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Partially Obscured by a Willow Oak Tree

Circa 1870 Italianate Influenced Sarah Dubois Milligan House in Annapolis Maryland August 2nd 2017

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Years ago when I lived on a former 18th century Colonial era plantation there were more than a few Maple trees spread across the landscape, including half a dozen or so that surrounded the main house. Another type of hardwood tree that was quite prevalent there were Willow Oaks. While certainly the autumn hues of the Maple leaves were hard to surpass in terms of vibrancy I found the golden colored Willow Oak leaves to be almost as vibrant.

I found myself thinking about those Willow Oak trees earlier this morning while standing in front of Mrs. Sarah DuBois Milligan’s former Italianate style house. For you see about half of the house’s facade is currently obscured by the well extended horizontal branches of a mature Willow Oak tree.

In any event as to the house it was built in the late 1870s for a Sarah DuBois Milligan. Mrs. Milligan, born in 1845, was the daughter of Edward DuBois of France. Miss Sarah A. DuBois married Robert Wiley Milligan in 1870 and together they resided in this house at times during their periods of residency in Annapolis.

Robert Milligan served in the US Navy from 1863 until retiring as a rear admiral in the early 1900s. As is often case there happens to be another association between this house and the US Naval Academy that being a Mr. Casper Schenck, a payroll supervisor at the Academy during the later 1800s, resided in this house until the early 1900s.

As an aside the land on which this house is located had been previously owned by a number of notable 18th century families including those of the Hammonds, Chases and the Lloyds.

Have a pleasant day,

Glenn

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