Historic House Listings

Historic Prospect Hall, Circa 1787. Four acres in MD. $750,000

February 3, 2019

Historic Prospect Hall was built in 1787! Located on four acres in Frederick, Maryland. It reminds me of Selma Mansion in Virginia. This was last used as St. John’s Catholic Preparatory School. It has quite a history though!

Prospect Hall is a historic mansion, built beginning around 1787 on what was known at the time as “Red Hill”, the highest elevation in the area of Frederick, Maryland.

This white, three story structure, designed in a Greek revival style with additional Federal elements, has hosted visitors from Presidents George Washington to Harry Truman. It was originally located on the Jefferson Pike, which led from Jefferson Street southwest out of Frederick to the town of Jefferson, Maryland, but after reconstruction and rerouting of local roads in the 1970s was situated on the adjacent facing Butterfly Lane and Himes Avenue.

The mansion was the site of General George G. Meade’s takeover of command of the Army of the Potomac of the Union Army from General Joseph Hooker immediately before the Battle of Gettysburg, under last-minute orders from President Abraham Lincoln. Hooker had been defeated by General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Chancellorsville, in Virginia, a few weeks earlier.

174,000 square feet. $750,000

From the Zillow listing:


This 174240 square foot single family home has 1 bedrooms and 1.0 bathrooms. It is located at 889 Butterfly Ln Frederick, Maryland.

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