Details of Significance

General

  • A home of rare distinction and architectural significance. Acton Hall, built circa 1760, a refined, two-story Georgian-period home, is one of the finest mid-18th Century manor houses in Annapolis. 
  • Acton Hall is the only privately owned 18th Century Georgian residence that has retained its original waterfront location.
  • Acclaimed by Historic Annapolis for its superb composition and architectural details.
  • Built with local brick, laid in Flemish Bond, with brick water tables.
  • A hipped roof with a pair of massive chimney stacks with decorative brickwork, providing eight chimney flues.
  • Four-brick deep belt course surrounding the entire exterior.
  • Three-part front façade with pedimented end pavilions and flat key arches with pedimented entrance porch.
  • Tuscan columns, paired double door entrance with original six-part raised panel door with original lock and hinges; half-round fan light above doors.
  • Elliptical windows in the two pedimented gables on the front of the house.
  • 12 over 12 sash windows throughout; 20% of the window glass is original.
  • Spa Creek exterior side of home features a one-story semi-octagonal veranda that surrounds the living room.

Interior

  • Eleven-room interior is strikingly consistent in design and ornamentation.
  • Main level includes spacious center hall, formal dining room, family room, waterside semi-octagonal living room, library and home office; Hyphen wing incudes: kitchen, breakfast room, butler’s pantry, powder room and laundry. 
  • Three (very rare) original “jib doors” provide access from the living room, library and home office to the veranda.
  • Kitchen with granite counters, heart pine flooring, cherry cabinets, two sinks and two dish washers.
  • Eight working fireplaces; several with original mantels.
  • 10 ½ foot ceilings on the first and second floors.
  • Floors are wide-plank heart pine.
  • Living room decorated with hand-carved rope molding.
  • Folding interior pocket window shutters for primary living areas.
  • Straight run staircase with square baluster stairway with turned newels.
  • Upper level includes Master Bedroom Suite with spacious dressing room with built-ins.
  • Bath with marble floor, shower; twin sinks and vanities; Jacuzzi tub.
  • Two Guest Bedrooms each with full bathroom with Carrera marble floor.
  • Lower level includes wine cellar, finished storage room with concrete floor and stucco walls; separate mechanical room.
  • Attached Carriage House with separate outside entrance, 2-car garage, carpeted and cedar-lined storage closets and 850 sq. ft. water view apartment with large bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom for staff or guests. The apartment is licensed as a rental unit.

Exterior:  Waterfront  and Grounds

  • Approximately 72 feet of waterfront on Spa Creek’s Acton Cove (7-8 feet MLW). 
  • Waterfront is bulk headed with a 60 x 6 foot pier. 2 deep water slips (60x20 and 60x15 feet), Water with hose bibs for each slip; 110v service with one 50-amp outlet and two 30-amp outlets.
  • Terraced lawns and gardens lead from spacious rear veranda to waterfront.
  • Irrigation system for grounds, including raised planting beds; serviced by separate water meter.
  • Six-foot high brick perimeter wall with three entry gates.
  • Approximately 500 feet between Franklin Street and Spa Creek for a total of .968 acres.
  • Spacious lawn on street and waterside of property.
  • Two car garage, circular drive and off-street parking pad provide parking for seven cars.
  • Mature plantings with 100 year old English boxwoods; dog wood; crape myrtle; bayberry; southern magnolia; willow oak; weeping cherry; crab apple; peach, fig and espaliered apple tree. Raised planting beds for vegetables, herbs and cutting garden.
  • Grape arbor (rebuilt 2016) supports 30-year-old grape vines.
  • Brick-floor greenhouse with potting sink, separate entrance and retractable louver sunscreen; heated and thermostatically–controlled vents.
  • Main house contains 3546 sq. ft.; Hyphen and Carriage House wing (including 2 car garage) contains 2228 sq. ft. Total square footage is 5684 and the living area is 5234 sq. ft.
  • Additional buildings: pool house (with wet-bar, ½ bath, pool equipment and storage areas).
  • Boat storage house with electric.
  • Heating/cooling: 4 Zones of HVAC (first floor is a dual gas/heat pump unit); second floor, kitchen wing and Carriage house apartment each have their own heat pump zones). Oldest unit was installed in 2010.
  • Cedar shingle roof and copper gutters replaced in house, pool house and boat storage in 2015.
  • High capacity hot water heater for main level; separate hot water heater for second floor bathrooms; third hot water heater for Carriage house.
  •  Solar panels above Carriage house supplement main hot water heater.
  • 400 amp electric service; generator can power Emergency electric circuit.
  • Storm windows and screens for all windows.
  • Security system by Petitbon Security.

Historic Easements protect the front façade of the house and the front green. Copy of easements available upon request.

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