Crimea (HM3T6)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21207
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 18.322', W 76° 41.94'

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To escape the intolerable heat of Baltimore summers, Thomas Dekay Winans built this country house on land which he had purchased in 1855. Winans had recently returned from Russia, where he made a fortune supervising construction of the transcontinental railroad for Czar Nicholas I. This estate he called "Crimea," after the Russian peninsula of the same name.

The grounds, which originally encompassed nearly 1,000 acres, now include the mansion, a carriage house, a chapel, a honeymoon cottage and a caretaker's house. The mansion is of mid-nineteenth century Victorian architecture, built of Maryland stone with wood trim.

During the Civil War, the owners of Crimea were known Southern sympathizers. To discourage Union troops from entering the estate, the Winans constructed a hoax fort with fake cannons. Undeterred, the troops of General Benjamin Butler chopped up the estate's orchard for firewood, arrested Winans' father, Ross, and held him in Fort McHenry. Other prominent Baltimoreans including the mayor were also arrested for sessionist sentiments.

The city acquired these grounds in...

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HM NumberHM3T6
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Baltimore City Historical Markers series
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceHome
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Placed ByThe City of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, mayor
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 4:13am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 353510 N 4352040
Decimal Degrees39.30536667, -76.69900000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.322', W 76° 41.94'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 19.3200" N, 76° 41' 56.4000" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)410, 443
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1901 Eagle Dr, Baltimore MD 21207, US
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