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Turner's Creek Landing in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Home with a Rich Past

 
 
A Home with a Rich Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 6, 2013
1. A Home with a Rich Past Marker
Inscription. The house before you - known as Knock's Folly - has witnessed more than 200 years of history. Henry Knock constructed the original clapboard log portion of the house around 1753. Donaldson Yeates bought the log house in 1770. After his death, his family added the brick wing to the structure, completing it in 1796. The "Folly" was owned by descendants of Yeates until 1974, when Kent County acquired it. In 1991, the building and surrounding property was transferred to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Today, the building is managed by the Maryland Park Service as a visitor center and staff residence.

The brick wing of the house depicts Federal-style architecture with its rectangular shape, semi-circular window over the front door, narrow columns with decorative molding on the porch, large windows with double-hung sashes and, inside, decorative molding edging the ceilings.

The original clapboard log house had a single window in each gable; there were no dormer windows. Back-to-back fireplaces heated the two rooms.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
 
Location. 39° 21.276′ N, 75° 59.079′ W. Marker is in Turner's Creek Landing, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker can be reached
Knock's Folly image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 6, 2013
2. Knock's Folly
from Turners Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Knock's Folly. Marker is in this post office area: Kennedyville MD 21645, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain John Smith on the Sassafras River (a few steps from this marker); Natural Diversity at Turner's Creek (a few steps from this marker); The Tockwogh and the Bay (a few steps from this marker); Agricultural Demonstration Area / Historic Tree Grove (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to the Kent Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Turner's Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); Waterfront Hub for Trade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Reluctant Aide (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Turner's Creek Landing.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable Buildings
 
Knock's Folly image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 6, 2013
3. Knock's Folly
Knock's Folly Stairway image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 6, 2013
4. Knock's Folly Stairway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 281 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 12, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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