Historic Cascade House c.1890
This beautifully maintained 7 bedroom & 4.5 bathroom cedar-side Victorian home, located just 1 hour north of the Washington, DC Beltway, is nicely positioned on 1.19 private acres and offers serene mountain views. With high ceilings, original wood floors and spacious rooms, this home combines historic integrity & modern amenities. Featuring an in-law/au pair suite on the third floor and a bedroom suite with full bathroom on the first floor, this versatile and expansive property allows for friends & family to enjoy a lifestyle that suits their distinctive needs.
With a large wrap-around porch & sun room, this luxurious home has a wonderful blend of indoor, outdoor, and in-between spaces for entertaining and everyday living. Take in the gorgeous views from the wrap-around porch or relax in the elegant Victorian rooms with cool breezes gently passing through their open transoms. Host family and friends for long summer weekends and take advantage of nearby Historic Monterey Country Club with its public golf course, and tennis & swimming (membership required), or enjoy the many South Mountain hiking trails and Civil War historic sites, like Gettysburg (only 20 minutes by car). For winter distraction, this property is just minutes from Ski Liberty Resort & 40 minutes on scenic back country roads from Whitetail Ski Resort, two of the east coast’s premiere winter sport’s destinations. Fine restaurants & shopping can be found 20 minutes away in Hagerstown and Frederick.
In the late 19th century, when this Cascade House was built, the region was known as Pen Mar and served a mountain resort where affluent Washington, DC and Baltimore residents built their vernacular summer homes. Normally 10-15 degrees cooler in the summer, than Baltimore, and accessible by train, the area was a natural escape destination. Today, Cascade Maryland offers its residents homes that are architecturally unique, and a rural environment surrounded by state parks, farms & orchards.
A great “weekend getaway”, a summer retreat, potential B&B, or full-time residence, this is a home of rare and beautiful distinction, close to Baltimore & DC, yet a world away.
Main Floor (10′ ceiling)
Grand Foyer 18′ x 12′ – Wood floor, hanging lamp, ornate staircase, fireplace with wood stove & brick mantel, dutch door to porch, French doors to Sun Room, French doors to Dining Room, closet, 2 windows.
Living Room 20′ x 12′ – Wood floor, fireplace with gas insert & brick mantel, crown molding, ceiling fan, 3 windows (2 are 7′ French doors).
Bedroom Suite 1 15′ x 14′ – Wood floor, ceiling fan, crown molding, closet, transom, 3 windows.
*Bathroom 10′ x 5′ – Ceramic tile floor, bathtub, 1 window.
Dining Room 20′ x 16′ – Wood floor, hanging lamp, crown molding, fireplace with wood mantel, 2 windows.
Sun Room 18′ x 9′ – Ceramic tile floor, ceiling fan, French doors to porch, 2 windows.
Kitchen 16′ x 16′ – Vinyl tile floor, gas range, large pantry, ceiling fan, crown molding, catering station with sink, painted cabinets, side door to a porch, 3 windows.
Powder Room 7′ x 4′ – Vinyl tile floor, built-in shelving, 1 window.
Entry Hall 16′ x 7′ – Ceramic tile floor, chair rail, crown molding, closet, front door.
2nd Floor (9′ ceiling)
Hall Bathroom 8′ x 7′ – Vinyl floor, claw foot bathtub, 1 window.
Laundry 11′ x 9′ – Vinyl floor, closet, 1 window.
Bedroom 2 11′ x 10′ – Wood floor, ceiling fan, crown molding, closet, transom, 1 window.
Bedroom 3 16′ x 12′ – Wood floor, ceiling fan, crown molding, fireplace (decorative) with wood mantel, closet, pass-door to Bedroom 4, transom, 2 windows.
Bedroom 4 16′ x 15′ – Wood floor, ceiling fan, closet, transom, 3 windows.
Hall Bathroom 10′ x 6′ – Wood floor, claw foot bathtub, 1 window.
Bedroom 5 22′ x 18′ – Wood floor, ceiling fan, closet, transom, 3 windows.
Bedroom 6 15′ x 10′ – Wood floor, ceiling fan, crown molding, closet, transom, 3 windows.
Bedroom 7 Suite
*Kitchenette 19′ x 15′ – Wood floor, sink & counter, recessed lighting, door to deck, 1 window.
*Bedroom 14′ x 13′ – Carpet, closet, 2 windows.
*Bathroom 8′ x 4′ – Wood floor, shower.
*Living Room 20′ x 15′ – Carpet, recessed lighting, door to large storage room, 3 windows.
Appalachian Trail – Brief history and information
Camp David – Brief history of the presidential retreat
Cunningham Falls State Park – Outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, hunting & fishing
Ski Liberty Resort – Premiere east coast resort
Pen Mar Park – Picnics, playgrounds, beautiful views & cool breezes
High Rock Overlook – View of 4 states & 18 counties
South Mountain State Park – Wildlife & American history
Gettysburg Battlefield – Gettysburg Foundation
The Historic Monterey Country Club is located in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, an area steeped in Civil War history; the community is best known for being the birthplace – adjacent to the first tee — of Wallis Simpson, who married King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom). Built before 1885, on the site of a Civil War battle called The Fight at Monterey Pass, the Historic Monterey Golf Course is one of the 5 oldest golf courses in the United States and the oldest in southwest Pennsylvania.
The course was originally built as part of the Monterey Inn; in 1903 the Monterey Country Club was established as a summer resort retreat by a group of prominent businessmen from Baltimore and Washington, D. C. One of the distinguishing features of Monterey is its classic shingle style club house. American Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge and Dwight D. Eisenhower have all played the Monterey Country Club course.
*the golf course is open to the public while, membership is required for access to pool, snack bar and tennis courts.
The Pen Mar area became prominent in the late 19th century with the development of a formal resort there in 1877. Colonel John Mifflin Hood rightly believed that a resort area in the Blue Ridge Mountains would encourage the public to use his trains from the Western Maryland Railroad to travel to the area. Not only did the Western Maryland Railroad develop a resort but also an amusement park that included a scenic lookout, roller coaster, movie theater, dance pavilion, picnic shelter, miniature train, photo studio, concession stand, carousel with a penny arcade, dining hall and children’s playground. The park was a huge success with thousands of visitors taking the 71 mile trip from Baltimore to Pen Mar. The single day park attendance reached close to 20,000 visitors.
The growth of the park naturally led to the growth of the village of Pen Mar. The town of Pen Mar was officially incorporated in 1920 with an act to add new sections to Article 22 of the code of public laws of Maryland. The town had a post office, many hotels and over 100 boarding houses during this time of growth…
The end of the 1920’s started the demise of the once glorious park. By the end of the decade “virtually no one traveled here by train. By 1929 the park was not turning a profit for the Western Maryland Railroad. The park was subsequently leased to a private investor who was able to keep the park going until 1943.
Monterey Country Club – Nearby club with one of the oldest golf courses in the USA.
Pen Mar Park – WikiPedia.com
Greetings From Pen Mar – Story of Historic Pen Mar Park and the Area
My Pen Mar Story – A historical account by Judith A Schlotterbeck, Jan 1, 1977
All information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.
Certified Historic Maryland Properties Specialist (CHMP)
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
189 Kentlands Blvd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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