Franklintown in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
To escape the intolerable heat of Baltimore summers, Thomas Dekay Winans built this country house on land which he had purchased in 1855. Winans had recently returned from Russia, where he made a fortune supervising construction of the transcontinental railroad for Czar Nicholas I. This estate he called "Crimea," after the Russian peninsula of the same name.
The grounds, which originally encompassed nearly 1,000 acres, now include the mansion, a carriage house, a chapel, a honeymoon cottage and a caretaker's house. The mansion is of mid-nineteenth century Victorian architecture, built of Maryland stone with wood trim.
During the Civil War, the owners of "Crimea were known Southern sympathizers. To discourage Union troops from entering the estate, the Winans constructed a hoax fort with fake cannons. Undeterred, the troops of General Benjamin Butler chopped up the estate's orchard for firewood, arrested Winans' father, Ross, and held him in Fort McHenry. Other prominent Baltimoreans ....
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Erected by the City of Baltimore,
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
Location. 39° 18.322′ N, 76° 41.94′ W. Marker is in Franklintown in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Eagle Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1901 Eagle Dr, Gwynn Oak MD 21207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crimea Mansion (a few steps from this marker); Norman Van Allan Reeves (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chapel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Caretaker House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Orianda House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crimea Estate (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leakin Park at the Crimea Estate (approx. ¼ mile away); A Name Before a Place (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklintown.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 19, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,892 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 19, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.