Mount Clare House Museum House
Mount Clare House is the oldest Colonial-era structure in Baltimore. The first property at this location, a cottage and bachelor’s home, was built by John Henry Carroll in 1754. John Carroll’s brother inherited the estate, and following his marriage, began construction of the Gregorian home in 1763. Construction was still ongoing around 1767, and it is this home that still stands in Baltimore within Carroll Park. The Mount Clare House and plantation remained in the Carroll family until 1840, and since then, it has served various purposes, such as housing for Union soldiers and a beer garden. Currently, the Mount Clare House is a museum that seeks to educate the public about all aspects of Colonial and 18th-century plantation life, including issues like slavery and indentured servants. The house includes a library with numerous volumes on genealogy, the colonial and revolutionary periods, and Maryland history.
Backstory and Context
History of the Mount Clare Home
For an idea regarding furnishings in colonial times, following is a list of orders that Carroll made to English merchants in 1760:
"One Turkey Carpet suitable for a Room 25 feet Long and Twenty Broad at about Ten Guineas"
"One Ditto for a Room Twenty feet Long and Eighteen Broad at about six Guineas"
"Two Looking Glasses with Gilt Frames of the Plain Genteel Fashion. The same Patterns for a Room thirteen feet Pitch with Double sconces or Branches fixed to the Frames of the Glasses, as the Room where they are to Hang is stocco'd and no places left for fixing the sconces if separated from the Glasses at about Ten Guineas Each"1