Crimea Estate

Crimea Estate (HM3R8)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21207
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 18.243', W 76° 41.731'

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In the mid-1800s this meadow and hillside were part of Thomas Winans' country estate, the Crimea. After returning from Russia, where he helped build the St. Petersburg-Moscow railroad, Winans established this estate. He and his Russian-born wife, Celeste, also had an in-town mansion, Aledoffsky, which no longer exists.

You can follow the old stone roadway or a pathway that leads to the Victorian stone mansion, called Orianda, and small wooden chapel at the top of the hill. At the pathway's midpoint is a mock battlement, which may have been built to protect the Confederate-sympathizing Winatis family or to represent a Crimean War fortification. Near the stream, to the left, you will see a large iron wheel that pumped water to the mansion.

Leakin Park encompasses the Crimea estate, which the City of Baltimore purchased in 1941 and 1948 with a bequest left by John Wilson Leakin.

The cast-iron eagles still flank the Windsor Mill Road entrance to Crimea as they did in this 1926 photo.

Orianda, the Crimea mansion, was built in 1856-57.

A large water wheel pumped water to the Crimea estate.
HM NumberHM3R8
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Gwynns Falls Trail series
Placed ByGwynns Falls Trail Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 5:57pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 353808 N 4351888
Decimal Degrees39.30405000, -76.69551667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.243', W 76° 41.731'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 14.58" N, 76° 41' 43.86" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1729-1799 Gwynns Falls Trail, Baltimore MD 21207, US
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