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River Folly

A large farm on the banks of the Miles River in Maryland’s Talbot County traces its origins back to the 19th century. The current owners tapped architect Gregory Wiedemann to reconstruct and restore the main farmhouse and its numerous outbuildings, taking inspiration from historic vernacular. Near the shoreline, Wiedemann created a stone folly on the foundation of an abandoned farm structure. The 680-square-foot retreat houses a sitting room heated by a fireplace as well as a sheltered porch (pictured). “All materials were designed to withstand the risk of flooding, with exposed, locally sourced stone walls inside and out,” explains the architect. The flooring and even some of the seating are constructed of stone, while custom-designed wooden shutters and barn doors enclose the refuge when it’s not occupied.

A throwback to a simpler time, the folly invites homeowners and their guests to enjoy the quietude of the river. As Wiedemann reflects, ”It’s a place of repose—a place to experience the water for a moment’s respite.”

Architecture: Gregory Wiedemann, FAIA, Wiedemann Architects LLC, Bethesda, Maryland.

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