this old house

Under $75K Thursday ~ Save This Old House in Historic MD Town $75K ~ Off Market

22 Academy St, East New Market, MD 21631     $75,000 Off Market



Save this old house. The realtor’s description of this beautiful relic dating dating back to 1803 is sensitive to the care this home needs.


This house has a few names: Anderton’s Desire; The Little Manning House; and Baptist Parsonage. Anderton’s Desire was actually the name of the large plantation of Francis Anderton in colonial times on which this tiny house sits. Anderton’s name appears on the deed, so he probably built the early portion of the house. The main part of the house was most likely constructed by Thomas Troth.

The property was sold to the Manning family in 1839 and was eventually passed to Eugenia Sophia Manning (1834-1916), the wife of Dr. James H. Thomas. “Aunt Jennie,” as she was known, had some wealth but preferred to live in this tiny house for many years until her death.

After Jennie’s death in 1916, the property was divided and the house passed through several owners, finally becoming the property of the East New Market Baptist Church in 1965.

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  • 2bed
  • 1bath
  • 758sqft
  • 0.5acres lot
  • Build date 1803
  • Google Map
  • Property Listing
  • Realtor: Nancy McD. McGuire with Maryland Heritage Properties



Save this old house. This very special, very rare, very early, small vernacular building is not for everyone. For some, the historic value and preservation opportunity will be evident. It could be definitely love at first sight. In fact, one might hear, I can’t wait to own and cherish Anderton’s Desire.

This delightful ca. 1803 dwelling is considered one of the oldest wood frame houses within the Historic District. Each room speaks of the history it has seen. Each room features its own unique fireplace and handsome pine flooring. In fact, a hidden cupboard is found in the Dining room mantel. The formerly detached summer kitchen which is the last in the telescope-ing style, was joined (about 1840) by a frame hyphen. The present kitchen is located here with a brick floor. The Summer Kitchen with fireplace also boosts a brick floor.

Original architectural details and features abound. Anderton’s Desire is so pure one asks, How did it remain so untouched? It is very much like stepping back in time for there are few modern amenities. The approachable size of the house encourages one to slowly and carefully let it teach the preservationist its needs. It would make a perfect weekend (or year round) location for those looking for that small preservation project that fulfills the preservationist’s dreams.

This lovely property is nestled in the heart of the Historic District of East New Market where one will find many beautifully restored early buildings. The list is long and impressive. History is quite important to East New Market. During the second half of the 17th c., a small village in northern Dorchester County, Maryland, originally inhabited by Indians, was colonized and the town presently known as Historic East Market was established. The town was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. There is a charming log outbuilding which stands nearby on this half-acre village lot.



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Photo taken in 1985.
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The gravestone of Eugenia Sophia “Jennie” Manning Thomas.

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