'Ole Glory Coast to Coast' ~ PROSPECT HALL

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Original content by Buzz Mackintosh 82894
Prospect Hall is a well-known landmark property that was originally known as "Red Hill" when owned by Daniel Dulaney, a colonial civic leader and member of the Maryland General Assembly in the mid to late 1700s representing Frederick County. The historic mansion sits on one of the highest elevations outside of Frederick City. Construction began around 1787 however the current mansion known as Prospect Hall was probably not completed until 1810. The white, three-story structure, designed in a Greek revival style with additional Federal elements, has a storied past. 
The Dulaney family was very involved with the American Revolution as patriots and an acquaintance of General George Washington.  Washington’s horse named Blueskin was raised at Prospect Hall and was also retired here until his death. After Blueskin died the tale told is he was buried on the front lawn near the site of the flag pole and many claim that the spirit of the horse can be heard galloping around the property on George Washington's birthday.

In 1863 the mansion was the site of Union General George G. Meade’s taking command of the Army of the Potomac from General Joseph Hooker three days before the Battle of Gettysburg, under last-minute orders from President Abraham Lincoln. Hooker had been defeated by General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Chancellorsville, in Virginia, a few weeks prior. General Hooker's spirit has been said to be seen in the main floor library holding his head and looking upset from being relieved of his command.
St. John's Literary Institution moved the high school from downtown Frederick to Prospect Hall in 1958. In 1980, while I was attending high school there, Prospect Hall was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many years after I graduated the School changed its name to St. Johns Catholic Prep and in 2013 they moved to their current campus in Buckeystown. The mansion was recently sold, currently unoccupied and is awaiting it's next chapter to be written.
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho and Endre Barath Jr. thank you for hosting the June Challenge it has been fun sharing some of Maryland's early history!  

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Comments (9)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Buzz Mackintosh.  

Jul 03, 2022 05:01 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Make it a habit to post a daily reblog. It is an easy way to pay it forward.


Jul 03, 2022 05:02 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I enjoyed this post from Buzz Mackintosh and it is definitely worth a reblog so I am glad you decided to do it.

Jul 03, 2022 05:42 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Roy Kelley great to see our proud American flag flying high!!!

Jul 03, 2022 02:00 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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Hi Roy,

I hope that you and yours enjoyed a wonderful Independence Day weekend !



Jul 05, 2022 02:05 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Jul 06, 2022 04:58 AM