The thoughtfully restored Layton House, circa 1793, is a stately, refined National Historic Landmark. It is an iconic home in Montgomery County, one of the oldest in the area, and a topic of intrigue to passersby. The home was constructed over a period of years by the affluent Henry and Margaret O~Neale, designed by renowned architect Alexander Case, in the tiny town then known as Cracklintown which derived its name for local cornbread made with pork fat or cracklin~. The Layton House, 4BR/2.5BA/2700SF, is named after subsequent owner and town namesake, John Layton, the area postmaster, saddle maker, and prominent local figure in the mid-19th century. This treasure is a combination of Federal and Greek Revival architecture both popular during the time of construction. It was constructed in two phases; the main structure in the late 1700~s with the addition added in the early 1800's to include a kitchen area on the ground floor with a servant quarters above. The home maintains many original features including rich Georgia pine hardwood, classic hardware throughout, bricks contructed on the property in the late 1700~s, original beams, and seven fireplaces with elegant mantels. The residence affords ten-foot ceilings, generously proportioned rooms, and a grand staircase. Restored to highlight and enhance the historic design yet create updated spaces to fit today's lifestyle, the home presents an inviting entertainment kitchen with gas stove, renewed bathrooms, an in-law or au-pair suite, tranquil patio surrounded by exquisite landscaping, and lush gardens on the more than half acre property. The grounds also contain two structures from the time period including a smoke house and log cabin. The Layton House serves as a wonderful reminder of our past while allowing for all of the conveniences of modern living. The property is available as a residential home and also as a commercial property if owner occupied. The town of Laytonsville, which in many ways is still a bucolic town, is surrounded by the Agriculture Preserve Lands to ensure the community~s integrity. Laytonsville offers sidewalks for easy access around the neighborhood and many parks and walking/biking paths in close proximity. It is centrally located with easy access to Wahington, Baltimore, and Frederick, all three major airports, and 15 minutes from Shady Grove Metro Station.
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