Historic House Listings

Stunning! Governor John Walter Smith House, Circa 1895. $975,000

October 2, 2023

This is a stunning home! The stained glass is exquisite! The Governor John Walter Smith House was built in 1895. It is located on 1.36 acres in Snow Hill, Maryland. The home features a large wrap around front porch, beautiful front doors with stained glass, vestibule, wainscoting, crown moulding, original fretwork, grand staircase, pocket doors and original mantels. The property is beautifully landscaped. Eight bedrooms, five bathrooms and 7,170 square feet. $975,000

Contact Clinton Bickford with Keller Williams Realty: 410-524-6400

From the Zillow listing:


The Governor John Walter Smith House is one of the most grand, historic homes on the Eastern Shore. This is an amazing opportunity to own a home that is both a piece of History, and a fully functional home by all contemporary standards. Set on a huge corner lot, just off the Snow Hill downtown area, with shops, restaurants, bars, and parks. Located near the beaches of Ocean City MD, and Chincoteague Island VA. This home constructed by the former Governor of Maryland, with such incredible workmanship and attention to detail. From the street you will start staring at stunning Queen Anne architecture of this Victorian home, with two 3 story towers at either end, then drawn to the ornate Slate roof with Copper Finials and Eyebrow windows. Enter from the Circular brick driveway, pass the fountain, and the lush gardens, then start on to the Tuscan columned wide sitting porch that wraps around the first floor. Go through the Stained glass double doors into the amazing foyer. There you will start to take in the amazing woodwork, with oak wainscoting, stacked trims and crown moldings that border the 11ft. ceilings. Flanked by beautiful parlors each with custom ornate fireplaces and Mantels (9 different fireplaces throughout, each custom themed in Mantel, Antique Tile, and Steel firebox moldings). Huge windows in every room help to view the landscaping and bring in so much natural light, with the foyer and dining room feature large colorful Stained Glass windows done in an early Chicago style. Those in the dining room feature handprinted nature scenes in their center. Additionally you will see a beautiful large Oak Table, Chairs, and Buffet, that were commissioned by Smith for the house when it was constructed (and of course they will convey to stay with the house they were designed for). Your Dinner parties will be stuff of legend once they’re held in this room. From the foyer a sweeping oak railed staircase leads to the next floor in such grand fashion, that you have to pause to take it all in . Once on the second floor you realize the opulence has not stopped. Nine foot ceilings with amazing trims and woodwork, lead to 4 large staterooms, each with custom fireplaces, massive windows look out on the property, and custom details are everywhere. All part of the rich Victorian design. At the front is a sitting room that has access out to a covered 2nd floor balcony that overlooks the front yard. At the back of this floor you will find a four season sunroom that looks out over the back garden. Here also are bathrooms that keep the historic detail, a second stairway that leads to the additional 4 bedrooms, and bath on the 3rd floor, and also leads down to the backside of the first floor. Here on the first floor you will find all useful parts of daily life, a lovely breakfast/dining area adjoining the large kitchen with center Island. This area also Office/Garden room with a 1/2 bath, Laundry/Utility room, and Mudroom which leads out to the back Garden. Outside there is an outbuilding with storage and a fully functional (lovely) half bath, so anyone enjoying the gardens does need to traipse inside, (perfect for a future pool house). Outside again you can enjoy the massive private back yard with room enough for games, get togethers (once the sight of tennis courts) or just sit at the fire ring or patio. As you move around the yard, you will see flowers in bloom in every season, species plants, ornamental trees, sculpture, showing the only thing that would pull you out of a house this beautiful would be sitting under the canopy of trees, enjoying this space. This home is perfect for people seeking a paradise without ever wanting to leaving home. This is an opportunity to be a part of the history of a famous and beloved property, in one of the most beautiful areas of the Eastern Shore. The home is well maintained and in great condition, and soon to be featured on The Delmarva Home Show.



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