Historic Fairlee Mansion c.1897

This beautiful grand Victorian home on 2.5 acres is located close to both Baltimore and Washington DC in Catonsville, MD. It’s features include spacious rooms, high ceilings, extensive historic detailing, 2 staircases, a large wrap around porch, custom fireplace mantels, in-law suite with kitchen, gorgeous wood floors, and much more. The Historic Fairlee Mansion is one of the largest and most distinguished homes in Catonsville’s Historic District. This has been the first opportunity to purchase this rare find in 32 years! In addition to its historical significance, the Historic Fairlee Mansion served as a set for a 2 part bridge episode on the 8th season of Law & Order and the 6th season of Law & Order Homicide.

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Listing Price: 699000
Address: 10 Seminole Ave
City: Catonsville
State: MD
ZIP: 21228-5637
Year Built: 1897
MLS # (if any): BC7702797
Square Feet:
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 3.5
Basement: Cellar
Style: Victorian
Auction: No


Main Floor- 10′ ceiling

Living Room 20’x15′- Wood floor, ornate mantel wood, fireplace, embossed ceiling, pocket doors
Foyer 23’x11′- Fireplace, ceramic tile, wood mantel, columns, dental molding, hang lamp, stain glass door
Dining Room 20’x14′- Wood floor, wood panel, fireplace, hang lamp, pocket door
Family Room 26’x13′- Bay window, ornate fireplace with wood mantel, pocket doors
Bathroom 12’x9′- Carpet, sink, built in lamp
Kitchen 15’x15′- Vinyl floor, brick hearth, wood stove, double sink, pine cabinets, back stairs

2nd Floor- 9′ ceilings

Bedroom 1 15’x25′- Wood floor, fireplace with wooden mantel, 2 closets, door to porches
Bedroom 2 19’x11′- Wood floor, door to Bedroom 1, closet
Bedroom 3 19’x11′- Wood floor, fireplace with wooden mantel, 2 closets, door to Sitting Room
Sitting Room 12’x7′
Bedroom 4 20’x12′- Wood floor, 2 closets, fireplace with wooden mantel
Hall Bathroom- Tile floor, tile walls
Bedroom 5 14’x13′- Carpet, 2 closets

3rd Floor

Foyer 21’x17′
Bedroom 6 22’x15′- Closet, carpet
Family Room 22’x9′- Wood floor
Bedroom 7 20’x15′- Wood floor, closet
Bedroom 8 20’x17′- Wood floor


The Historic Fairlee Mansion was built in 1897 for Mr. Joseph G. Valiant in the Historic District of Catonsville. Old Catonsville Historic District is a national historic district in CatonsvilleBaltimore CountyMarylandUnited States. It was laid out with the construction of the electric railway and is overwhelmingly residential, with three churches (one with a school), a modern public library, and an Art Deco water tower. Architectural styles in the district range from mid- to late-19th century vernacular “I-houses” to late-19th and early-20th century styles such as Queen AnneBungalowColonial Revival, Dutch Colonial, Tudor Revival, and Craftsman. A large number of these dwellings have freestanding garages, typically finished in a like manner to their houses.

History of Catonsville

Europeans were the second group to settle the area now known as Catonsville. It is generally believed by historians that native tribes, known as the Piscataway, established villages here before the European colonists arrived. This tribe occupied the land between the Potomac to the Chesapeake Bay and up the Patapsco River. Catonsville was located along the Piscataway Trail. The colonists and the tribes got along until the mid-17th century, when the English government ended the practices of Catholic Missionaries in the area. It is believed that the tribes were driven from their villages and some were hunted by slave catchers. As happened in many areas of the early colonial America, diseases unknown to the tribes were spread by the colonists. Eventually, the tribes moved north under the protection of the Iroquois.

With most of the natives scattered, the colonists expanded across Maryland. Present day Catonsville was settled in the 18th century. In the early 19th century, a county road along the Patapsco River—named the Frederick Turnpike, later designated Route 144—was opened by the Ellicott family to service traffic between their flour mill, Ellicott Mills, and Baltimore. Catonsville as we know it today was settled along this route by Richard Caton, under the authority of his father-in-law Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Travelers along “the turnpike” (as it was then known) rested and conducted business in the area, causing Catonsville to grow.

The large Victorian and Colonial homes located in Catonsville were built by wealthy Baltimoreans. Originally, these communities were used as summer residences to escape the heat in Baltimore. Eventually, as in many communities with the introduction of the automobile and electric trolley, families began to reside in Catonsville year round. Baltimore has attempted over the years to annex Catonsville, the last attempt in 1918, but all attempts were rebuffed. The community remains an unincorporated town in Baltimore County. It is home to Spring Grove Hospital Center, the nation’s second oldest continuously operating psychiatric hospital, as well as the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) made his last public appearance on June 9, 1909, at the commencement ceremony of St. Timothy’s School for Girls in Catonsville, to fulfill a promise he made to a young girl he had met on the steamer “Minnehaha” in 1907.

Catonsville was briefly made quite famous during the 1968 protest by the “Catonsville Nine“, during which draft records were burned by Catholic anti-war activists.

In 2002, the Maryland legislature issued a proclamation declaring Catonsville to be “Music City, Maryland” due to a concentration of musical retail stores, venues and educational facilities in the area.

In 2007 Money magazine ranked Catonsville the 49th best place to live in the USA, third best in Maryland and Virginia.

Catonsville is a terminus of the Trolley Line Number 9 Trail.

HISTORIC FAIRLEE MANSION- Showing by Appointment

Historic Home Buyers are not looking for just a house – a composite of wood and nails. They listen attentively to the centuries old stories that heart pine floors reveal and revel in the craftsmanship of a time when artisans took pride in their work. They know that within every line and plane of a historic home, there lies a measured moment for reflection. We understand historic home buyers and we are historic home experts.
The Historic Fairlee Mansion presents a unique opportunity to acquire a home of significant historic integrity that has been beautifully updated for elegant modern living. This is a home of rare and beautiful distinction. Let us show you this extraordinary home.


Gary Gestson
Certified Historic Properties Specialist, Long & Foster Realtors
301-646-0046 / 301-975-9500 ext.4604
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