Historic Waverly Mansion

  • 2300 Waverly Mansion Drive
  • Marriottsville, MD 21104

HISTORIC WAVERLY MANSION - A Beautiful Wedding Venue with deep historic roots! Waverly Mansion is an elegant early 19th Century home, built circa 1756 and located in Marriottsville, MD. It is the sole surviving property of Maryland’s only father/son governors: Colonel John Eager Howard and George Howard. The mansion is a 2 ½ story Federal style stone house covered with stucco, with a hyphen and addition that dates to circa 1811. Also located on the property is a small 1 ½ -story stone overseer's cottage, a 2-story frame-and-stone barn, and the ruins of a log slave quarter. The property is most associated with the Dorsey and Howard families. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in October 1974 and is included in the Maryland Historic Trust’s Inventory of Historic Places (HO-21). What’s Waverly’s Connection to our Nation’s Founding Fathers? Waverly is rich with history. It is a part of land first patented by Charles Carroll of Carrollton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. It later become a part of the 1703 survey "Ranter's Ridge" owned by Captain Thomas Browne and resurveyed again in 1726 as "The Mistake." Did you know that Waverly was once located in Anne Arundel County? As many may know, Howard County was not officially designated as a County until the mid 19th-century. When established, “The Mistake” property (later known as Waverly) was originally a part of Anne Arundel County. In 1839, the area was designated the Howard District of Anne Arundel County by Chapter 22, Acts of 1838, in honor of former Maryland governor Colonel John Eager Howard (1752-1827), former owner of “The Mistake” (later known as Waverly), a Revolutionary War officer and statesman. In 1851, Howard County officially became the 21st of Maryland’s 23 counties (Const. 1851, Art. VIII, sec. I). So how did Waverly get its name? In 1811, Colonel John Eager Howard (Howard County’s namesake) gave the farm encompassing 1,313 acres to his second son, George Howard as a wedding present. George married Prudence Gough Ridgely of "Hampton," in Baltimore County on December 26, 1811. The couple then named the property “Waverly” after the popular novel by Sir Walter Scott, Waverley. It is not known why the Howards dropped the second 'e' in the naming of their estate. George would later go on to become the 22nd Governor of the State of Maryland from 1831-1833.

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