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July 30, 1923 - Historic Houses

[Fun article but several errors - The Brick Hotel was built 50 years before Manning purchased it.  The Alice Webster House (Buckland) was mentioned in records 100 years prior to Jacobs purchasing it.  The house owned by Samuel Thomas was never owned by the Waggaman family.  Some of the other data below may be questionable.]

It is believed that Dorchester County can hold her own when it comes to historic homes.  Let us spend a few minutes reviewing the old place in East New Market.

Major Anthony Manning built the Old Brick Hotel over 130 years ago.  He was active in the war of 1812, and has been kept in the family of the Manning's until within the last year, when it was purchased by Mr. Charles Hubbard of Philadelphia.

Friendship Hall, now owned and occupied by Mr. George Hicks, and Liberty Hall, now owned by the Misses Jacobs and Capt. W.V.E. Jacobs, and rented to Judge and Mrs. F.E. Loomis, were built by two brothers named Sulivane.  Mr. Thomas Hicks purchased Friendship Hall, which he left to his son George, the present occupant.  Dr. Edmonson bought Liberty Hall, which was willed to his daughter, Mrs. Jacobs, and sold to the present owners.  There is a story told in connection with the sale of Liberty Hall to Dr. Edmondson, which says there was a woman in the family of the former owners who objected  to the sale, so decided to burn the place down.  There are parts of the garret that are smoked, and that is the foundation or supposed proof of the story.  Liberty Hall is said to have been originally used as an Inn.

The property familiarly known as the Alice Webster House, now owned by Mrs. Margaret Maurice of New York City, who had a summer home there, was built over a hundred years ago by Sheriff Kendall Madison Jacobs.  Rose Hill, which has been owned by Mr. S.L. Webster for over forty years, and his father before him, was built over a hundred years ago by Nathaniel Green, who sold it to Houston Wilson, before it was bought by the Webster family.

The Wagaman House, now owned and occupied by Mr. Samuel Thomas, is built of brick, as are all of the others mentioned except Mrs. Maurice's property, and was used as a place for slave trading, buying and selling.  The closets are still in the garret where the slaves were hidden.  Mr. Harry Parker's home is very old too, and perhaps there are others.

[the article continues with suspect information about houses in nearby areas.]