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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1703/00/00 Col Henry Darnall Owner Colonel Henry Darnall receives a patent for a 7,000 acre land grant from his relative by marriage Charles Calvert, the third Lord Baltimore. The tract is named "His Lordship's Kindness" in recognition of Lord Baltimore's generosity.
1727/00/00 Henry Darnall II Owner After inheriting his father's estate in 1711, Henry Darnall, from 1727 to 1730, sells much of his property (eventually 6,700 acres of Poplar Hill returned to the Calverts) before leaving the country.
1735/00/00 Henry Darnall III Home First Lordship's Kindness mansion is built at sometime between 1731 and 1735 for Henry Darnall III, son of Henry Darnell Jr.
1735/08/02 Henry Darnall III Groom Henry Darnall and George Talbot, 14th Earl of Shrewsbury, execute a deed to guarantee that Anne Talbot, Henry's wife who is also Talbot's niece, retains the right to the estate should her husband die before her.
1761/00/00 Charles Carroll of Annapolis Owner Accused of embezzling nearly to 1,000 pounds, Naval Officer Henry Darnall and his son, Henry Darnall IV, mortgage Poplar Hill to Charles Carroll of Annapolis before fleeing the colony for Europe.
1772/00/00 Charles Carroll of Annapolis Employer Henry Darnall IV is executed in Canada. His wife, Rachel, and their daughter, Mary (Molly), move in with Charles Carroll of Annapolis. Rachel was Mrs Carroll's nurse in her last illness.
1773/00/00 Robert Darnall I Home Robert Darnall I, a friend and former classmate of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, purchases Poplar Hill from the Charles Carroll of Annapolis, for 1,500 pounds. At the time the mansion house is described as being in dilapidated condition.
1784/00/00 Robert Darnall I Home Robert Darnall pays David Guisheard of Baltimore for plaster to work in Darnall's house. Present mansion is built for Robert Darnall and completed in 1786 (to replace the earlier residence built for his father, Henry Darnall III.
1803/00/00 Robert Darnall I Died Robert Darnall dies without heirs and wills Poplar Hill to his nephew, Robert Sewall, a man of some means with business interests in the District of Columbia.
1807/00/00 Mary Brent Sewall Key Born Mary Bent Sewall, wife of Robert Sewall, gives birth to a daughter, Mary Brent Sewall at Poplar Hill, Prince George's County, Maryland.
1821/00/00 Robert Sewall dies leaving his estate to his son, Robert Darnall Sewall, one time a member of the Prince George's County Levy Court, the governing body of the county.
1831/01/01 Mary Brent Sewall Key Died Mary Brent Sewall Key dies at about age 24 at Poplar Hill in Maryland.
1853/00/00 Robert D Sewall dies leaving his estate to two nieces, Susan and Ellen Daingerfield of Alexandria, Virginia. The two sisters and their father, Henry Daingerfield, a wealthy merchant, planter and personal friend of Robert E Lee, move to Poplar Hill.
1865/10/07 John S Barbour Jr Groom Susan Daingerfield marries John S Barbour Jr. They live most of the time in Washington (home still stands on Maryland Ave), using Poplar Hill as their country home. Susan's sister, Ellen, will never marry and retains her ownership rights in Poplar Hill.
1892/05/16 John S Barbour Jr In Memoriam After a cortege to Poplar Hill, the Barbour casket is carried into the central hall on the first floor. Barbour joins his wife, Susan, who had died in 1886, in the family burial plot. Ellen Daingerfield becomes the sole owner of Poplar Hill.
1929/00/00 Rachel Cameron Hale Home Poplar Hill is sold to Rachel Cameron Hale, the wife of Chandler Hale, a diplomatic official. Mrs Hale will change the name of the estate to "His Lordship's Kindness" and convert the chapel into a library.
1940/00/00 Eleanor Roosevelt Customer Hales sell "His Lordship's Kindness" to Mrs Caroline E Dunham who operated a "tea room" in the "slaves' hospital." One of her patrons was Eleanor Roosevelt. Gas rationing brought on by the United States' entry into WWII will force Mrs Dunham to close.
1946/00/00 Mrs Dunham sells the estate to Ambassador David K E Bruce, Under Secretary of State at the time of the Vietnam peace talks. The house was used as a setting for Mrs Bruce's collection of antiques, but was seldom occupied by the couple.
1954/09/21 "His Lordship's Kindness" is sold to the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, DC in the name of the "New Mt Olivet Cemetery Co Inc." This acquisition led to the eventual development in the mid-1960's of Resurrection Cemetery.

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Particulars for His Lordship's Kindness:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Georgian Architecture
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 70000853
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Georgian
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark, National Landmark boundary approved
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1700-1749
Significant Year: 1731, 1735
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling
Current Function: Domestic
Current Sub-Function: Single dwelling

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