Photo credit: James T. Wollon, Jr. , Undated Photo

Property Name: Poplar Hill
Date Listed: 5/28/1976
Inventory No.: HA-164
Location: 115, Poplar Hill Road, Aberdeen, Harford County

Description: Poplar Hill is a gambrel roofed frame house, 3 bays in length and 1 1/2 stories high. Its principal entrance in the middle bay of its east front is flanked by a 6/6 window in each end bay. The west front is similar. The east entrance is sheltered by a one-bay, shed-roofed porch, while a shed-roofed porch or piazza extends across the entire west front. Three shed-roofed dormers with 6/6 windows are on each side, and interior brick chimneys rise at each end. The house stands on a brick foundation laid in English bond. Exterior walls are covered with wood shingles. A one-bay, two-story, gable-roofed wing, apparently an addition of the late 19th century, adjoins the main house at the south end. Although exterior surfaces and some details have been changed through the years in the course of normal maintenance, they remain compatible with the original, and most interior details remain unaltered and unrestored.

Significance: Poplar Hill is one of the oldest houses still standing in Harford County where the essentially untouched survival of 18th century houses is rare. Probably built in the mid 18th century, it is a gambrel-roofed frame house showing the influence of Tidewater Maryland architecture rather than that of nearby Pennsylvania. The largely unaltered state in which the building has survived makes it a useful tool in the study of architectural history. The interior work is of good quality for the period, particularly the paneling in the parlor.




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