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Laytonsville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rolling Ridge

Circa - 1790

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, March 23, 2014
1. Rolling Ridge Marker
Inscription. North of this monument, Robert Ober, a wealthy merchant built his home. A long tree-lined approach adds prominence to this 1½ story brick Georgian-style residence. This Tidewater style of architecture is rarely found in Montgomery County. Distinguishing features include a five bay facade, paired gable end chimneys and a broad sloping roof. The four chimneys serve ten fireplaces. Rolling Ridge was perhaps one of the earliest farming operations in Laytonsville, an area of fertile, well drained soil. The farmstead continued with later owners Warfield, Christopher, Small and Jones families. Once-significant formal landscape elements are attributed to John H. Small III, a landscape architect.
 
Erected 2007 by Laytonsville Historic Commission.
 
Location. 39° 12.711′ N, 77° 8.826′ W. Marker is in Laytonsville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Brink Road and Rolling Ridge Lane, on the right when traveling west on Brink Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7215 Brink Road, Gaithersburg MD 20882, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Goshen Mills (approx. 2.2 miles away); Nike Missile Local Park
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By Allen C. Browne, March 23, 2014
2. Rolling Ridge Marker
(approx. 3.8 miles away); Watkins Mill (approx. 4 miles away); Oakley Cabin (approx. 4.6 miles away); Elton (approx. 4.7 miles away); Newlin’s Mill (approx. 5.1 miles away); Brookeville Schoolhouse (approx. 5.1 miles away); August 26, 1814 (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
Regarding Rolling Ridge. A Civil War Anecdote:
Roger Brooke Farquhar in Historic Montgomery County, Maryland, 1952, tells this story about the Warfield family who lived here during the Civil War:

"An interesting incident involves Elisha G. Warfield, the only one living of this large family to tell the tale, which he heard from the lips of his own mother. A large detachment of Union soldiers was encamped on the farm not far from the house. Elisha was in his crib on the front porch. He was seven months old at the time. His mother was sitting nearby . It was about ten a.m. An officer walked up to the porch, picked up the baby without a word, and quietly walked away with the infant. The mother was apparently too terrified to protest. About noon the officer brought Elisha back, put him in the crib, and explained to the mother, 'The boys have been
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By Allen C. Browne, March 23, 2014
3. Rolling Ridge
away for so long they are pretty homesick, and a visit from that little babe made them a bit happier.' Elisha's father never learned the name of the kind officer who borrowed his small son to give a lift to the morale of the troops. "
 
Also see . . .  Rolling Ridge. (PDF) 7215 Brink Road, Laytonsville. Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties M:14-38. (Submitted on March 24, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
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By Allen C. Browne, March 23, 2014
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East Gable
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North Façade
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By John O. Brostrup, HABS, 1936
7. Rolling Ridge
This HABS photo shows the north side (rear) of the house in 1936 when it was known as "Retirement."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 24, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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