“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Elkton in Cecil County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Holly Hall

HOLLY HALL Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, June 29, 2006
1. HOLLY HALL Marker
Inscription.  Built c. 1810–1820 by James Sewall. He was Clerk of Cecil County Court 1805–1841; Brigade Major of Maryland Militia and a Commander at nearby Fort Defiance in War of 1812; one of founders of Trinity Episcopal Church, Elkton in 1832.
Erected by Historical Society of Cecil County, Woman’s Club of Elkton, Associated Cecil Endeavors, Inc & Maryland Historical Society.
Location. 39° 36.107′ N, 75° 49.7′ W. Marker is in Elkton, Maryland, in Cecil County. Marker is on Bridge Street 0.1 miles north of Pulaski Highway (U.S. 40), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elkton MD 21921, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Partridge Hill” (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fighting Back (approx. 0.4 miles away); War in the Chesapeake (approx. 0.4 miles away); "O! say can you see..." (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elkton (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elkton, Wedding Capital of the East
Holly Hall image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, June 29, 2006
2. Holly Hall
Building is boarded up.
(approx. half a mile away); Michael Rudulph (approx. half a mile away); Mitchell House (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elkton.
Additional comments.
1. The remodeled version of the Mansion in 2006
In 2006, after Cornerstone Christian Academy had closed it's doors to the public, six men and women went into Holly Hall Mansion for the first time, ready to work, ready to make this wonderful building a school. We were ready to make it a place of learning. It was a little crazy being in a place so old and with so much history. We went in there and all the walls were crusted in smoke and ashes. The story went that a homeless man got into the building and lit a sterno canister and it got out of control. The outer shell of the inside of the building went up in smoke. Fire damage was done to two rooms, one a make-shift kitchen and another, the room next to the little chapel inside. However, the whole building inside was covered in soot and ash.

The inside walls were plaster on the outside and on the inside were solid brick walls, just like you see on the outside. We went straight to work that summer, painting, sanding, and even putting
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a new porch on the back of the building. It was in really bad need of repair. We worked from 8:30 or 9 in the morning until 6 pm everyday except Sunday.

The reason I recognized this photo was because of the shutters. They were a forest green before we painted them the color they are today, Royal Blue. We thought that the blue color would bring some dignity to an already beautiful building and it would offset the Holly beautifully.

Needless to say we didn't get it quite finished. The Cordish Company were the owners and we either had to make it official that it was a school or turn the keys back in to them. It was a tough decision because all of us wanted this to work. I am sad to say that the Holly Hall mansion looks wonderful inside but the little dream we had for a school there had died.

Everyone moved on and I moved out of state. I still think of my time there and how much it meant to me. It was a great place with a lot of hidden character that few people probably realize. On the inside of the building there is a glass entrance way. On that entrance way there are etched the names of some of the nurses who treated the dead after the plane crash of 1965 on Delancy Road. It was a cool moment when we found those. I am sure there are many stories associated with this building. Someone even noted that George Washington himself stood outside by the Holly
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Trees one summer. I would love to know alot more.

I do know that the Sewall family grave stone that was made of granite is at the foot of the stairs on the front step. Their bodies were buried in Baltimore. Alot of history for a wonderful building.

Beverly DeJoise, one of those teachers who just loved Holly Hall.
    — Submitted April 6, 2010, by Beverly Y. DeJoise of Seminole, Florida.

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,725 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 30, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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