Exciting Times for The Perry Hall Mansion


18 September 2014

Dear Historic Perry Hall Mansion Member:

We appreciate your continued support of the Perry Hall Mansion and would like to take this opportunity to invite you to a General Membership and Public open-forum-style meeting on Monday, October 6th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Perry Hall Library meeting room. We hope you can join us as we update you on the current situation of the property and the proposed lease agreement with Baltimore County. We have reached a critical point in the process and come to you with both information and a request for your renewed involvement and immediate action, as the future of the Historic Perry Hall Mansion and our organization are in jeopardy.

Since 2007, we have actively attempted to make improvements to the Perry Hall Mansion, working with the County to do so under the proper authority. Within the past year, we were finally offered a lease agreement between our organization and Baltimore County. The HPHM board of directors has carefully reviewed the agreement and voiced many of the liability and property condition concerns in order to proceed. The contract carries many stipulations including the assumption of full property liability in an “as-is” condition. In preparation to sign the lease, we had a full home inspection done on the property to formally assess the current conditions. The inspection identified a number of issues, known and unknown, including a recommendation for further investigation of the septic system. At our May board meeting we met with a specialist from the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability to specifically address our septic system. Critical information was brought to our attention from a 2000 site summary, which was omitted from the feasibility studies which we were previously aware of. This information alters our ability to proceed with our intended use and improvements, especially as the long term sustainability of the property is our primary goal.

At the general meeting, the board will present and discuss our current status, safety conditions, the functional use and improvement needs to open the building and property for community use and address the funds needed to make these improvements. In order to move forward, we have set a Capital Campaign goal of raising at least $300,000.00 by June 30, 2015 to ensure this endeavor is feasible and supported by the community or reluctantly determine that it is not. We currently have just under $100,000.00 in our organization accounts. The Perry Hall Mansion needs your support more than ever if we are to move forward. We believe that this building is an asset to our community and want nothing more than to open it for community use and to preserve it for future generations.

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this meeting on October 6th. Please refer any questions you may have to webmaster@historicperryhallmansion.org. We thank you again for your support and interest in the Perry Hall Mansion.

The Historic Perry Hall Mansion Board of Directors

14 December 2013

!!! CANCELLED !!! The Deck the Halls Event scheduled for this evening has been cancelled due to the impending weather.

05 October 2013


Sean Kief gave a tour to the Faith United Methodist Church from Rockville, Maryland. It was over 100 years ago that Mr. Kief's great great grandfather, Wm. Dunty Jr. opened the doors of Perry Hall to a visiting group of over 200 Methodists. www.faithworkshere.com

19 September 2013

Cub Scout Pack 732 of Perry Hall visited the Perry Hall Mansion with friends last week and enjoyed an excellent tour given by Mr. Sean Kief.  The scouts were excited by this interesting piece of history discovered in their own community.  The pack is currently recruiting cubs in grades 1-5 to join the pack.  If interested, contact Sandy Jones @ snmjones1@verizon.net." 

24 May 2013

The area known as Perry Hall in Baltimore County gets its name from a nearly 250 year old mansion called the Perry Hall Mansion. From its early years in the late 18th century until now, it’s changed hands many times, it’s been damaged by fire and added-onto, and it’s played a role in some very important historical developments in our state.  

Tom Hall joins Sean Kief and Jeffrey Smith at the Perry Hall Mansion. They’ve written a book about this historic property for a series called Images of America.

Listen here

15 March 2013


Come join Sean Kief and Jeffrey Smith this Sunday at 2pm at the Historical Society of Baltimore County where they well be speaking on their new book PERRY HALL MANSION. The authors will be available to sign copies after the presentation. Hope to see you there!

24 February 2013

!!! Book Signing !!!

Please join us for a special event to benefit the Historic Perry Hall Mansion.

Book Launch and Presentation by Sean Kief and Jeffrey Smith. Saturday, March 9, 2013, 4pm at the Perry Hall Mansion. Book signing by the authors after the event.



13 January 2013

Happy New Year from the Historic Perry Hall Mansion! Exciting events will be happing this year beginning with the Arcadia publishing release of the Perry Hall Mansion. A release date of Feb 18th has been set, so check back soon for up to date information.

In other Mansion news, during the recent holiday party at the Historic Perry Hall Mansion, Councilman David Marks presented a $15,000 contribution that will be used to renovate the mansion's interior. The donation comes from The Shelter Group and was part of a community benefit package Marks required for the Brightview Perry Hall project. 

23 December 2012

Special thank you to our event donors and Performers who helped make the 2012 Perry Hall Mansion Deck the Halls Event a huge success!

