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Built in 1783 – The Oldest House Standing in Silver Spring MD

This Tidewater Style Farmhouse was originally built in 1783 at the top of a densely wooded hill on over 100 acres in Silver Spring, Maryland.   Built by Josiah Beane, the home is located overlooking Colesville Road between 4 Corners and Burnt Mills. The property was named “Holly View”.

Holly View - Kinsman Farmhouse - Silver Spring

Among the next owners of the property were Joseph H.Bond, owner of the mill at nearby Burnt Mills, and James F. Meline, comptroller of the U.S. currency.

The farm and house and 80 acres was purchased by Union Civil War veteran, Colonel Oliver Kinsman and his wife in 1880.  The Colonel died in 1927 and the house and grounds were left to his 4 daughters.  The home was occupied by their daughters until 1971, part of the original Kinsman property having by then been sold and developed.  Afterwards, heirs rented out the heavily-wooded property for about 10 years until the Developer purchased the property in the early 1980’s

Now, the old house on 3/4 of an acre is nearly surrounded by 82 townhomes built by Stanley Martin Communities.  The different architectural styles/models are named after the 4 daughters, Olive, Angela, Lucretia and Elinor.

On an adjoining remnant of the Holly View property, Stanley Martin also constructed 50 detached homes.

The old house has 7 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths, 2 Fireplaces and is listed on the National Historic Register.  History of “Holly View” written in the 1970’s.

*Note – This house is not currently for sale

  1. Brad Yzermans

    I really miss having historical buildings and homes in my community like you have on the east coast. Most homes with-in 30 miles either direction of where I live in So California are no more than 15-20 years old…a lot of cookie cutter type architecture.

    But we do have an old west themed ‘Old Town’ that still has some wooden sidewalks.

    That is so awesome the town home development surrounding it included the daughters names….i love history.

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