The Stone Farmhouse
You are standing on land that long ago was part of an area folks called "Stout". In 1737, when Benjamin Banneker was six years old, his father, Robert, purchased 100 acres from Richard Gist for 7,000 pounds of tobacco and put young Benjamin's name on the land deed. The family built a small cabin close to this spot. Banneker lived on this land for the rest of his life.
After Banneker's death in 1806, the Ellicott family came to own the land. Forth-four years later the Ellicott Family sold six actes to Joshua and Rebecca Hynes for $400.00. The Hynes family added 25 more acres to their farm the next year and began building this three story stone farmhouse with local Ellicott City granite. The stone construction and three stories made this house exceptional for its time.
Throughout the years, three families lived and farmed here until the Treuth family bought it in 1969. In 198s5, Baltimore County purchased 42.5 acres of the Treuth farm and created Benjamin Banneker Historical Park. Baltimore County restored this house in 2004. This house is listed on the Maryland Historical Trust Inventory of Historic Properties.
John and Mary Hynes with their family, circa 1890
The Hynes family lived and farmed here for 60 years beginning with Joshua and Rebecca and their 6 children. Joshua was a Baltimore County sheriff. Some of the children inherited the small farm and house in 1881. Joshua's son, John raised a family of 12 children in this farmhouse and continued to farm here until the family sold the property in 1910. Records show the family had an orchard, pasture for animals and crops.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1737.
Location. 39° 16.206′ N, 76° 46.609′ W. Marker is in Catonsville, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Oella Avenue. Marker is on the grounds of the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Catonsville MD 21228, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Banneker's Orchard (a few steps from this marker); Robert Bannaky (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Benjamin Banneker (about 600 feet away); Banneker's Cabin (about 700 feet away); 20th Anniversary (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Benjamin Banneker
Also see . . . Benjamin Banneker Historical Park website. (Submitted on May 17, 2017, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2017, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 17, 2017, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.