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Large Historic House on Harbor in St Michaels- IN TOWN- Walk to Everything!

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-9)

The historic yet fully updated Thomas Harrison House is the premier vacation rental home in St. Michaels and has been rented as such since 1992. It is the only large vacation rental in the Town. The 18th century house (built while George Washington was President) is located on the harbor and the town park in the center of St. Michaels. The house has beautiful water views and is situated within walking distance of all museums, shops (including grocery stores and drug stores), restaurants, farmer's market, town pool, tennis courts, library, and other attractions.

A perfect location for family, families, or a group of friends vacationing, or attending weddings, reunions, or other events in St. Michaels and its surrounding areas.

Built around 1795 by Thomas Harrison Jr., 'house carpenter,' the two-story side hall/parlor clapboard house is the oldest two story dwelling in St. Michaels. It stands prominently on the town harbor adjacent the town PARK. The house is fitted with late eighteenth century style woodwork. The floors are wide plank heart of pine, and the windows have very old glass. The federal style stair, the raised six panel doors, and the period chair rails are original features.

The house is furnished with antique and reproduction furniture in keeping with the historic nature of the house.

A floor plan is avalable by clicking on the link below.

On the first floor of the original or 'Harrison House' are the side hall (foyer) and a large PARLOR (living room) with plenty of seating and a spectacular view of St. Michaels Harbor. To the rear of the living room is the LIBRARY having a fireplace, books, a television, stereo, games, cards and puzzles, and the DINING ROOM which can comfortably seat ten. To the rear of the dining room is a one story wing which houses a large, fully equipped KITCHEN. Also on the first floor is a DEN having a queen sleep sofa, a fireplace and a half bath.

For relaxing outside on the property, the house offers a brick PATIO facing the harbor and the Miles River, and a covered PORCH facing the white picket fence enclosed back yard and gardens.

The second floor of the Harrison house includes the MASTER BEDROOM having a queen size poster bed and a twin trundle bed, a full bath, and an adjacent small sitting or READING ROOM which has a twin sofa bed. The second story of the rear portion of the house includes the BLUE ROOM having a queen bed, an adjacent 7X7 room with a twin bed, a full bath, and the 8X8 PEACH ROOM having a twin bed. Up a private spiral staircase from the DEN is the 15X11 WING BEDROOM with dormer windows, having a full size converted (mattress and box spring) rope bed and a full bath.

The third floor of the Harrison House is the ATTIC having two rooms including one full bed.

There are water views from almost every room of the house.

Also available for rent are four early 19th century two bedroom fully restored cottages located within one block of the the Thomas Harrison House (click link below).

Seasonal, week and weekend rentals available all year-round.

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Thomas Byrne
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2018

About Thomas Byrne

I purchased the Thomas Harrison house in 1991 and restored it over the next few years. The process of research and restoration of this house, built when George Washington was President, greatly increased my interest in historic architecture and the history of St. Michaels. This interest lead to the purchase and restoration of the nearby Washington Melson, Thomas Blades and John Bruff houses (click on link for info on these two bedroom properties).

Thomas Byrne purchased this house in 1991

Why Thomas Byrne chose Saint Michaels

The combination of the waterfront location, architecture and the historic character of the area, as well as the residents of St. Michaels, make this a very special place.

What makes this house unique

This house sits prominently on the harbor in St. Michaels with wonderful water views. It is the ONLY large vacation rental house in Town. Walking distance to everything... shops, restaurants, museums, parks, pool and other attractions. Adjacent cottages can be rented if size of party exceeds 9.


Saint Michaels House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Half bathroom on first floor and 3 full bathrooms on second floor.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) Each twin bed in its own bedroom. Baby Cribs (1) upon request, Twin Sleep Sofa in second floor reading room
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Front yard opens up to Town harbor and Town Park, Large backyard great for barbecues, game of catch, horse shoes, croquet, frisbee, or wiffle ball, Back porch has rocking chairs for enjoying outdoors, Library has chess and checkers sets, cards, and other board games, House can be rented along with adjacent cottages for family reunions, or for weddings in Town.


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Large Historic House on Harbor in St Michaels- IN TOWN- Walk to Everything!
average rating of 4.3636365 based on 44 reviews
West Chester, PA

So Special

  • 5 of 5

We are just finishing up our Labor Day weekend getaway at the Thomas Harrison House. All earlier reviews praise the location, the lovely, cared for home with special touches in every room and the accommodating owner. All I can add is my resounding agreement to the uniqueness and quality of this lovely, picturesque home. What a treat to stay here! We've had a wonderful time. Don't hesitate to rent; you will not regret your decision.

St. Michael's Island was fun to explore; to be able to walk to all sorts of entertainment in this charming town was wonderful! Do visit the Maritime museum it's a great source of information and history of the area (as are the books on the coffee tables in the house). Kayaking was beautiful on the San Domingo creek-paddled right by 3 great blue heron. Enjoyed good meals at many local establishments with the best crabcakes-in our opinion-at Bistro St. Michaels. Enjoy! It's a lovely getaway place!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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philadelphia, pa

Great location - could use some tlc

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed our stay with two other couples. The location was terrific - easy to walk to restaurants and shops, and to explore the Eastern Shore. However, the sheets were too short for the beds, not frying pans, other items in the kitchen, other things that could have used a little freshening.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Historic Home

  • 5 of 5

Short walk to all the key town attractions, great dinning, Maritime museum and picturesque water front views.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Historical property, very large and charming.

  • 4 of 5

Super location in the center of town. Large house and yard, historic so there are minor things like sloping floors but this is to be expected in a historic home. Friendly folks in town and good restaurants near by. Highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was cozy, inviting and comfortable. Plus great location.

  • 5 of 5

The has made us feel welcome right away - homeaway from home (well if our actual home had been built in the 18th c)

There was very little confusing about where everything needed was - no need for a PhD to run the dishwasher. The four young people with us (all mid to late 20s) loved the huge dining room table to play all the board games they'd brought.

The house is conventiently located to the main area of St Michael's. We only used a car once when we drove out to see my sister and her family in Claiborne.

I would highly recommended this property for anyone who wants to spend a nice, relaxing 3 days weekend in St Michaels any time of year.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location.

  • 4 of 5

Very accommodating home, really enjoyed the large kitchen table. Disappointed that neither fireplace was in working order.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the home. Confused by your comment re the fireplaces. There are requirements that must be followed in using fireplace for guest safety and to protect the property.
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Museums (incl. Maritime Museum), restaurants and shops, a few blocks away,

Town Park with magnificent water/harbor views, a few steps from house,

Farmers Market from March - October on Saturday mornings,

Acoustic music concerts also in Park on Thursday evenings during summer,

Bicycle rental 1 block away,

Beautiful public pools 6 blocks away,

Tennis Courts 6 blocks away,

Boat rides (on Patriot, Selina or Maritime Museum Skipjack) a few blocks away,

Grocery stores a few blocks away,

Town Public Library, 2 blocks away,

Kayak rental, in Town,

Winery, 4 blocks away,

Microbrewery 4 blocks away,

Fishing and Oystering excursions on Tilghman Island (ten minute drive away),

Town of Oxford, 1 hr bike ride away (with ride on Tred Avon Ferry),

Historic areas, great for walks or bike rides, in all directions!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $80

Three night minimum for MLK Day Weekend, Presidents Day Weekend, Easter Weekend, Columbus Day Weekend, Thanksgiving Day Weekend and Christmas. Minimum 4 night stay for Winefest (last weekend) in April. Call for last minute booking discount.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.