Built in the infancy of the 19th century, the Verdant Valley Farm is part of My Lady’s Manor, which dates to 1713. A relatively isolated agricultural area, the land has kept much of its historical charm.
In 1713, on the occasion of his fourth marriage, Charles Calvert, the third Lord Baltimore, gave his new bride 10,000 acres to be known as My Lady’s Manor. Calvert died two years later, at age 78, and his wife, Margaret Charleton, survived him by but sixteen years. At her death this tract of land was left to her step-granddaughter, Charlotte Calvert, a daughter of the fourth Lord Baltimore. Charlotte was married to Thomas Brerewoods, Thomas and Charlotte, transferred “My Lady’s Manor” to his farther, Thomas Brerewood, Sr. The eldest Brerewood sold his home and belongings in England and came to The Manor in 1731 to develop it.
My Lady’s Manor was English property and was therefore seized by the Maryland Alien Property Commission during the Revolutionary War. After the war it was resurveyed and was sold at public auction (1782) in approximately the same parcels that Brerewood had established. New owners of the land included revolutionary war hero General Mordecai Gist.
The Verdant Valley Farm remains active today. Sprawling over 225+ acres, the farm can be found filled with soybeans, corn and – of course – sunflowers. The Farm is available for private events. To learn more please click here.
Today, Verdant Valley Farm remains committed to improving the environment by preserving the natural, rural, historic, agricultural and scenic resources of Northern Baltimore and Harford Counties, including within the National Register Historic District of My Lady’s Manor. To that end, Verdant Valley Farm has granted conservation easements to The Manor Conservancy and the Maryland Environmental Trust to assist those organizations in improving quality of life by protecting scenic views and wildlife habitats, ensuring the future viability of farming and forestry, protecting clean water and air, and leaving a natural legacy of land to current and future generations.