to our family's quixotic project to save this historic home from pending development and give it a new life on Maryland's eastern shore. Here you will find details on the project, including logistics for the local communities affected by the move and additional resources for those who want to know more about what's going on with this house on wheels.
Facing years of unoccupied neglect and the endless march of suburban sprawl, the historic Galloway mansion, located in Easton Maryland, had a bleak future. In order to keep this amazing piece of American history and architecture from succumbing to these forces, we decided to do the seemingly unthinkable - pick the whole house up, brick chimneys and all, drive it six miles through the town of Easton, load it on a barge, and then float it 50 miles through the Chesapeake Bay to its new home in Queenstown, Maryland. There, it will be restored to the original Georgian masterpiece that was once proudly called "Galloway."
One of our goals is to minimize impacts to those in the community. However, the house will need to cross several roads, there will be some disruptions to traffic. For more details, please visit the Closures page.
The house now known as "Galloway" was constructed from 1760 to 1764 for the newly married William Nicols and Henrietta Maria Chamberlaine Nicols to serve as their home amidst their 600 acre plantation in Talbot County, Maryland. Reputed to be a wedding gift given by the Chamberlaine family to the young couple, Galloway saw the birth of the Nicols four children and untimely death of both parents by 1778. The property lived through many different uses over the years, serving as a plantation, a stock farm, a dairy, and finally the home of a florist for nearly 50 years. The new intended use for this property is to give 4 generations of a very mobile and dispersed family someplace to call home.
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