Home of the Terrapin King

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Last updated: 10/16/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description


The LaVallette House is where the Maryland terrapin originated! Albert T. LaVallette, Jr., launched the terrapin soup industry from this very site. (You can still see the old terrapin pins beside the driveway.) In addition to the property’s historic charm, the location just can’t be beat. The three-bedroom house is completely private. Guests have to drive through wetlands to get it, and the only neighbors in close proximity are the gulls and the fish in the Chesapeake Bay. The house is surrounded on three sides by water; you can see the Bay from all of its windows. Outside, you can sun yourself on the private beach, sit with a cool drink on the front porch, fish and crab from the bulkhead, or launch your boat or kayak from the dock. And the fishing’s great from the front yard! You hardly ever need to leave this place—but if do you want to get out, downtown Crisfield offers charming restaurants, shops, an ice cream parlor, and plenty of places to get fresh crabs. Crisfield is known as the “Crab Capital of the World.” This home is unlike any other. It’s a perfect spot for family vacations, friends’ getaways, or writing retreats. It’s been in our family for 15 years. We love it dearly and know you will, too!

This Queen Anne Victorian was built in the late 1800's. The main floor features a large updated kitchen with seating for 8-10; a family room with a game table, flat screen TV, DVD player, and stereo; a formal dining area; a sitting room with a futon that sleeps two; and a Captain's room with books, desk, and panoramic views of the Bay. There is also a bedroom with twin bunks on this floor and a large full bath and laundry area.

Upstairs, the master bedroom features a widow's walk for two, a queen size bed, and furniture to lounge on. There is a full bath across the hall. The second bedroom features two double beds. The house is spacious with lots of room to spread out.

There is also a screened porch, an open porch, and an outside shower! A two-person kayak is available to launch from the beach and explore the natural wonders that surround this local treasure.

Please note: This charming home is quite old and thus does not have central air conditioning. It does, however, have window units in all of the bedrooms, the Captain's room, and the family room. Screened windows also offer great ventilation!


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Family rentals; renters must be 25 or older...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

  • Second Bedroom: 2 double

    2 double beds: window AC, ceiling fan, sleeps 4...moreless

  • Bunk Room: 1 bunk bed

    downstairs bedroom:window unit AC, ceiling fan, sleeps 2...moreless

  • Sitting Room Futon: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Futon in sitting room sleeps two...moreless

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Master, AC, ceiling fan, widow's walk, sleeps 2...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    satellite TV/DSL internet service...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Direct TV install 4/2015...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    The LaVallette House sits on a penninsula in Tangier Sound, a dock juts out into the cove on one side while the beach is on the other side....moreless

  • Rural:

    The house sits at the end of a long driveway through the marsh....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The house is surrounded on all sides by water. A view of the bay or marsh can be seen from every window....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Kitchen dinning seats 8-10 dinning room seats 4-6 family room seats 4...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    All bedrooms have window AC. Family Room and Captain's Room have window units....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Family room fireplace with pellet stove Kitchen, sitting room and dinning room all have ornamental fireplaces- no longer in use....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    DSL service...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Direct TV and DVD player...moreless

  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    cell service only...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Great Hope Golf Course Rt 413...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden:

    volley ball net, bacci balls...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall Weekends
Sep 6 - Nov 29, 2015
2 night min stay
$250 $275
Fri, Sat
$1,800 $7,200

Changeover Day: Sunday

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,800 $7,200
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • House Cleaning $150
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Taxes Not included

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 10/16/2015
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1999

About the owner: Purchased in 1999 as a weekend project and retreat. We spent the next 5 years getting the house updated so that family and friends could visit and enjoy this historic property. As anyone who owns a home knows, the work is never done. Our home has been the sight of many happy and sad memories. After my husband's passing, I listed it with a local realtor for several years and in 2014 I placed it on the VRBO site. I have been pleased with the responce and look forward to sharing my home with many others in the future.

Why the Owner Chose Crisfield:
Less than 2 miles from the property:

The Unique Benefits at this House:
For the traveler who seeks peace, isolation and panoramic views of the bay this property delivers. The town of Crisfield can be seen in the distance and is a short bike ride away. Set your sight in another direction and you can see Smith, Tangier Island and the unspoiled shores of Jenkins Creek. While the house has been comfortably updated, it still contains 4 original fireplaces from this homes storied past. The chimneys have been landmarks for boaters for more than 100 years. It is especially well suited for star gazers, birders, kayakers or anyone who loves nature and getting away from the frenzy of our digital world.

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  • View from the beach side

    View from the beach side

  • dock with outside light

    dock with outside light

  • View looking towards Jenkins Creek

    View looking towards Jenkins Creek

  • Crab Feast Table!!!

    Crab Feast Table!!!

  • Family room

    Family room

  •  work desk in Captain's Room

    work desk in Captain's Room

  • sitting room with queen size futon

    sitting room with queen size futon

  • twin bunks downstairs

    twin bunks downstairs

  • Master bedroom with queen bed

    Master bedroom with queen bed

  • second double bed in rear bedroom

    second double bed in rear bedroom

  • July 4th, 2014 Sunset over Tangier Sound

    July 4th, 2014 Sunset over Tangier Sound

  • View of the house from the beach

    View of the house from the beach

  • drive through the marsh to the house

    drive through the marsh to the house

  • Sunset over Tangier Sound

    Sunset over Tangier Sound

  • kitchen with view into family room

    kitchen with view into family room

  • downstairs bathroom

    downstairs bathroom

  • Captain's Room

    Captain's Room

  • Original fireplace in Captain's Room

    Original fireplace in Captain's Room

  • dining room for additional seating

    dining room for additional seating

  • upstairs bathroom

    upstairs bathroom

  • rear bedroom

    rear bedroom

  • Beach


  • kayaking towards Jenkins Creek

    kayaking towards Jenkins Creek

  • Launching the Aqua Cat

    Launching the Aqua Cat

VRBO #594172

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Monday, November 16, 2015

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