Magnolia Manor’s history predates the founding of our country. Francis Armstrong, who was a Quaker, emigrated from England in 1649. He acquired a number of land grants in Maryland from Lord Baltimore, one of which was a grant of a 600 acre tract known as “London Derry.” After his death, his son, Phileman, and wife, Mary, lived on the land then called Londonderry. They sold three acres of the land to Talbot County upon which the first Court House was built.
In its original form, Londonderry Manor House served as an outstanding example of the profoundly organic Gothic style.
The chandelier came from Paris and the fireplace was found in Italy. The natural stone facade of Port Deposit granite provided a backdrop for manicured gardens and grounds. Porches served as mediating spaces between the world of nature outside and the domestic comforts enjoyed within the house.
Londonderry’s Manor House, is one of only a few residentially commissioned asymmetrical villa-style houses designed by Richard Upjohn. The house boasts an open floor plan, designed for entertaining and comfortable country living on the Tred Avon River.
Beverley Beebe purchased the Manor House in 1906 and his daughter’s wedding brought guests in special railroad cars from New York for the nuptials here at Londonderry.
In the 1960’s the estate was severely damaged by fire. The wings of the house still display the building’s elaborate detail but the original mansard roof and elegant front porch were replaced by less distinctive examples. Magnolia Manor is the ideal historical setting for celebrating your elegant wedding or special event with a touch of Southern charm.