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Peggy Stewart House

Peggy Stewart House
Peggy Stewart House, July 2009
Peggy Stewart House
Location Annapolis, Maryland

38°58′52″N 76°29′14″W / 38.98111°N 76.48722°W / 38.98111; -76.48722Coordinates: 38°58′52″N 76°29′14″W / 38.98111°N 76.48722°W / 38.98111; -76.48722

Built 1764
Architect Rutland,Thomas
Architectural style Georgian
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 73000887
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 7, 1973[1]
Designated NHL November 7, 1973[2]

The Peggy Stewart House, also known as the Rutland-Jenifer-Stone House, is a Georgian style house in Annapolis, Maryland. Built between 1761 and 1764 for Thomas Rutland, it was owned at various times by Thomas Stone and Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer. In 1777 it was owned by Anthony Stewart, owner of the ship Peggy Stewart.[3]


The Peggy Stewart House is a 2-1/2 story Georgian style brick house on an elevated basement. The rectangular house is about 50 feet (15 m) wide and 30 feet (9.1 m) deep, or five bays by three. The side elevations feature single-bay projecting pavilions, crowned with pediments projecting from the hipped main roof. The basement and first floor windows have segmental arches, while the second floor windows have flat arches, all with stone sills.The facade is all-header bond, while the remaining sides are English bond. The present roof form was built in 1894 during a remodeling. A large wing to the rear is a modern addition[4]

The interior features a central hall plan. A living room or large parlor occupies the entire space to the left of the hall. A dining room and a small parlor are on the right side of the hall. There are five bedrooms upstairs. The interior has been extensively altered, with original woodwork remaining only in one bedroom.[4]


The Stewart House was built between 1761 and 1764 for Thomas Rutland, who sold the house in January 1772 to Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, agent and receiver-general for the last two Lord Proprietors of Maryland. He was president of the Maryland Council of Safety in1775 and became president of the Maryland Senate when it was formed in 1777. Jenifer served in the Continental Congress from 1778 until 1782 and was a delegate to the Federal Convention in Philadelphia. In July 1772 Jenifer sold the house to Anthony Stewart, an Annapolis merchant who owned the cargo ship Peggy Stewart, which Stewart was forced to burn by Annapolis citizens outraged that he had paid the unpopular tea tax. Stewart fled to England in 1779 and his wife sold the house back to Jenifer that year. Jenifer sold the house to Thomas Stone in 1783, then re-acquired it in 1787 upon Stone's death, holding it until his own death in 1790.[4]


External links

  • Peggy Stewart House, Anne Arundel County, including photo in 1998, at Maryland Historical Trust
  • Thomas Rutland House, 207 Hanover Street, Annapolis, Anne Arundel, MD at the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)
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