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.
- House4500 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Waterfront Country Home with 7 spacious bedrooms and 4.5 baths
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 18, 2018
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 Dorchester County
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.
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Great place to stay
House was great. Caught lots of crab
Group did a wonderful job of adapting to conditions caused by extreme weather.
Wonderful Family Vacation in an Historic Home
Our family agreed this was our best vacation yet. We had 10 adults and numerous grandchildren ranging in age from 10 years old to 4 months. Jackie and George were wonderful hosts and provided background on the history of the home, built in 1663, and all the activities in the area.
There was so much to do right at Spocott, we never left except to buy groceries. The kayaking, boating, jet skis (we took our own) fishing, crabbing, swimming, pickle ball, frisbee golf, horseback riding, horse shoes, hiking, roasting marshmallows at the fire pit, all kept our group busy for the week. The pool was delightful and super clean. The sunsets on the water were beautiful.
If you love history, nature, the water and the Eastern Shore, I highly recommend a stay at Spocott House.
Wonderful Relaxing Time
Our family had a wonderful time enjoying both the pool and beautiful scenery. The home is placed so that you always seem to get a breeze off the water, which is really nice in July. The crabs were great we caught them right off the dock!! A great time had by all.
Lorraine & Ronnie
Spocott is a little piece of heaven
As a family, we have spent a week at Spocott in each of the last 4 years. We love the historic home with the perfect updated areas such as the kitchens.
The owners have been most gracious and do anything they can to make the stay perfect. The homestead is quiet and a perfect place to relax at the edge of the river.
The town and many areas of interest are not far away and fun to visit.
The fishing isn't great but the crabbing is super.
For Birders and Nature lovers, sitting on either of the large porches is a joy and if you like to do trails, they are in great shape for a long walk.
For History Buffs, it is like staying in a museum with so much to see and read when you walk around.
You have to see it to believe it.
The historic property is beautiful, house is well-stocked.
We had four pre-teens with us who loved the outdoor walking trails, basketball court and pool table. All the adults loved eating by the water. Great Easter weekend.
A Pa. family at Spocott
George and Jackie have not only done a remarkable job maintaining this old house and its several hundred year history of family ownership but they also show a real interest in making their guest as comfortable as possible. Our crew of 10 adults and 8 children found plenty to keep us busy. Lots of room for relaxing and enjoying the great scenic views of Gary’s Creek especially from the screened in porch. The pool was a big hit with the kids as was the vast outdoor spaces on which to play soccer and touch football. Several great hiking trails through the woods and marshlands allowed us to discover a great assortment of wildlife. The kids liked catching crabs off the dock.
Rooms are appropriately decorated to match the historical character of the building. Walking through them is like a visit to a museum. There are several spaces in the house where people can go off and do there own thing; kids loved the pool table while adults gathered around the dining room table or watched a little TV in the living room. We all had family Murder Mystery Night on the porch.
Thanks to the warm, friendly hospitality of the Radcliffes this our 9th family vacation was a great success.
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.