Antrim 1844 History



Dorothy and Richard Mollett saw Antrim for the first time and instantly fell in love.


By the end of 1988, Antrim 1844’s mansion opened its first and second floors as a bed and breakfast with four handsome guest rooms; a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of life within close proximity to Baltimore and Washington, D.C.


The Molletts purchased the Smith House, named for Mrs. Smith who lived on the 100-acre farm from birth to her late 90s as a local and popular piano teacher. Originally built in 1865 and located near CVS in Taneytown, the house was relocated to Antrim in an effort to rescue it from demolition. It was used as their personal residence allowing them to open additional guestrooms in the Mansion and was later converted to guestrooms in 1998. The Barn and Ice House were renovated, providing three additional guest accommodations.


The Cottage was renovated, providing one additional guest accommodation.


The Carriage House was renovated, providing six additional guest accommodations, including two suites.


The Birnie and Annan Houses were renovated, providing seven additional guest accommodations, including two suites. Once the home of Dr. Clotworthy Birnie, a prominent Taneytown physician, he was born in 1843 at his family farm in Glenburn. His nieces, Amelia and Elizabeth Annan resided at the Birnie residence. His doctor’s office and waiting room were on the first floor.

2006 to 2007

Three additional house purchases on Mill Avenue; Witherow, Slonaker, and Zepp House were renovated and opened providing 11 additional guestrooms. The Witherow House was once occupied by Harry, Grace, and Lester Witherow who resided in the house in the early 1900’s. One of Grace’s nieces, Wilma Witherow Wood Pecachek, was a dear friend of Dort and Richard Mollett. The Slonaker House was named after Bradford Slonaker who resided in the house from 1875 to 1918 and made annual trips to Vermont to personally select large stones which he carved into gravestones and transported to the cemetery in Taneytown. The Zepp House was originally the residence of famed Taneytown photographer, Edward Zepp.


Dort and Richard purchase Glenburn, restoring it as their residence. Built in 1840 by Rogers Birnie, he operated a boy’s boarding school from 1847 – 1877. In the late 1800s, Congressman Joseph Goulden purchased the house and farm on Bear Branch Creek. In 1937, Chester and Gippie Neal of Kentucky bought it and raised a family there. Robert and Elizabeth Neal then took over ownership in 1983 opening Carroll County’s first Bed and Breakfast.

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