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Barstow Road, Prince Frederick, Calvert County
An impressive, Georgian structure of grand proportions, Willow Glenn is constructed entirely of Flemish bond with random glazed headers. It is five bays long and two stories high with a centrally placed door. Although the house is very deep, only two small windows exist on each gable end. The windows on the principal facade have 6/6 sashes and flat brick lintels. The basement windows have segmental arches. A simple watertable of protruding square brick encircles the house. A three-string belt course separates the first and second stories of the house but stops short of each corner. A Greek Revival cornice has replaced the original roof trim. The second floor ceilings were raised, and the pitch of the roof changed in the early 19th century. A large interior chimney protrudes from either gable end of the roof. On the interior, all the fireplaces have simple moldings and covered-arch openings. Three of the fireplaces on the first floor are angled in corners while the fourth is flat against the wall. Huge stress arches in the basement, 8' high by 4' thick, support the fireplaces.
Willow Glenn is architecturally important as an example of a Georgian-style structure of substantial proportions. It typifies the kind of dwelling erected by Maryland's wealthiest tobacco planters of the colonial period.