Nancy A. Miller
The Eagle's Nest
12209, Jarrettsville Pike (MD 146), Phoenix, Baltimore County
The Eagle’s Nest is a large fieldstone dwelling constructed about 1800 on part of a tract called "Valley of Jehosaphat". The house consists of three parts: a tall, 2 ½-story 5-bay long portion, and two long 1 ½-story portions, the last being a 20th century garage with storage area above. A wide overhanging eave was added to the main portion in the latter part of the 19th century, creating a heavier composition than originally constructed. The south entrance has an architrave composed of reeded engaged columns with a cove molding above the facia. At the entrance there are old stone steps having old wrought iron balustrade with brass finials. The rear entrance has a small porch with gable roof. An open arcade beneath the A roof of the original wing is now enclosed with double glazed doors. The latter wing consists of the original kitchen, at the east end of the arcade, and the present kitchen which opens from the north side of the arcade. On the north side of the kitchen stands a stone smokehouse with pyramidal roof. A similar building, probably used as a dairy, stands adjacent to the well in a walled yard south of the kitchen. South of the main house is a yard, the drive, and a formal garden which has a retaining wall on its south end. A modern stone wall surrounds most of the property. There is extensive mature planting between the house and Jarrettsville Pike.
The Eagle’s Nest is an important large farm house in Baltimore County because of the profusion of original detail. The detail includes the fine main entrance, the interior woodwork, the original arcade, period outbuildings, and stone walls. Its modern addition is complimentary to the old dwelling. The fact that the interior trim is intact is an indication of the sensitivity of its 20th century restorer.