Archaeologist Paul Kreisa, who lead the archeological excavations for mansion's 2013 restoration, discusses what was discovered and how the historic home changed after the Civil War.
Montpelier is regarded as one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Maryland. Maj. Thomas Snowden and Ann Ridgely Snowden's manse stood at the center of 9,000 acres, commanding a sweeping view from a knoll overlooking the Patuxent River. Judging from the dates cast into two of the house's iron firebacks, it was completed in 1783. George Washington slept here on the way to and from the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and Abigail Adams described Montpelier as a "large, Handsome, Elegant House, where I was received with what we might term true English Hospitality." Tours are conducted by guides in period dress. On the grounds stands one of the two surviving 18th-century summer houses in America.
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