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The distinguished house on the grounds of this 18th-century plantation is the earliest (1703) post-in-ground structure known to exist in the United States; in place of a foundation, cedar timbers driven straight into the ground support it. The house is a sampler of architectural styles and interior design from the last two centuries. On the grounds of this National Historic Landmark are other buildings from the 18th through early 20th century: a Colonial customs warehouse, a smokehouse, a "necessary" (an outhouse), and a restored slave cabin from the 1830s. The house also has Colonial Revival gardens and nature trails overlooking the Patuxent River. Admission, which is less for children, includes a tour.

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  • Address: Rte. 245 near Hollywood, 12 mi north of Lexington Park via Rtes. 235 and 245, Lexington Park, MD 20636
  • Phone: 301/373–2280
  • Cost: $10, museum $3, grounds
  • Hours: May–Oct., Tues.–Sat. 10–4, Sun. noon–4. Grounds open year-round
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  • Location: Lexington Park

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