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Visit to Belmont

Enjoyed my visit to the historic Belmont estate in Elkridge, where Alexander Hanson and his wife Priscilla lived from 1815 on. After changing hands a few times the property is now managed by the Howard County Recreation and Parks Department and has been nicely restored. It’s really a stunning site (and great spot for functions!) There is a small cemetery in the back with graves for some of the Hanson/Dorsey family members, though no one is quite sure where Hanson himself is buried. His son Charles Grosvenor Hanson, and brother-in-law, Thomas Grosvenor, the congressman from New York are also here. Local historians have conducted tests, including using ground-penetrating radar, to see what other graves might be buried on site, but the evidence is mostly inconclusive. I’m still hoping to track down more information about that. It was also cool to see the inscription from the original owners Caleb and Priscilla Dorsey in 1738 (Hanson’s wife’s grandparents.) The folks at the Manor, including manage Catherine Allen were super-friendly and eager to share in the history of the estate. More info is available on their website:

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