Photo, Print, Drawing Handsell, 4837 Indiantown Road, Vienna, Dorchester County, MD

[ Photos from Survey HABS MD-1319  ]

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About this Item

Title
Handsell, 4837 Indiantown Road, Vienna, Dorchester County, MD
Contributor Names
Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Steele, Henry
Steele, Ann Billings
Steele, James
Steele, Isaac
Steele, Isaac Nevett
Shehee, John
Rosenthal, James W., photographer
Bieretz, Renee, photographer
Gainer, C., delineator
Ingersoll, Margaret W., historian
Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance, Inc., sponsor
Created / Published
Documentation compiled after 1933
Subject Headings
-  houses
-  war (Revolutionary War)
-  Indians of North America
-  Georgian architectural elements
-  brick chimneys
-  brickwork
-  paneling
-  1 1/2 stories
-  raised basements
-  domestic life
-  Maryland -- Dorchester County -- Vienna
Latitude / Longitude
38.508882,-75.812083
Notes
-  Significance: Handsell—a name derived from the original 1665 English land grant to Thomas Taylor—is a well-preserved example of the vernacular domestic architecture of the Chesapeake region. The house retains a high degree of integrity to the 1830s, although its front and side walls date from the eighteenth century, the remnants of a larger house. Handsell is located on the Nanticoke River and Chicone Creek north of Vienna and was constructed on a Native American Chicone village site where Taylor, an official interpreter for the Maryland colony, established a trading post. In 1769, Henry Steele, a member of an affluent and prominent colonial family, and his wife Ann acquired the property after the Chicone reservation was dissolved by the government. The couple likely constructed the original house prior to 1776 and it may have been destroyed as early as 1779 during British raids along the river. Evidence suggests that another house was not built on the site until John Shehee purchased the property in 1837 from a grandson of the Steeles. Dendrochronology has established that timbers used in the construction of the present Handsell date from that same year. The building's story-and-a-half form is typical for Chesapeake houses of the period, yet its vernacular character is, in some ways, challenged by the seemingly incongruous presence of particularly fine brickwork on the front and side walls. Shehee's decision to use extant sections of the ruined eighteenth-century house's walls was almost certainly an economic one, but, in doing so, he also inadvertently preserved visual evidence of an older house having much grander architectural and social pretensions than the new. Handsell's combination of the Georgian remnants and more modest form and details, in addition to a high level of integrity in part stemming from a lack of modern utilities, are remarkable among Chesapeake dwellings.
-  Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N1552
-  Survey number: HABS MD-1319
-  Building/structure dates: after 1769 Initial Construction
-  Building/structure dates: 1837 Subsequent Work
-  National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 08000216
Medium
Photo(s): 21
Measured Drawing(s): 6
Data Page(s): 23
Photo Caption Page(s): 2
Call Number/Physical Location
HABS MD-1319
Source Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Control Number
md1844
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html
Online Format
image
pdf
Description
Photo(s): 21 | Measured Drawing(s): 6 | Data Page(s): 23 | Photo Caption Page(s): 2

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Chicago citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, Henry Steele, Ann Billings Steele, James Steele, Isaac Steele, Isaac Nevett Steele, John Shehee, C Gainer, Margaret W Ingersoll, and Inc Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance, Rosenthal, James W, and Renee Bieretz, photographer. Handsell,Indiantown Road, Vienna, Dorchester County, MD. Dorchester County Maryland Vienna, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/md1844/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, C., Steele, H., Steele, A. B., Steele, J., Steele, I., Steele, I. N. [...] Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance, I., Rosenthal, J. W. & Bieretz, R., photographer. (1933) Handsell,Indiantown Road, Vienna, Dorchester County, MD. Dorchester County Maryland Vienna, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/md1844/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, et al., photographers by Rosenthal, James W, and Renee Bieretz. Handsell,Indiantown Road, Vienna, Dorchester County, MD. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/md1844/>.