Mount Pleasant (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)

Mount Pleasant (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)
Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant (Upper Marlboro, Maryland) is located in Maryland
Location: Mt. Pleasant Rd., Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Coordinates: 38°50′34″N 76°42′40″W / 38.84278°N 76.71111°W / 38.84278; -76.71111Coordinates: 38°50′34″N 76°42′40″W / 38.84278°N 76.71111°W / 38.84278; -76.71111
Built: 1750
Architect: Lewis Daly
Architectural style: Georgian
Governing body: Private
NRHP Reference#:


Added to NRHP: November 29, 1972

Mount Pleasant is 2 12-story brick structure with a gambrel roof and is about two-thirds its original length. It is located near Upper Marlboro in Prince George's County, Maryland. Mount Pleasant was patented in 1697 to Richard Marsham, whose wife Anne was the daughter of Leonard Calvert, Governor of Maryland. Their grandson, Marsham Waring, inherited the home from his grandfather in 1713. His son, Richard Marsham Waring, had four sons, of whom only one, John, born in 1737, survived and left issue. He inherited Mount Pleasant, and c. 1750, built the standing house. He died in 1813 and was buried at Mount Pleasant. His son, John Jr., married Elizabeth Margaret Bowie, second daughter of Maryland Governor Robert Bowie. Henry, John Sr.'s younger son, inherited Mount Pleasant from his father. He served as a major in the 34th Regiment in the War of 1812. In 1814, he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and was commissioned Colonel of the Infantry, 34th Regiment, in 1817. He married Sarah Contee Harrison, daughter of John Harrison and Catherine Contee, in 1802. Catherine Contee's sister Jane had married John Hanson in 1747. Hanson was elected President of the Continental Congress in 1781, and in 1782, he became the first President of the United States under the Articles of Confederation.

Mount Pleasant is an example of an almost distinctively Maryland style of house--the English gambrel roof dwelling in brick, with the steep gambrel which has dormers almost flush with the second pitch of the roof. This house is significant primarily for its architecture and as a representative example of a more modest type of mid-Georgian dwelling than others in Maryland such as Montpelier, and probably a closer reflection of the architectural ancestry than the Palladian country house. As a more modest dwelling Mount Pleasant is an unusual survivor.


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