Handsell Historic Site

Handsell Historic Site

The “old brick house” at Chicone, known as Handsell, located in the Indiantown north of Vienna, Dorchester County, Maryland, has been purchased by the Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance with a Preservation Easement from the Maryland Historic Trust.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the site is used to interpret the native American contact period with the English, the slave and later African American story and the life of all those who lived at Handsell.

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Everyday during daylight hours, includes Chicone Village and garden, nature walk (brochures available) and exterior of the historic brick house. Six wayside exhibits tell the Handsell story. Docent tours available to groups by prior arrangement include the interior of the house. Special living history events listed on website.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)



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Four Wayside Signs will “walk you” through time from the natives in the 1600’s, the African American story and to the history of the house itself!  Plus, the Chicone Village longhouse, work shelter and garden can be seen anytime during daylight hours.

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Last updated: October 15, 2019
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