9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, Maryland
This beautifully proportioned Georgian house was built for Maj. Thomas Snowden and his wife, Anne, just after the American Revolutionary War. Elegant and situated on a high knoll, its English boxwood gardens are considered to be among the loveliest in the United States. Many of the rooms have been furnished as they would have appeared from the end of the 18th century. The staff offers tours, re-enactments, teas, and lectures.
Major Snowden’s marriage in 1774 to Ann Ridgely, a rich heiress, gave the vast plantation a name—Montpelier—in honor of his bride’s birthplace in Anne Arundel County.
George and Martha Washington occasionally visited Montpelier, as did Abigail Adams, who praised the “large, handsome, elegant House” and the Snowdens’ “true English hospitality.”
Tour hours: Sun.–Thu., Mar.–Nov.; Sun. only Dec.–Feb. Gardens open year-round. Admission charged for house tours.