Mount Harmon Plantation in Cecil County MarylandMount Harmon Plantation is a delightful, relatively small plantation located on Back Creek, a small branch off the Sassafras River.  It is on the peninsula on the north side of Back Creek before McGill Creek.  The usual tour of Mount Harmon by land starts with the long wooded driveway.  As the woods clear at the approach to the house one is immediately impressed by the fact that the home is almost surrounded by water.  There are gardens, nature trails and, along the water, the early tobacco shipping barn.  If, perchance, you approached Mount Harmon by water - of course the only way during its truly active life - you would have been greeted with the view of a lovely brick home on an impressive knoll.

The Mount Harmon Plantation began in 1651 as a land grant of 350 acres to Godfrey Harmon by Caecilius Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore who was then owner of all of "Maryland".  Mount Harmon was a typical frontier plantation of colonial times.  It was an isolated and self-sufficient economic unit producing tobacco which was shipped directly to England.  In exchange, it received many of its necessities and luxuries.  As the forests were cleared and cultivated areas increased Mount Harmon prospered.  During the 19th century the farming gradually declined and its acreage diminished.

The Manor HouseThe manor house at Mount Harmon is a three-story brick structure built about 1730.  It stands on a knoll virtually surrounded by Back Creek and McGill Creek.  On early maps the area was known as "World's End".  The house is an excellent example of Georgian architecture.  A thorough restoration was carried out in the 1960's and the house has been furnished  with American, English, Irish and Scottish antiques of the 1760 to 1810 period.  There are guided tours of the house, kitchen (of course, a separate building), boxwood gardens, tobacco Prize house, and the wharf.  In addition, there are nature trails for you to enjoy.

Mount Harmon is open for public tours Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00  AM to 3:00 PM and on Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 PM during the Summer months from April 1 to October 31 and is open at other times for special tours and events.  For more information, telephone 410-275-8819 or write:  Tour Program, Mount Harmon Plantation, P.O. Box 65, Earleville, MD  21919.

Map showing area around Mt Harmon

Map of Mt Harmon