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“Montpelier Mansion - A Must See Historic Site” 5 of 5 stars
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Montpelier Mansion
9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708
301-953-1376
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Laurel
Type: Historic Sites
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“Montpelier Mansion - A Must See Historic Site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

Montpelier is a beautiful Georgian mansion built by Thomas Snowden for his wife Ann Ridgely Snowden, approximately 1781-1783.
The architecture is a wonderful example of the Georgian style, with it's symmetry. The house is built with brick produced on the property and laid in a Flemish Bond pattern.
The inside of the house has been been beautifully maintained and restored. The rooms that were "public" rooms in the house have amazing moulding, dental work, and cornice detail completed in both wood and plaster.
Most all of the rooms in the house on the first and second floor are open to visitors and are furnished with pieces of the period in time when the house would have been occupied by the Snowdens. Even the floor coverings, drapes, and wall colors are true to the period.
If you get an opportunity to go on a Sunday, as we did, there are guided tours and our docent was very knowledable about the Snowden family, details of the construction of the house, furnishings, and the full history of the house to the current time.
Unfortunaely there was a thunder storm while we were visiting so we did not get an opportunity to explore the grounds, and garden, or get a good view of the front of the house. We will be going back to see the things we missed.
There is also a series of displays in the "carriage house": one is a room set up as a colonial kitchen, but we missed the rest of the display because of the rain.
There is a small fee for touring the house - $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors. A bargain.

Visited August 2011
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“18th Century Georgian Mansion in Laurel, Maryland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2007

Without a doubt, one of the hidden jewels in Laurel, Maryland is the Montpelier Mansion. From Maryland-197, one would never guess of the wonderfully preserved 18th Century Georgian mansion located above the busy road. The mansion was built by Major Thomas Snowden approximately 7 years after he married Anne Ridgeley in 1774. Snowden and Ridgeley came from very prominent Maryland families. Snowden was part owner in a family ironworks located along the Patuxent River as well as owning 9,000 acres of land surrounding the mansion. The present estate consists of the mansion, carriage house, summer house, arts center and 70 acres of land.

The mansion itself is beautifully preserved and gives a glimpse into life of the late 18th and early 19th century. Some of the rooms contains pieces of furniture that were owned by the Snowden family and were original furnishings in the mansion. On the first floor, visitors can see the dining room, parlor, library and the best bedroom as they would've looked during the early 19th century. On the second floor, one can see two bedrooms including the Snowden Bedroom which features a rope bed filled with cornhusks and straw. The bed was one common at that time. The second floor also has the household school room where the Snowden children would've been taught how to read, write and do their numbers.

Outside the mansion is a very nice colonial garden and grounds. The grounds would be great for enjoying a picnic. There is the carriage house where the visitor will find the The Little Teapot Giftshop run by Valerie Peacock [--]. The shop has the standard tourist t-shirts as well as an extensive selection of loose teas (over 50), British teas and tea sets. Miss Peacock also offers afternoon teas in the mansion on selected Fridays. Reservations are mandatory for the teas. If interested, please call 301-498-8486 to find out when the next tea will be and or to make reservations.

The Montpelier Arts Center [--] features works by resident artists. The day I visited, they were displaying a number of prints by Shirley K. Hubalek. There are also various metal pieces of art in the main gallery.

The mainsion offers self-guided and guided tours. Self-guided tours are available Monday through Saturday, Noon to 3 p.m. Guided tours are given on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost for either tour is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and groups, $1 for ages 5 to 18 and free for those 4 and under. The arts center is free. The mansion is located on Muirkirk Road just off of Maryland-197. If travelling along the Maryland-295 Beltway, you would take the Maryland-197 towards Laurel. You would turn left onto Muirkirk Road and take the first right into the entrance for the mansion (there is a sign). The mansion has at least 40 or 50 parking spaces.

The mansion holds various special events. On July 7th, 2007, it'll hold it's "A Day in the Life of a Patriotic Soldier." This will show how life was for a Revolutionary War soldier. The cost for this event is $7. For additional events or further information on the mansion, please check out their website at [--]

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