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 Country Home with 7 spacious bedrooms and 4.5 baths
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 15, 2019
About George Radcliffe
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.
George Radcliffe purchased this House in 1663
Why George Radcliffe 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.
What makes this House unique
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.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Magnificent Majestic Spocott!
Since 2013 myself and 9 close, lifelong friends from every corner of the United States, along with 10+ children have made Spocott the location of our annual reunion. For 4 glorious days in October we rekindle friendships and enjoy the beautiful offerings of the eastern shore from the amazing property of George and Jackie. We look forward to returning in 2019 and beyond.
Well maintained and very clean. History is everywhere.
We had a group of 10 adults and 8 children. We all had a great time. The children had fun swimming, boating, fishing, crabbing, playing frisbee golf, hiking, and playing pickle ball and horseshoes. The house was well organized with 2 kitchens and two porches. The screened water porch is beautiful and looks out at the water. Every one of the 7 bedrooms has a water view. There is a page of history written up in every room. The owners gave us a tour of the Spocott Windmill Village which sits on the Spocott property and is loaded with Spocott history. Great way for families to get together. Something for everyone. You can even take a birding trip around the property and view the birds and wildlife that live there.
Perfect multigenerational family vacation!
Outdoor activities, history and plenty of room for our extended family of 18! The kids and adults enjoyed the pool, pickle ball court, dock for fishing, crabbing, kayaking, paddle boarding, frisbee golf, walking trails, and biking the walking trails. The tour of the windmill was just incredible. The kids really enjoyed the old school house. The back porche was perfect for enjoying afternoon snacks or reading in the mornings. Old and young agreed that this is one of the best house's we have used over the last ten years of family vacations!
fun place to stay if you love history and water. the owners go out of their way to make sure you are having a good time. it is awsome to stay in a house that has been here before we were a country.
We have been coming to this home in Cambridge for a few years. Jackie and George could not be nicer or more helpful during out stay. The property is beautiful from the view of the water to the shade trees which help to keep the pool cool. The dock is perfect for our little sailboat which we can use everyday. The home is historic and has plenty of space in all the bedrooms for blowups if added space for little ones is needed. We love the location and hope to return for many years to come!!
Lorraine & Ron
Very peaceful location for a family get together. Fun times spent in the pool and kayaking.
Beautiful property! We had 9 adults, 5 kids and 3 dogs. There was plenty of space for everybody. The kids loved the pool and we all enjoyed easy access to kayak and canoe. Both the front and back porches were great for reading and evening hangouts. Everyone had a great time and our hosts were great too!
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.
Additional information about rental rates
11% state and local tax included in rate.