Life Cycle of a House

Life Cycle of a House (HM2DW2)

Location: , MD Charles County
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N 38° 26.6', W 77° 15.283'

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Only brick remain from a house that was built, expanded, abandoned and dismantled over two centuries

Expanding the House
The bricks straight ahead are the foundation of a two-story addition to the house. This expansion was completed in the mid-19th century while the Reverend William Chiles owned the property. Porches were added to the front and back of the house.

At the same time, the boards forming the exterior sheathing of the house were replaced and the roof was reshingled.

After the Reverend Chiles died in 1874, his wife Matilda lived here until 1900. The property then passed through a series of owners. By 1950, the house had been abandoned.

Interior Details and a Tobacco Plant

In the 1970s, Potomac Electric Power Company planned to build a nuclear power plant here. By this time, the house was in ruins. Though the power plant never was built, an architectural historian documented the house before it was dismantled.

Though the house was in ruins, the interior walls still stood. A transom window allowed light to pass over an interior door. A built-in cupboard with molded wood decorations had stood in one corner.

After the house was dismantled, a tobacco plant grew where the house once stood. Researchers as the University of Maryland identified the plant as an old variety of tobacco no longer grown here. An old seed must have fallen and germinated when

the house was taken down. This hardy plant serves as a reminder of the tobacco farming that once took place here.

(Image of hinge.)
A hinge from an interior door.

(Image of a door.)
A transom window allowed light to pass between rooms over an interior door. In this photo, with the building in ruins, the window looks onto the trees outside.

(Black & white drawing of a house.)
If you stood here in the mid-19th century, this is the house you would have seen. The Reverend Chiles, the owner, expanded the house with a two-story addition, located on the right. Porches were also added. Only the double chimney and brick foundation remain today.

(Icon in the upper-left corner for the Chiles Homesite.)

(Icon in the lower-right corner for the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.)
HM NumberHM2DW2
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Date Added Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 10:03am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 303227 N 4257413
Decimal Degrees38.44333333, -77.25471667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 26.6', W 77° 15.283'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 26' 36" N, 77° 15' 16.98" W
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