Bill Bateman's Bistro  http://billbateman.com/perryhall.php
BJ's Wholesale Club http://www.bjs.com/
Cannella's Italian Deli http://cannellascatering.com/ 
Chapel Hill Nurseries http://chapelhillsfarmandnursery.com/
Christopher Schafer Clothier  http://www.christopherschafer.com/
Giant Food http://www.giantfood.com/
Jarrettsville Nurseries http://www.jntrees.com/
JD Carpets, Inc. http://www.jdcarpets.com/
Mission BBQ http://mission-bbq.com
Ravage Deli  http://www.ravagedeli.com/
Safeway http://www.safeway.com
Weis (Honeygo Blvd) http://www.weismarkets.com/
Yama Sushi http://www.yamasushiperryhall.com/


05 December 2012

Holiday Party Offers Exclusive Entry Inside Perry Hall Mansion: Community members are gathering for an open house between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 15.

For the second year in a row, the Historic Perry Hall Mansion organization will hold its holiday open house inside the mansion. Attendees are invited to not only tour the mansion, but also learn about its history, enjoy food and wine and watch Christmas-themed musical performances in the decorated ballroom. 

Another great article from the Perry Hall Patch!


03 December 2012

"Deck the Halls"

The Historic Perry Hall Mansion Annual Holiday Open House  
Saturday, December 15th, 2012   4:00 – 7:30 pm
At The Perry Hall Mansion, off Perry Hall Road in Perry Hall, MD 21128

Amid Perry Hall history enjoy delicious refreshments & holiday cheer, raffles, fundraising, & the mansion store, musical performances, & children’s activities throughout the evening

Reserve Tickets by December 13th
Members: $25 ea or $40  pair  
Non Members: $35 ea. or $50  pair (includes membership dues)
Children are welcome with accompanying adult
Admission is by List, Tickets will not be mailed

Please download ticket form by clicking here

06 November 2012

Mark Your Calendars!

November 2-25th,
Mansion Store at the Perry Hall Communtiy Hall. Gerst Ave. Perry Hall. Open every day.

November 10th,
Mansion Store at St John's Christmas Bazaar, 9AM-4PM. 11901 Bel Air Rd., Kingsville, MD.

November 16-December 2nd,
Mansion Store at the Amoung Friends Craft Show, held in the Odd Fellows Hall, Bradshaw Rd., Upper Falls, MD. Open every day.


20 October 2012

Volunteer's gather for our Fall Clean-up at the Historic Perry Hall Mansion. Our next scheduled clean-up is November 3 from 9am - 1pm. Hope to see you there!


06 October 2012

General Membership Meeting Of The Historic Perry Hall Mansion, Inc. A Success!

HPHM met with the general membership on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 to discuss the current situation of this historic property and to introduce it's Board Members to the membership. You can read more about the meeting here.


28 September 2012

Mark Your Calendars!

October 20 -
Mansion grounds Fall Clean-up and Workday (part 1)
9am – 1pm at the Perry Hall Mansion

November 03 -
Mansion grounds Fall Clean-up and Workday (part 2)
9am – 1pm at the Perry Hall Mansion

November 10 -
Mansion Store at the St Thomas More Parish Craft Show
10am – 2pm at St Thomas More Parish 6806 McClean Blvd Baltimore, MD 21234

December 15 -
Perry Hall Mansion Christmas Open House “Deck the Halls” 
4:00 – 7:30 pm  at The Perry Hall Mansion               
(Details to come, pending permit and county permissions)

20 August 2012

Exciting things are happening with the Perry Hall Mansion.  After a meeting with Baltimore County officials, in the spring, we have discussed taking on the property from the county through a lease.  In order to do so we must become a separate non-profit entity, currently the Friends of the Perry Hall Mansion has its 501 (c) (3) status through the Perry Hall Rec. & Parks.  We have begun the process of becoming our own distinct entity yet will operate as both the Friends of the Perry Hall Mansion and our newly founded nonprofit corporation the Historic Perry Hall Mansion, Inc. as we are preparing for the organizational changes. 

The purpose of this newly formed organization is to maintain, manage, and promote the Perry Hall Mansion, a historic property in Perry Hall, Maryland.  The property shall be used as an educational resource reflecting the area’s history and culture, showcasing the contributions of the house and its residents to Maryland and United States history.  It shall serve as a repository for artifacts relating to local history.  It shall be available for public use including tours and events and other limited uses.

We will have a general membership meeting to introduce the upcoming organizational changes and the future plans for the Perry Hall Mansion on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 7pm at the Perry Hall Library in the large meeting room.   


10 August 2012

Perry Hall Mansion History Book Prepped for National Publisher

Jeff Smith (left) and Sean Kief (right) are working together on a photographic
history book on the Perry Hall Mansion. Credit Emily Kimball

Perry Hall's most significant historic landmark is also its most elusive—hidden behind trees and locked behind a chain-link fence. An upcoming book, however, seeks to offer an unprecedented glimpse into the Perry Hall Mansion's storied past.

