East New Market

Property Reports

8 Railroad Avenue

Margaret A. Baker House (1869)

8 Railroad Avenue, East New Market, Maryland

In 1869, John Anthony Baker and his wife, Margaret A. Dean Baker bought this property from John W. Fletcher, who purchased the lot from the estate of John Dean.  They began building a house as soon as they bought the property.  After John Anthony Baker died in 1870, Margaret A. Baker was assessed with a $1000 improvement to the property she bought for $150.  A granddaughter of Margaret A. Baker owned the property until 1946.

From the Maryland Historical Trust State Historic Sites Inventory Form

The Anna Lee Moxey house is a two-story, three-bay frame house that stands on the north side of Railroad Avenue in the center of East New Market, Dorchester County, Maryland.  The house faces south with the gable oriented on an east/west axis.

Built around 1870, the two-story, three-bay frame dwelling is supported by a minimal brick foundation and sheathed with asbestos shingles.  The steeply pitched gable roof is covered with asphalt shingles.  Attached to the back of the house is a single-story one-room plan kitchen.

The south (main) facade is an asymmetrical three-bay elevation with an off-center entrance and flanking six-over-six sash windows.  The heavily molded Victorian door is topped by a three-light transom and flanked by long shutters.  The windows to each side are flanked by shutters as well.  Stretching across the front of the house is a shed-roofed porch with tapered posts.  The porch floor has been laid in concrete.  Lighting the second floor are three unevenly spaced six-over-six sash windows with louvered shutters.  The cornice above is boxed and trimmed with bed and crown moldings.

The gable ends are pierced by six-over-six sash windows on each floor and' small two-over-two windows light the attic to either side of interior end brick stacks.  The gable end is flush and trimmed with a molded bargeboard.

The north side of the front block is partially covered by a single-story one-room plan kitchen wing. An interior end brick stack rises through the gable.  A single-story one-room infill has been added to the inside corner of the ell- shaped house, and a shed-roofed eave stretches across the east side to shelter the side entrance.

The Anna Lee Moxey house is a two-story, three-bay frame dwelling that stands on the north side of Railroad Avenue near the main intersection of East New Market.  The two-story frame house is similar to its across the street neighbor, the Frances Anderson house.  Both structures were probably erected within a few years of one another after the Civil War. This house is identified on the 1877 town map under the ownership of a M. Baker.

8 Railroad Avenue