Spocott is a 350 year old house, newly renovated to provide a unique blend of history, environment, and modern comfort for a large multigenerational family. Located on Gary’s Creek on the Little Choptank River, 5.5 miles west of Cambridge in the historic Neck District of Dorchester County, Spocott House was built in 1663 and has since been owned by the same family. Spocott is the home of a former US Senator and provided inspiration for James Michener in writing Chesapeake. Immerse yourself in history, gaze at wildlife from spacious porches, and engage in a number of indoor and outdoor recreational activities. Sleeping 18 people comfortably, the house with its large waterfront, pool, boat ramp, and dock offers a wonderful opportunity for a private family getaway. Recently renovated, the house has central heating and AC, 7 bedrooms all with a water view and new beds, and a billiards room. Situated on 200 acres of wildlife management area, the property, bordered by over 1 mile of waterfront, has 5 miles of walking trails, birdwatching stations, ponds, proximity to great biking trails, and scenic views of the Little Choptank River. Consider off-season vacations when up to 10,000 geese inhabit the surrounding waters.
- House4500 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Waterfront Country Home with 7 spacious bedrooms and 4.5 baths
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 16, 2018
About George Radcliffe
George and Jackie Radcliffe have spent the 42 years of their married life on the property, raising 3 wonderful sons. George Radcliffe is the six great grandson of the original owner of the property and lives on the adjoining property. His grandfather, U.S. Senator George L. Radcliffe, was born and spent much of his life in the house. Both retired school teachers, George and Jackie, with the help of their children, have restored and modernized Spocott House and developed the 200 acres as both a working farm and wildlife management area, They both retired to help take care of 3 of their grandchildren, who live on the adjoining property. George is also an avid birdwatcher and Youth Coordinator for the Maryland Ornithological Society and has set up the property as an eBird Monitoring Station.
George Radcliffe purchased this House in 1663
Why George Radcliffe chose Dorchester County
The property has been in the family for 350 years. In 1662 the land was given to George's ancestor, Stephen Gary, for whom the Creek is named, by the King of England in exchange for Gary becoming Sheriff and High Judge of the area that would become Dorchester County. The home site was also the location of a major Native American assembly area and burial ground. In the 19th Century, Spocott was a major shipbuilding center for the area and was hence was used by James Michener as a resource in writing the novel Chesapeake. Many of the original buildings are still located on the property. The Radcliffes, in restoring the house and property, have tried to retain its historical and environmental uniqueness. The property is protected by a perpetual environmental conservation easement.
What makes this House unique
Spocott House provides a unique blend of history and environment. Located on a spacious 200 acres with over 1 mile of waterfront and 5 miles of trails, there is ample opportunity for wildlife viewing and exploration. The modernized house with its pool, dock, and spacious lawns allows visitors multiple recreational opportunities as well as a comfortable place for a large family gathering. Part of the house has been restored to its 17th Century look, but the modernized bedrooms and geothermal heating and air conditioning make the house a comfortable place to stay year round. Step back in time to the early days of our country, and surround yourself with beautiful views of the Little Choptank River. The historic Spocott Windmill, the only working grist windmill in Maryland, and the accompanying museum complex are located on an adjacent property. Optional tours of the historic areas as well as bird walks are available to renters.
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We have been coming to this home in Cambridge for a few years. Jackie and George could not be nicer or more helpful during out stay. The property is beautiful from the view of the water to the shade trees which help to keep the pool cool. The dock is perfect for our little sailboat which we can use everyday. The home is historic and has plenty of space in all the bedrooms for blowups if added space for little ones is needed. We love the location and hope to return for many years to come!!
Lorraine & Ron
Very peaceful location for a family get together. Fun times spent in the pool and kayaking.
Beautiful property! We had 9 adults, 5 kids and 3 dogs. There was plenty of space for everybody. The kids loved the pool and we all enjoyed easy access to kayak and canoe. Both the front and back porches were great for reading and evening hangouts. Everyone had a great time and our hosts were great too!
Beautiful, peaceful, relaxing
Beautiful historic home nestled on a quiet creek. The screen porch was a Godsend as the mosquito population made it difficult to stay outside for long periods. This is because of the large amount of rain just before we arrived, not something that happens often. Kitchen was loaded with all appliances necessary to cook any meal.
Great place to stay
House was great. Caught lots of crab
Group did a wonderful job of adapting to conditions caused by extreme weather.
Wonderful Family Vacation in an Historic Home
Our family agreed this was our best vacation yet. We had 10 adults and numerous grandchildren ranging in age from 10 years old to 4 months. Jackie and George were wonderful hosts and provided background on the history of the home, built in 1663, and all the activities in the area.
There was so much to do right at Spocott, we never left except to buy groceries. The kayaking, boating, jet skis (we took our own) fishing, crabbing, swimming, pickle ball, frisbee golf, horseback riding, horse shoes, hiking, roasting marshmallows at the fire pit, all kept our group busy for the week. The pool was delightful and super clean. The sunsets on the water were beautiful.
If you love history, nature, the water and the Eastern Shore, I highly recommend a stay at Spocott House.
Wonderful Relaxing Time
Our family had a wonderful time enjoying both the pool and beautiful scenery. The home is placed so that you always seem to get a breeze off the water, which is really nice in July. The crabs were great we caught them right off the dock!! A great time had by all.
Lorraine & Ronnie
Historic Spocott House, itself 350 years old, is located in the historic Neck District, an area also known for its wildlife, especially the large Canada Goose populations in the fall and winter. There is an historic windmill and museum complex on the adjoining property. The house is also located 20 minutes from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
Rates & Availability
11% state and local tax included in rate.