Paul Baker Touart
Little Elk Farm
392, Little Elk Creek Road, Elkton, Cecil County
The Little Elk Farm house is a late-18th century stone structure, whose main facade faces southwest with the primary gable running on a northwest/southeast orientation. The slate roof is of medium to steep pitch. The main block is a 2 1/2-story modified side hall/double parlor plan structure with a smaller 1 1/2-story, 2 bay x 1 bay stone wing on the east gable and that was built at approximately the same time. The late-19th century kitchen addition was attached to the north and east side of this stone wing. The wing and kitchen are locate on a slightly lower level than the main block due to the slope of the property. The southwest facade is laid with cut and coursed stone with larger cut quoins. The entrance is the east bay of the main block. A late-19th century door with multi-pane transom has replaced the earlier door. The door has two horizontal panels set below the lock rail and is glazed above. The window openings are symmetrically placed. A 2/2 sash with half-round molding for window surrounds has replaced the earlier sash in every instance. There are two 2/2 sash dormers on the main roof. The eaves on the dormers are extended with short returns. The sides are weatherboarded. The main cornice was replaced when the roof was recovered. The front porch, which extends across the main block, was added in the late 19th or early 20th century. It has a pediment in the front and is supported by Doric columns. The roof is of standing seamed tin. The rest of the building is laid with uncoursed fieldstone.
Architecturally, Little Elk Farm is an important structure along the Little Elk Creek. It is one of the best examples of a side hall/double parlor plan in this general area. Later alterations reflect changing tastes and the prosperity of its owners. The 18th century woodwork that survives is in excellent condition and typical of the period. The architectural integrity of the structure has been retained, as the 19th century additions were made without hindering the overall appearance of the structure. The 19th century woodwork is also exemplary of its time and in good condition.