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Noted More as the Former Residence of Christopher Hohne

Circa 1770 Fleet Street Colonial Style House on a Rainy Summer Morning in Annapolis Maryland August 7th 2017

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Perhaps one of the three or four most representative examples of 18th century Colonial frame style houses in Annapolis today is the circa 1770 Christopher Hohne House on Fleet Street in the Historic District. It could also be said that it is very similar in design to the Barracks on nearby Pinkney Street, both of which have clapboard wood siding as well as Gambrel roofs.

Built during what was believed to have been the early 1770s for a Mr. William Slicer the history of the lot it is located on goes back even further to the 1690s when it was part of a land grant awarded to then Governor Francis Nicholson. After the City land records were destroyed during a 1704 fire the lot was claimed by Thomas Bordley. Descendants of the Bordley family sold the lot to noted City merchant and factor Charles Wallace in 1770, who in turn leased it to the afore mentioned William Slicer. As an aside there has been speculation of a house having been built on this same lot around 1720, during the Bordley ownership, by a Francis Holland though there is no documentation to support its existence.

In 1821 Christopher Hohne, a veteran of both the Revolutionary and War of 1812 who had married the daughter of the above noted Francis Holland, purchased this Fleet Street house. Christopher Hohne served in the capacity of a messenger for the office of the Mayor though unfortunately in 1827 Mr. Hohne declared bankruptcy and his house was sold by the court although he did continue to live here until his death in 1833.

Over the years the house has on occasion appeared a bit run down yet for the most part it continues to retain its period architectural details quite well.

Have a great week,

Glenn

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