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Perhaps the Oldest House in Cambridge Maryland

C1740 J Caile House Built in Annapolis Disassembled and Rebuilt in Cambridge 1750s June 3rd 2017

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Front of the c1740 J. Caile House Today

For those a bit confused after reading the title of today’s post let me state that it features photographs of a mid 18th century house located in the Cambridge Maryland Historic District. In addition this is the first time I have posted the photograph of a setting, house, building, garden, boat, or even person that wasn’t taken in the City of Annapolis. Okay so it must be related to Annapolis somehow right? Well continue reading to understand why it seemed appropriate to have done so.

The photograph above features the J Caile House located in Cambridge Maryland. The house is believed to have been built in the 1740s, however it was actually built in the City of Annapolis. Historical records indicate that Mr. Caile, a merchant as well as Dorchester County Court Clerk, owned this two story Annapolis four bay frame house in the mid 18th century. It was during the 1750s when Mr. Caile would have his Annapolis house disassembled and transported by boat across the Chesapeake Bay to be reassembled on a lot where the present day Dorchester County Courthouse is located.

Ironically enough Mr. Caile’s house would remain at its new Cambridge location for only the better part of a decade or so for by the 1770s the reassembled house would be moved about a half a block or so down the street to its present location

 

Circa 1740 J Caile House Featuring Dr Bayly's c1820 Norhteast Side Addition in Cambridge Maryland June 3rd 2017

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c1740 J Caile House with its Early 19th Century Brick Addition

Mr. Caile’s reassembled, as well as relocated, house would be purchased by a Dr. Alexander Bayly who was responsible in the early 1800s for having the one bay brick addition built on to original frame house, depicted on the right side in the photograph above. It was during that same period when the front door of the house was moved to its current location facing the street.

By the way descendants of the Bayly Family would go on to own this house until January 2013, that I believe made for six generations of ownership.

 

C1740 J Caile House Front Porch and Door Built for Dr Bayly In the 1800s in Cambridge MD June 3rd 2017

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Front Door and Porch of the J Caile and Dr. Bayly House

As a point of clarification the original entrance or door was on the right or northeast side of the house that is obscured today by the early 19th century painted brick addition. Not only did Dr. Bayly reorient the front entrance of the house to its south side but he also had the covered front porches built.

 

C1740 J Caile House Moved From Annapolis to Cambridge in the 1750s Photographed in the Winter of 2015

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J Caile and Dr. Bayly House Winter of 2015

Fortunately Mr. Caile’s house has survived the ravages of time seemingly intact, although the house appeared to have gone through a challenging period of exterior maintenance over the prior ten years or so. The photograph directly above I took during the winter of 2015 where it indicated how the woodwork of the c1740s main house was in dire need of painting, among other things.

In the time since the house was purchase by its present owner, over two years ago now, its exterior has been cleaned, prepped and painted, along with the fence as well. Certainly what a difference the last two years have made in the case of the house’s exterior appearance.

I included this last photograph since it more clearly depicts the architectural features of the house, both mid 18th century as well as early 19th century, that are presently obscured by the lush spring foliage in the trees along the sidewalk, additionally it also provides for a then and now comparison as well.

This completes my post of a house built in Annapolis in the 1740s, then disassembled and shipped to Cambridge Maryland in the 1750s only to be moved in 1770s.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone,

Glenn

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