Co-authors Sean Kief and Jeffrey Smith are working to complete preparations for an Images of America book through Arcadia Publishing. Images of paintings, artifacts and photos—along with a corresponding narrative of captions—are due to the publisher by Sept. 11. The finished paperback book could hit Amazon, local bookstores and the mansion's gift shop by March 2013.

Read the full article here!


14 July 2012

County Councilman David Marks has announced his intention to rezone the Perry Hall Mansion property, from DR 2 to DR 1, which is the lowest level allowed in the urbanized part of the county.  This will provide another level of protection for the property.  Read more here:  http://perryhall.patch.com/articles/perry-hall-mansion-downzoning-another-layer-of-protection


Perry Hall Mansion Friends Plant Tree, Clean Up

Members of the Perry Hall community gathered to commemorate both Earth Day and Arbor Day at the historic Perry Hall Mansion. The highlight of the event was the planting of a redbud tree, donated by State Sen. Kathy Klausmeier. Baltimore County Councilman David Marks and State Del. John Cluster were also on hand for this spring celebration and volunteer activity.


!!! CANCELLED !!! Earth Day 2012

*** Given that the current weather forecast for the scheduled day of this event presently indicates rain for much of the day on Sunday, the Friends have arranged for an alternate rain-date.  The event will be re-scheduled for Sunday, April the 29th, starting at 1pm at the Perry Hall Mansion. ****


Earth Day 2012

In honor of Earth Day 2012, on Sunday, April 22, the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion will host a special community service opportunity for all interested volunteers.

Starting at 1 p.m. and continuing until 6 p.m., Friends members will work side by side with volunteers to conduct a comprehensive spring cleaning of the 4-acre grounds surrounding the historic Perry Hall Mansion at 3930 Perry Hall Rd. They plan to collect brush and debris, prune and trim shrubs and trees and cut the grass.

A highlight of the event will be a special tree planting ceremony, in commemoration of both Earth Day and Arbor Day, which will fall on April 27. Lunch and light refreshments will be available for all attendees, in addition to raffle prizes and other activities.

Interested volunteers are encouraged to RSVP to Jeff Smith, president of the Friends, at jeffwsmith@verizon.net. Volunteers may bring their own gloves and/or gardening tools.


07 April 2012

This past year we were able to again hold our annual holiday event in the Perry Hall Mansion. After permission from Baltimore County was granted, permits attained and a few visits and compliance with the fire marshal, we were pleased to open the house and show it off. While we are not able to open the house for community public or private use we are hopeful that by the end of this year we will be able to gain the rights to use and operate in the building and its grounds. After permissions are granted we will begin the transformation of the interior main rooms to allow for proper and safe use of the building. We continue to be optimistic that we will be able to use this local landmark to enhance our community and we continue to move forward with promoting the Mansion and our local history. Look for the mansion store items and a number of new items featured at local craft fairs throughout the year including this spring at The Perry Hall Community Hall Craft Show off of Gerst Road March / April 2012 & Among Friends Craft Show at Odd Fellows Hall on Bradshaw Rd near Kingsville March 23-25. As always, we thank you for your continued support, we encourage you to get involved, help with events, attend meetings, join a committee, make a donation, and look forward to new opportunities in the upcoming year.


22 December 2011

Holiday Cheer Fills Perry Hall Mansion Community members crowded into the historic mansion

by Emily Kimball PerryHallPatch


Directions to the Perry Hall Mansion  


13 December 2011

"At the request of County Councilman David Marks, developers plan to make a $15,000 donation toward the restoration of the Perry Hall Mansion"


2011 December 8

Another great article from the Perry Hall Patch!


24 November 2011

The Friends of the Perry Hall Mansion Fifth Annual Holiday Event: Mansion Open House “Deck the Halls” 

Saturday, December 17th, 2011   4:00 – 7:30 pm  At The Perry Hall Mansion

Enjoy Perry Hall History & Holiday Cheer, Raffles, Fundraising, the Mansion Store, Musical Performances & Children’s Activities throughout the evening

Tickets: FPHM Members: $20 ea. or $30 pair  Non Members: $25 ea. or $40 pair; Reserve Tickets by December 15th, Children are welcome (at no charge) with accompanying adult.  Admission is by list, Tickets will not be mailed.

Please download a ticket form here.

Donate a Christmas Tree Ornament for the Community Tree Display: This year the Perry Hall Mansion was graciously donated a 12’ pre-lit Christmas tree to stand in the Grand Hall.  In the spirit of community we invite you to donate an ornament to decorate this beautiful tree and add your own personal touch.  Handmade or store-bought, please tag it with your individual/ family or company/ organization name. Ornaments must be donated by Dec 15th 2011  to donate contact:  Laura Kimball laurackimball@gmail.com 410-262-7419

 Volunteer Request: Help needed to...

