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

The Prettyman House

Lost Rockville - 1801 to 1850

 
 
The Prettyman House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 7, 2006
1. The Prettyman House Marker
Inscription.  This house was built on a 13.5-acre lot on the outskirts of Rockville in 1842. A stone marking the southwest corner of the original 1803 Rockville Plan is between this house and the adjacent Rockville Academy grounds. Matilda Holland, widow of Montgomery County Register of Wills, Solomon Holland, purchased the land in 1839. Her daughter Anne and her husband Capt. Zachariah Johnston, USN, built the Greek Revival-style house, which housed their five daughters and Matilda Holland. Its original design was a 1 1/2-story side-gabled dwelling with a pedimented front portico with classical columns. It had an attached west wing and a rear wing. It was enlarged to two full stories in 1876 and remodeled to a more Victorian style. A private lane led to the house and back to the stable and pasture along Falls Road.

The property was owned or occupied by five generations of the Johnston-Prettyman family for almost 150 years. The Johnstons' daughter, Lydia, married Elijah Barrett Prettyman in 1855. He later became Clerk of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. Many members of this family were active in County and town politics, religious and educational
Prettyman House Marker<br>Explore Explore Early Rockville Walking Tour image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 6, 2019
2. Prettyman House Marker
Explore Explore Early Rockville Walking Tour
This marker has been up-dated and added to the Early Rockville Walking Tour.
affairs, and the military. Various family members and others purchased land along the stable lane, which became South Van Buren Street. The Prettyman family owned the house until 1968.
 
Erected 2001 by City of Rockville, Maryland and The Rockville Historic District Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850 marker series.
 
Location. 39° 4.983′ N, 77° 9.371′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of West Jefferson Street (Maryland Route 28) and South Van Buren Street, on the right when traveling east on West Jefferson Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 West Jefferson Street, Rockville MD 20850, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Prettyman House (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Prettyman House (a few steps from this marker); Rockville Baptist Church and Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Rockville Academy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bell Tower Building (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
More about this marker. One of the "Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850" series of markers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Prettyman House.
Prettyman House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 7, 2006
3. Prettyman House and Marker
National Register Nomination Form (Submitted on March 24, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Early Rockville Walking Tour (online map). This is stop #14 on the online map. (Submitted on August 22, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

3. Printable brochure (PDF). This is site # 13 on the printable brochure. (Submitted on August 22, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
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Prettyman House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 6, 2019
4. Prettyman House Marker
The Prettyman House 1876 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne
5. The Prettyman House 1876
Illustration from National Register Form.
The Prettyman House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 11, 2017
6. The Prettyman House
The Prettyman House<br>Front Door image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 11, 2017
7. The Prettyman House
Front Door
Early Rockville Walking Tour<br>You Are Here image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 6, 2019
8. Early Rockville Walking Tour
You Are Here
Close-up of map on marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,003 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 17, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2. submitted on August 22, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on January 17, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   4. submitted on August 22, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5, 6, 7. submitted on March 24, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   8. submitted on August 22, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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