Rare and Endangered: The Nelson Homestead

Telescope style – ever heard of it? It’s one of my favorite vernacular phenomena. They’re the homes with multiple attachments connected in a row and in decreasing size until, yes, the structure starts to take on the appearance of a telescope! They’re usually created over time with the addition of several expansions to an original structure, but the Nelson Homestead is really interesting because it seems to have all been constructed in one go. The best part is that the original structure and millwork are 90% intact! We’re talking late-Federal mantels, doors, chair rails, and cupboards in more than salvageable condition. Some even have remnants of the original 1836 paint schemes. It’s also situated on 9+ acres of meadow and marsh… all for an under $100k price tag. Sure, it’s going to be a project to bring this one up to snuff. It needs some foundation stabilization, bathrooms, all that good stuff. Wouldn’t it be amazing to dust her off and let her shine, though?

26800 Cash Corner Rd, Crisfield, MD 21817

4 beds, 1,776 sq.ft.
Asking Price: $98,000

The Nelson Homestead is an Eastern Shore Jewel. It has been designated one of the top 10 most important endangered sites in Maryland by Preservation Maryland. It is tucked away on a very private 9.25 acres of meadow, woods and marshland, and is considered architecturally significant because of its fine craftsmanship and the fact that 90% of the original structure and millwork are still intact. It is on the National and State Historic registers. An 11 x 14 clapboard gabled frame building with chimney accompanies the house. Located at the east side of the property is a Riggin and Nelson family cemetery fenced with Victorian period railing. Grounds have been approved by www.tentrr.com as a campsite rental if you are looking to generate income.
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Alix is CIRCA’s Properties Manager. She relishes working directly with homeowners and real estate agents to track down new stewards for homes with secrets to keep and stories to tell! On a lifetime mission to visit every great flea market in the world, she’s probably going to need a bigger old house soon.

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