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Historic Myrtle Hill c.1798

1340 Bruceville Road, Keymar, MD 21757
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Historic Myrtle Hill c.1798
Historic Myrtle Hill was built by Norman Bruce in c.1798. Gorgeous private setting on the edge of Big Pipe Creek with spacious rooms, wood floors, 7 fireplaces, historic detailing, vintage jail structure, wood burning furnace backup, partially wooded lot, double side porch & much more. This is a rare buying opportunity in the historic village of Bruceville, near to DC & Baltimore.

Myrtle Hill & Norman Bruce

Maryland Historical Trust
Mrytle Hill, built by Normand (a.k.a. Norman, Normond) Bruce, the founder of Bruceville, is significant for its architectural components – the large stone and frame house, the stone meat house, and the remains of the large single span stone arch bridge, no longer extant, which connected it within the town of Bruceville, on the south side of Big Pipe Creek, with Good Intent on the north side.

It is most significant for its association with the original settlers and founders of Bruceville, and the neighboring community of Keymar, namely the Key and the Bruce families. It is a component of the Bruceville Historic District, which is located in Middleburg district, about one half mile north of the junction of the Western Maryland and Frederick and Pennsylvania Line Railroads.

Bruce laid out the town and named it for himself in the eighteenth century. The earliest accounts of the history of Normand are that he immigrated from Scotland settling on Pipe Creek in 1763. The state of Maryland granted to Bruce and Edward Diggs 5,301 acres, extending from Keysville along Big Pipe Creek (and north of the area that became Bruceville). The whole region was called “Bedford” at the time.

At the same time the land south of the creek belonged to John Ross Key. Normand Bruce desired the Key property for the purpose of erecting a mill on Big Pipe Creek, thus he entered into negations with Key, which resulted in an exchange of heir estates. In 1764 Normand Bruce married Susanne Key, daughter of a Philip Key of St. Mary’s County…

History of Bruceville

Maryland Historical Trust
The village of Bruceville is significant for its association with two highly significant families in Carroll County history, the Bruce’s and the Key’s, who were instrumental in the foundiig of the town, as well as for the outstanding contributions that members of those families made to county, state and national history. It retains particularly strong associations with them because the Bruce’s founded the village, and because of the substantial and architecturally notable extant houses that they built in Bruceville— Myrtle Hill ( CARR-9241, and Good Intent (CARR-925).

Evidently at one point a bustling village with considerable industry, Bruceville has been greatly diminished and apart from these two large and exceptionally well preserved structures (Mrytle Hill and Good Intent), most of the local building stock that existed at the turn of the century has disappeared or is diminished through alterations or lack of physical upkeep. Thus, apart from these two major buildings, there is loss of integrity in the structures as well as the streetscapes, related to the considerable diminishment of the village economically because it was bypassed and thus no longer functions as a
commercial center.of employment…


Main Floor
Foyer 8′ x 6′ – Wood floor, hang lamp, vintage coat pegs, staircase.
Living Room 18′ x 14′ – Wood floor, fireplace with marble mantel, hanging lamp, 2 built-in cabinets, 3 windows.
Family Room 18′ x 15′ – Wood floor, fireplace with wood mantel & stove, hanging lamp, 2 windows.
Dining Room 19′ x 15′ – Wood floor, fireplace with wood mantel, 4 cabinets, door to porch, 2 windows.
Kitchen 19‘ x 17’ – Wood floor, hanging lamp, recessed lighting, fireplace with wood mantel, double sink, exposed brick wall, 3 closets, Vulcan electric stove, door to porch, 3 windows.

2nd Floor

Landing 17′ x 6′ – Wood floor, hanging lamp, chair rail, 1 window.
Master Bedroom 18′ x 17′ – Wood floor, ceiling fan, fireplace with wood mantel, built-in closets & drawers, door to porch, 2 windows.
Master Bathroom  – Wood floor, powder room (no tub or shower), 1 window.
Hall Bathroom 16′ x 11′ – Wood floor, fireplace with wood mantel, claw foot tub, shower, closet, 2 windows.
Bedroom 2 16′ x 14′ – Wood floor, ceiling fan, built-in drawers & cupboards, 2 windows.
Bedroom 3 16′ x 14′ – Wood floor, fireplace with wood mantel, ceiling fan, built-in cupboards, door to hall bathroom, 2 windows.

Full attic – with fixed staircase & wood floor.
Full Cellar – with ground level and interior entrances


Norman Bruce & Myrtle Hill – National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form
Bruceville – National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form
Chain of Title – History of ownership

  • Address: 1340 Bruceville Road
  • City: Keymar
  • State/county: Maryland
  • Zip/Postal Code: 21757
  • Country: United States


Updated on April 1, 2019 at 2:53 am

  • Property ID: 5271
  • Price: $375,000
  • Land Area: 2.62 Acres
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Garage: 2 Spaces
  • Year Built: 1798
  • Property Type: Homes
  • Property Status: Sold


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Gary Gestson
Gary Gestson
301-975-9500 ext. 4604301-646-0046
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