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Homewood Museum provides images for educational presentations, professional research, print and electronic publications, and media projects. All requests for images must be made in writing to the Director-Curator. All requests are processed in a timely manner, according to the order in which they are received.

Contact:
Catherine Rogers Arthur
Homewood Museum
The Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
tel: 410.516.5589
fax: 410.516.7859

3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
410.516.5589

homewoodmuseum@jhu.edu
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Charles Carroll Jr.

In 1800, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a Maryland signer of the Declaration of Independence, offered his son and his son's bride, Harriet Chew, the funds to design and build a country retreat. Although the elder Carroll suggested renovating an existing farmhouse, his advice went unheeded. Homewood's final $40,000 price tag—an absolute fortune in today's money—became a source of much disagreement between father and son. For the young Carroll, Homewood served both as a country villa and a public expression of the political, social, and financial stature of one of the nation's wealthiest heirs. Nothing was left to chance and no expense was spared in its design and construction.

The 130-acre farm was located far from the hustle and bustle of downtown Baltimore when it was constructed. This idyllic summer retreat, its architecture and furnishings reflecting the lifestyle of a wealthy and cosmopolitan young couple, was a place where the Carrolls could entertain and impress others.