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Mount Harmon Plantation is the northern most colonial plantation open to the public in the region, and is a historic and scenic treasure. Surrounded by water on three sides, Mount Harmon's history is deeply connected with its waterfront location at the head of the Chesapeake Bay. Mount Harmon Plantation flourished in the 18th century as a tobacco plantation and port of trade in the evolving settlements of the upper Chesapeake. Mount Harmon is restored to its period of significance during the late 18th century and early 19th centuries, and provides visitors with a rare glimpse into the lifestyle and culture of a waterfront colonial plantation.
Today visitors come to experience Mount Harmon's colonial heritage and tour the manor house, the colonial kitchen, formal boxwood garden, rare tobacco prize house, and enjoy our scenic waterfront location. Mount Harmon Plantation encompasses 200 acres of pristine open space and is a designated nature preserve and wildlife refuge. Visitors can stroll the plantation grounds or take a nature walk along the waterfront to the rare tobacco prize house, where tall ships transported the cash crop that built early America.
The grounds are full of mature shade trees and ornamental specimens. Two hundred year-old yew trees, as well as boxwood, flowering magnolias and majestic oak trees grace the manor house grounds and gardens. The plantation is home to an abundance of wildlife, with fields full of deer, flocks of geese, resident bald eagles, osprey, and herons, a regular part of the landscape. Rare horticultural sightings include a cove full of the American Lotus, a relative of the water lily and the largest wildflower in the United States, which is rare in Maryland, but found in profusion at Mount Harmon.