My Lady's Manor

My Lady’s Manor is an important area in northern Baltimore and western Harford County whose historical origin dates to 1713 and which has, through the years, remained a relatively isolated agricultural area in which one can see the development of architectural styles from pre-1800 to the present day. This area, because it has been segregated from the influence of industrial development and relatively free of great sociologic change until recently, has not been subjected to the gross intrusions which have destroyed the character of so much of our countryside. In its present state, My Lady’s Manor is an area which represents Colonial life, the antebellum years, the Victorian era, and adaptation to modern times without losing all of the color or artifacts of its past.

My Lady’s Manor is, and always has been, a rural or agricultural area, with one village, Monkton. Monkton first developed around a water-powered grist mill; it continued to thrive because of that available source of power and later in the 19th century it became a station on the Baltimore and Susquehanna, later the North Central, Railroad. The 10,000-acre manor itself was established in 1713. Throughout the region, population growth has been very slow through the past two centuries; while houses exist, representing almost every decade in those two centuries, their density seems remarkably unchanged, and remarkably unlike all other regions so close to a metropolitan center, Baltimore. The architecture of this region has always been very traditional, with few attempts at conscious style; indeed, those few attempts are quite conservative. The region abounds in good building stone, so stone has always been a common building material. Clay deposits have allowed brick to be a readily available alternate, frequently employed when a greater degree of sophistication was desired. Of course, the once-boundless forests have made log and frame structures commonplace. Over 60 principal structures, plus numerous important outbuildings associated with them, are included in the district.

Monkton is an unincorporated community in northern Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. It has a population of about 4,856 people. It is 35 square miles (91 km2) in area, with approximately 138 inhabitants per square mile (53 /km2).[1] As an unincorporated area, Monkton has no legally-defined boundaries, and its postal ZIP code (21111) includes a portion of adjacent Harford County. East of Monkton is an area named "My Lady's Manor", known for its horse farms, sprawling countryside, and old, stately homes set back from the country roads. In 1713, Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, decreed 10,000 acres (40 km˛) for himself. He made a gift of this land to his fourth wife, christening the estate "My Lady's Manor." It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.