Sunday, January 01, 2006

Colonial Manor May Get Indoor Plumbing

From The Baltimore (Md.) Sun:

Historic estate plans stir debate

Doughoregan owners may allow development

By Larry Carson
Sun reporter
Originally published January 1, 2006

Howard County leaders are reacting cautiously to plans for developing part of Doughoregan Manor, the Colonial-era Carroll family estate, though a proposal to extend public utilities onto the land has drawn opposition.

The descendants of Charles Carroll, the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, have been talking with county officials since summer about their proposal to raise tens of millions of dollars to pay for restoration and preservation of their 1720 estate and its 20-room historic mansion, plus 30 other buildings on 892 acres, partly at public expense.


The large estate has acted as a buffer to the intense development to the east and south, but some worry that if water and sewer lines breach its boundaries, dense development could follow in the western part of the county.


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