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Hickory Ridge Farm

Highland, Howard County , Maryland

pen • fenced • second house • pool • pond • 1 barn with 9 stalls • 9 Run-in stalls

Property description

Hickory Ridge

In 1726, a tract of land known as Hickory Ridge, a high point in what is now Howard County, Maryland, was “patented” by royal land grant to Col. Henry Ridgeley by King George II. A stone cottage was constructed circa 1749, and as George Washington was taking office in 1789, Col. Ridgeley’s son, Greenberry Ridgeley, began construction of what is now the main residence, replacing an earlier one lost in a fire. The main house was expanded in the early 1800’s, and a modern kitchen added in 1995. The property remained in the Ridgeley family until 1877 and was subsequently owned by notable Maryland families including The Hopkins, The Owens, and The Clarks. During the 75-year Hopkins period, it was known as White Hall, after their family home near Annapolis. Countless politicians and future governors have delivered speeches at Hickory Ridge on the literal “stump”, stored in the barn and pulled out when the occasion arises.

Beautifully maintained and carefully restored by the current owner over the last 35 years, Hickory Ridge is listed on The Maryland Historic Trust and lends its name to one of the 10 villages of Columbia, MD. The property is sited on 24.88 acres in Highland, Maryland, close-in to the shopping and amenities of Highland, Clarksville and Columbia. Approached by two gated, tree-lined lanes and boasting classic period details and exemplary materials and craftsmanship, Hickory Ridge comprises the manor house, original 1749 cottage, a carriage house converted into an office, and a traditional English greenhouse. Additionally, first-class equestrian facilities includes a fully equipped barn with 9 stalls, a separate tack room and gym, four double-fenced paddocks, three run-in sheds, and two exercise rings. Completing the grounds are a 3-car garage, enclosures for smaller vehicles and a carriage, and large equipment shed. The bucolic setting is meticulously landscaped and graced by specimen trees, a large meadow and woods, four ponds, historic boxwoods, stacked-stone walls, old brick pathways, and historic English-style gardens restored and improved by a noted landscape architect.

Unlock the 200+ year-old manor house door with the original lock and key, welcome your guests into the stunning reception hall, and entertain them on the sweeping side porch graced by Doric columns. Choose the evening’s wine from the incomparable underground barrel-ceiling wine cellar, enjoy a lavish meal in the gracious dining room, and then repair to the formal living room for an aperitif, or retreat below to your own Jockey Club Pub to draw an ale or watch the big game. Outside, stroll among the English gardens, hold a croquet match on the side lawn, or host a barbecue in the secluded picnic grove by the large pond. Overnight guests may be comfortably accommodated in the charming 2-bedroom cottage with its own kitchen, sunroom, 2 fireplaces, a full bath, and patio.

At leisure, enjoy the large bedrooms, high ceilings, and modern baths. Read a book in the paneled library or appreciate the view from the sunroom. Cook gourmet meals in the modern kitchen and savor them in the adjoining family dining room, once the original 18th century kitchen. Take care of your personal business under exposed beams in the large, private 3rd floor office. In the winter, cozy up to one of the eight fireplaces. Venture outside and take-in the sublime setting, relish the quiet and privacy, and survey the sweeping pastoral views. Stroll through the lush gardens or meditate in the tranquil hidden Zen garden. Enjoy the cottage butterfly garden by day, or the ubiquitous fireflies at night. Nurture plants in the greenhouse, workout in the gym, jog along the trails, or take a dip in the 50x25 heated pool shaded by 200-year old boxwoods.

Comprising 5 separately deeded parcels, including 4 approved building lots, Hickory Ridge offers many possibilities for future owners. The ability to construct additional homes provides the perfect opportunity for developing a family compound for multiple generations.

With an unrivaled location in the heart of Howard County, and within easy reach of Baltimore, Washington, and Annapolis, this historic estate offers luxury and comfort for family living, elegant space for grand entertaining, facilities to pursue your equestrian dreams, and a rare close-in sanctuary for those seeking privacy with easy access to area amenities.


Home Features

  • Land grant deeded from King George 2nd dating to 1726
  • Stone cottage erected 1749
  • Manor House built 1789
  • 5 parcels comprising approx. 24.88 acres, including 4 approved building lots
  • -- Manor House - Approx. 7000 sq. ft. above grade.
  • Finished lower level featuring The Jockey Club Pub
  • Modern plumbing, electric, and HVAC systems. Recent roof.
  • 8 working fireplaces
  • 3-zone central air conditioning
  • Gas (propane) hot-water baseboard heat and heat pumps. 1000 gal. propane tank.
  • Rare Henry Reip patented beehive metal wall oven in original kitchen
  • Original detail and craftmanship, incl. wood & brick flooring, hearths, mill work, windows , shutters
  • Walls colors true to the period
  • Maryland Historic Trust easements
  • Site of original home to area hunts
  • Founding site for Laurel Raceway & one of Howard County’s earliest banks
  • Undefeated 1909 Highland baseball team played on the “Bluegrass” field
  • Close to Howard County amenities and shopping
  • Convenient to Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis
  • Easy access to BWI Airport & Amtrak
  • - - Outbuildings
  • Cottage – 2 story. 2 Bedrooms, 1 full bath. 2 fireplaces.
  • Former Carriage House – Farm Office/Storage
  • English Greenhouse
  • 3-car garage
  • Equipment/Maintenance Shed

Lot Features

  • 5 parcels comprising approx. 24.88 acres, including 4 approved building lots
  • Two gated entrances. 2 tree-lined entrances with electric gates, Circular drive.
  • 50x25 heated pool & whirlpool
  • Barrel-ceiling underground Wine Cellar
  • English country gardens and boxwoods
  • Brick walkways
  • Historic cemetery

Horse Facility Features

  • Barn – 9 stalls, hay loft, storage & tack room
  • Separate Tack Room with gym, laundry, & full bath. Run-in.
  • 4 double-fenced paddocks with automatic waterers
  • 4 Run-in sheds
  • EuroXciser (electric) horse exerciser and round pens


  • 22.5 miles to airports
  • 8 miles to hospitals
  • 3 miles to shopping

Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Buyer to verify all information


6652 Prestwick Dr, Highland, Howard County, Maryland


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