As might be expected at the home of a clay baron, the brickwork of the house, guesthouse and barns on what is known as Tacaro Farm in Tracys Landing is exquisite. The meticulously constructed Flemish bond pattern adds to the sprawling mansion’s stately elegance.

A 1957 Washington Post article described Tacaro Farm as “a place of charm and beauty, combining the grandeur of the Chesapeake country with dignified and appealing architecture.”

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22941 Foxcroft Rd., Middleburg, Va. (Roman Caprano/Sky Blue Media)

E. Taylor Chewning built the colonial revival estate in 1940 about 20 miles outside Annapolis in Maryland’s horse country. Chewning founded United Clay Products in 1921, growing it into one of Washington’s largest industries. At one time, Chewning’s companies were the largest distributors of building materials in the South. Although the company went out of business in 1971, three of its kilns remain standing near the National Arboretum.

United Clay Products supplied bricks for many familiar structures in Washington, including the Folger Shakespeare Library, the departments of commerce and agriculture, the IRS, the Mayflower and Omni Shoreham hotels and the Madeira School.

Chewning named the farm Tacaro, a blend of the first two letters of his name with the first four letters of his wife Caroline’s. He bred race horses, raised prize Black Angus cattle and grew tobacco on the nearly 400 acres that overlook the Chesapeake Bay.

An avid horseman — he was president of the Maryland Racing Commission under three governors — Chewning incorporated the farm’s name into many of his horses’ names: Tacaro Milkman, Tacaro Briar and Tacaro Brandy, to name a few.

According to the Annapolis Evening Capital newspaper, Tacaro Farm was a private retreat for the Chewnings. The public was rarely permitted to see it.

Chewning died in 1970; his wife Caroline in 1977. Their children sold the farm to Daniel D. Westland in 1978. Their son, E. Taylor Chewning Jr., held onto most of the land, selling 74 acres and the buildings to Westland. The current owners, who bought the property in 2008, are just the third owners.

The four-level, 11,738-square-foot house features grand public spaces for entertaining. Many of the first-floor rooms have a view of the bay. The 30-foot dining room has one of the home’s 13 fireplaces. The top two floors contain eight bedrooms and six bathrooms. On the lower level, there is a spacious recreation room, a pub room with a large wet bar, a bedroom suite and a large screened sunroom.

Although Tacaro has not been a working farm in several years, it has stables, barns, storage sheds and fenced pastures. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom guesthouse was recently renovated.

Tacaro Farm is listed at $4.2 million.

Listing agents: Mark McFadden and Doc Keane, Washington Fine Properties