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Spocott is a 350 year old house, newly renovated to provide a unique blend of history, environment, and modern comfort for a large multigenerational family. Located on Gary’s Creek on the Little Choptank River, 5.5 miles west of Cambridge in the historic Neck District of Dorchester County, Spocott House was built in 1663 and has since been owned by the same family. Spocott is the home of a former US Senator and provided inspiration for James Michener in writing Chesapeake. Immerse yourself in history, gaze at wildlife from spacious porches, and engage in a number of indoor and outdoor recreational activities. Sleeping 18 people comfortably, the house with its large waterfront, pool, boat ramp, and dock offers a wonderful opportunity for a private family getaway. Recently renovated, the house has central heating and AC, 7 bedrooms all with a water view and new beds, and a billiards room. Situated on 200 acres of wildlife management area, the property, bordered by over 1 mile of waterfront, has 5 miles of walking trails, birdwatching stations, ponds, proximity to great biking trails, and scenic views of the Little Choptank River. Consider off-season vacations when up to 10,000 geese inhabit the surrounding waters.
• Waterfront with dock and boat ramp
• 120’ dock and boat slip
• Wildlife sanctuary with ponds, wetlands, and 5 miles of trails
• Optional bird walk available; property used by 180 species of birds
• Outdoor basketball court
* New: 6-hole Disc (Frisbee) Golf Course (professional caliber)
* New: Horseshoe Pits
• Windmill and historic village located on adjoining property
• Kayaks and canoes can be rented in advance
• Riding school adjoining property that can be utilized with prior scheduling
• Outdoor barbecue, campfire ring, and 2 all-weather tables
• Outside shower
• Outdoor kennel
• Direct TV
• Two 40' LED Flat Screen TVs with DVD Players
• TV and DVD in most bedrooms
2 large porches
Crib and High Chair available
All rooms with water view...moreless
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Historic Spocott House, itself 350 years old, is located in the historic Neck District, an area also known for its wildlife, especially the large Canada Goose populations in the fall and winter. There is an historic windmill and museum complex on the adjoining property. The house is also located 20 minutes from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
Year Purchased: 1663
About the owner: George and Jackie Radcliffe have spent the 42 years of their married life on the property, raising 3 wonderful sons. George Radcliffe is the six great grandson of the original owner of the property and lives on the adjoining property. His grandfather, U.S. Senator George L. Radcliffe, was born and spent much of his life in the house. Both retired school teachers, George and Jackie, with the help of their children, have restored and modernized Spocott House and developed the 200 acres as both a working farm and wildlife management area, They both retired to help take care of 3 of their grandchildren, who live on the adjoining property. George is also an avid birdwatcher and Youth Coordinator for the Maryland Ornithological Society and has set up the property as an eBird Monitoring Station.
Why the Owner Chose Cambridge: The property has been in the family for 350 years. In 1662 the land was given to George's ancestor, Stephen Gary, for whom the Creek is named, by the King of England in exchange for Gary becoming Sheriff and High Judge of the area that would become Dorchester County. The home site was also the location of a major Native American assembly area and burial ground. In the 19th Century, Spocott was a major shipbuilding center for the area and was hence was used by James Michener as a resource in writing the novel Chesapeake. Many of the original buildings are still located on the property. The Radcliffes, in restoring the house and property, have tried to retain its historical and environmental uniqueness. The property is protected by a perpetual environmental conservation easement.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Spocott House provides a unique blend of history and environment. Located on a spacious 200 acres with over 1 mile of waterfront and 5 miles of trails, there is ample opportunity for wildlife viewing and exploration. The modernized house with its pool, dock, and spacious lawns allows visitors multiple recreational opportunities as well as a comfortable place for a large family gathering. Part of the house has been restored to its 17th Century look, but the modernized bedrooms and geothermal heating and air conditioning make the house a comfortable place to stay year round. Step back in time to the early days of our country, and surround yourself with beautiful views of the Little Choptank River. The historic Spocott Windmill, the only working grist windmill in Maryland, and the accompanying museum complex are located on an adjacent property. Optional tours of the historic areas as well as bird walks are available to renters.