This history of the house, Stamford, is offered to you on behalf of the members of the Green Spring Valley Hounds, Inc.
First we present Stamford in the context of the Worthington Valley, its early development and subsequent use of land. You are introduced to the Philpot family who built and lived at Stamford. James Thomas Woollon’s study of architectural details of house and outbuildings is included. Lastly, we loot at Stamford current role as an active clubhouse of the Green Spring Valley Hounds Inc. In 2021, Stamford is approximately 221 years old; yet the house has had only two owners a family and the club.
We hope you enjoy this glimpse of Maryland history.
The Worthington Valley, now part of Baltimore County, was originally hunted by the Susquehannoughs, “one of the fiercest and most warlike nations on the East Coast,” noted to be giants in height, deep of voice, and clothed in wolf or bear skins. Decimated by a smallpox epidemic in 1661, the 300 remaining warriors living at the north end of the Chesapeake Bay were exterminated by the Iroquois in 1777. By the mid-18th century, the Delaware and Shawnee tribes ranged over the area. An Indian trail ran east down Piney Grove Road, along the north side of the woods, and past the north side of Snow Hill to the Shawan (“Shawnee”) Hunting Grounds. The Indians were given fishing and hunting rights to all the land north of Butler Road, known as Lord Baltimore’s Reserve, when the area was patented.
The Worthington Valley was patented in the early 18th Century in five parts. The second Lord Baltimore, Cecil Calvert, had been granted the proprietary colony, Maryland, by Charles I on June 20, 1632. Patents of land were frequently given to those arranging passage for new settlers.
In this valley:
1. William Talbott received 400 acres named Melinda in 1706.
2. Also in 1706, Cornelius White was patented 2,000 acres named Welshes Cradle. This he sold to Samuel Worthington of Anne Arundel County
(father of 23 children). The Worthingtons, moving from depleted tobacco land to new soil to grow wheat, built Montmorency, Bloomfield, Belmont, and, on a later purchase of part of Shawan Hunting Grounds, Shawan House. In 1809, John Worthington also bought Welcome Here.
3. In 1707, 1,000 acres named Prospect were patented to John White.
4. William Nicholson received 4,200 acres - Nicholson’s Manor - in 1712. Nicholson’s Manor is tentatively described as being of irregular shape from the west to Cockeysville on three sides of Shawan Hunting Grounds.
5. The Shawan Hunting Grounds and its 1,500 acres were patented to Thomas Todd in 1714.
All of this land on the 1798 tax list lay in the Back River Upper Hundred, a hundred being an area from which I 00 men might be drawn for colonial militia. Several of the valley’s earliest houses, still in private hands, are shown on the map that follows.