Perry Hall Mansion

Erected high on a hill above the Gunpowder River Valley, Perry Hall Mansion dominated life in northeastern Baltimore County in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Built in the 1770s by Harry Dorsey Gaugh, Perry Hall was named after the family castle near Birmingham England. The 16-room home, the seat of a vast plantation, soon became one of the leading houses in colonial Maryland. The mansion, considered a “sister” house to Hampton Mansion not very far away, turned from a house of raucous parties to a place of more reserved pleasure as Gaugh and his wife, Prudence, became ardent supporters of the early Methodist movement that had strong roots in Maryland.

Gaugh became a distinguished planter, a member of Maryland’s House of Delegates, and on the board of one of Maryland’s first orphanages. After Gaugh’s death in 1808, the mansion remained in the family for nearly 50 years. It was sold to a group of investors in 1852 that carved the plantation into lots for houses, many of which went to German immigrants. By 2001, the estate had dwindled to four acres and the house was sold to Baltimore County for use as a museum and community center. The County completed a first stage of restoration in 2004, and exterior restoration won an award from the Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County as an “outstanding public project.” The Friends are continuing with the restoration of this stately home.

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Perry Hall Mansion (1936)

Perry Hall Mansion (1936)

Exterior view of Perry Hall Mansion. | Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,3-PERHA,1--1 | Creator: E. H. Pickering View File Details Page

Perry Hall Mansion (1936)

Perry Hall Mansion (1936)

View of the rear of Perry Hall Mansion. | Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,3-PERHA,1--2 | Creator: E. H. Pickering View File Details Page

Entrance, Perry Hall Mansion (1936)

Entrance, Perry Hall Mansion (1936)

View of the entrance to Perry Hall Mansion. | Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,3-PERHA,1--3 | Creator: E. H. Pickering View File Details Page

Perry Hall Mansion (c.1900)

Perry Hall Mansion (c.1900)

View of the front of the Perry Hall Mansion. | Source: Personal collection of Sean Kief, Historic Perry Hall Mansion, Inc. View File Details Page

Perry Hall Mansion (c.1900)

Perry Hall Mansion (c.1900)

View of entrance and side porch of Perry Hall Mansion. | Source: Personal collection of Sean Kief, Historic Perry Hall Mansion, Inc. View File Details Page

Dunty Family at Perry Hall Mansion (c.1900)

Dunty Family at Perry Hall Mansion (c.1900)

Image of the Dunty Family, who once owned Perry Hall Mansion. | Source: Personal collection of Sean Kief, Historic Perry Hall Mansion, Inc. View File Details Page

Dunty family children (c.1900)

Dunty family children (c.1900)

Image of the Dunty family children, who once lived at Perry Hall Mansion. | Source: Personal collection of Sean Kief, Historic Perry Hall Mansion, Inc. View File Details Page

Street Address:

3930 Perry Hall Road, Perry Hall, MD 21128 [map]

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Johns Hopkins, “Perry Hall Mansion,” Explore Baltimore Heritage, accessed April 30, 2017, http://explore.baltimoreheritage.org/items/show/173.
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