland fortunes were founded on trade as well as the cultivation of tobacco. The farm complex around Burrages End includes two early cabins and an unusual example of an 18th century tobacco barn.




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