Without a doubt, this home has seen a lot of history over the years. And perhaps it is not surprising that in a town like Annapolis, where the sea and sailing are so revered, that the Georgian house would be known for a ship and not either of the American patriots who owned it.
The Peggy Stewart House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, got its name from the ship named after Anthony Stewart’s daughter, Margaret. Stewart, a merchant and importer, lived in the home for seven years. He was a loyalist who also had a residence in London.
In 1774, a year after the uprising in Boston Harbor, the Peggy Stewart arrived from England full of tea. After Stewart paid duty on the cargo, a violation of the colonists’ non-importation agreement, the Sons of Liberty rioted in front of his house. In his oil painting “The Burning of the Peggy Stewart,” artist Francis Blackwell Mayer depicts the scene when Stewart is forced by the mob to set fire to his ship and its cargo. Stewart fled Annapolis soon after.
Because the burning of the Peggy Stewart – known as the Annapolis Tea Party – continues to be celebrated to this day, the event has overshadowed other notable residents of the house. Thomas Stone, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, lived in the house, as did Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, who served in the Continental Congress from 1778 to 1782 and was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia.
The house was built between 1761 and 1764 and retains classic 18th-century Annapolis architectural details, such as the header bond brickwork and rubble stone in the foundation. The home has undergone several renovations. A two-story brick ell was added to the rear of the home between 1891 and 1897. The gable roof was replaced with a hipped roof in 1896. A sunroom with a wall of glass was attached to the home after 1954.
The first floor is organized around a central passage – a wide stair hall with a straight-flight staircase – with the front parlor and dining room on one side and the living room on the other. The kitchen has been updated with a Viking professional range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, and a Bosch dishwasher. The upper levels feature five bedrooms, plus office and sitting rooms. The house has six fireplaces, one with its original mantel.
The widow’s walk is one of the highest points in the historical district and offers panoramic views of Annapolis, including the U.S. Naval Academy grounds, the Maryland State House and St. Anne’s Church. A large back yard extends to a greenhouse and contains 250-year-old boxwoods.
The nearly 7,000-square-foot house is on the market for $3.2 million.
Listing: 207 Hanover St., Annapolis
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