The Great Room is in the south wing of the house and was originally the country store and post office. It has its own front door and runs the full length from front to back of the house.  With its five foot fireplace, the Great Room is a favorite of guests and owners alike.  Three rear windows provide breathtaking views of the yard and river.  The paneling on the south wall surrounding the fireplace was salvaged from a townhouse in Baltimore that was being razed at the same time that the renovation of the Harbor Master's House was taking place in the early 1970's.  Custom book cases and cabinetry grace the north wall. The charming asymetry of the house is particularly noticable in the lines of the book case, which has both a base and upper moulding that accomodate the opposite slopes of the floor and ceiling. Study the area between the two front windows to see more of this. 

The candy counter was on the right as you look at the inside of the door, and the display case is still on the property, to be conveyed to its next owners.  You will also get a section of the wooden counter from the store, one of the original wooden hatch windows, and many artifacts found around the house such as glass bottles, pottery shards, a stone-age axe, and arrowheads.  

The Harbor Master's House

4215 Chaneyville Road

Owings, MD 20736


This home is located in Lower Marlboro, Maryland at the corner of Lower Marlboro Road (MD Rte. 262) and Chaneyville Road.  Get directions.  Only a 45 minute drive from Capitol Hill or Annapolis, or 30 minutes from METRO's Green or Orange lines.

By air - Ronald Reagan National Airport is 60 minutes, Baltimore-Washington International is 75 minutes.