  • Decorate the Mansion on Friday, Dec. 16 10am – 3pm & decorate/ set up on Dec 17
  • Supply Decorations (just for the event or donation)
  • Donate Magnolia, Pine, and Holly Clippings
  • Donate food items for the open house fare
  • Provide musical performances during the event
  • Assist with the Children’s’ Activity room
  • Event Help: Event Greeters, Parking Attendants, etc.
  • Assist with fundraising raffle
  • Clean up and take down
  • Other Donations and Volunteer Services

Q's for event and volunteering contact:  Laura Kimball   laurackimball@gmail.com 410-262-7419 


26 September 2011

Great article about the future of the Mansion.

The Perry Hall Patch


05 January 2011

Great article from the Baltimore Sun.

Perry Hall Mansion restoration project stalled


19 December 2010

To All,

Given that we had our holiday event at the Mansion earlier this month, and in light of folks crowded schedules during the holiday season, we will NOT have a board or general meeting of the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion this month.  We will reconvene in 2011.

Please let me know if you have any questions. 


Jeff Smith, President
Friends of Perry Hall Mansion


05 November 2010

The next scheduled Board Meeting will be Tuesday, November 10th at 7pm.  Board meetings are now held the second Tuesday of the month with a general meeting being held every quarter.

17 August 2010

To the Members of the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion:

Please note, that due to the summer vacation season, the Friends will not be having general or board meetings until September 2010


Jeff Smith
Friends of Perry Hall Mansion


22 July 2010

Mark your Calendars!  It's official!  The Perry Hall Town Fair has been rescheduled for August 14th! 

Come see the Perry Hall Mansion Booth at the Perry Hall Town Fair - Saturday  8/14/10    10am - 5 pm
(Also please find attached: The mansion review our bianual newsletter and a membership renewel form)

  • Come and talk with FPHM board members! 
  • See and here what's going on at the Mansion!  
  • Get involved with volunteer opportunities!
  • Share your Ideas!
  • Learn about upcoming events! 
  • Take your picture in our colonial photo stand!
  • New merchandise in the mansion store - including children items!
  • Children's Colonial Craft Time!
  • Enter our raffle for a Framed Mansion Painting Print!
  • Colonial Lock Display! Learn about Colonial locks from a local blacksmith/ colonial lock expert!
  • Renew your membership!

Perry Hall Town Fair www.perryhalltownfair.com is 10-5 at the Honeygo Village Shopping Center. 
Friends of the Perry Hall Mansion Booth is near the community booths - see map: http://www.perryhalltownfair.com/files/Townfairart/Honeygo_center_map_10.pdf 
directions and parking info: http://www.perryhalltownfair.com/files/Townfairart/Shuttle_Stop-Parking_map.pdf
We look forward to seeing you all at the fair!
Any questions, comments, or want to volunteer! Contact:

Laura Kimball
Creative Director
Friends of the Perry Hall Mansion
laurackimball@gmail.com or 410-262-7419


10 December 2009

To the Members of the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion:

Please note that the Friends will be moving to have general membership meetings on a quarterly basis (March, June, September, and December).  Thus, our next general meeting will take place this Tuesday, March 16th, starting at 7pm.  More information will be provided prior to the event.

I look forward to seeing all of you at this next meeting!


Jeff Smith
Friends of Perry Hall Mansion


The Friends of the Perry Hall Mansion Third Annual Holiday Reception

View more images here

During the first Sunday in December, about twenty volunteers from the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion coordinated the first ever holiday tour and reception featuring this historic residence.  Perry Hall Mansion, originally constructed in 1775, was acquired by Baltimore County in 2001, and is supervised by the Department of Recreation and Parks.  The Friends of Perry Hall Mansion, with over 175 members, work collaboratively with the County to guide the restoration and adaptive re-use of this unique property.

The tour was jointly sponsored by the Friends of Jerusalem Mills, and attracted over 135 guests.  Immediately following the tour, the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion welcomed another 150 guests to a holiday reception, featuring musical performances, period furnishings and holiday décor, as well as a visit from Santa Claus.  Special guests included Sen. Kathy Klausmeier and Del. Joe Boteler, who both represent Baltimore County’s 8th legislative district, as well as Mr. Steve Verch, the chair of the County Parks Board.  This day of activity was the first time that visitors could see the completed first phase of interior renovations of Perry Hall Mansion.  This work consisted of the replacement of the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems, as well as a general stabilization of the interior of the building.  It is hoped that cosmetic renovations and interior decorating can commence sometime during 2010. 


10 December 2009

To the Members of the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion:

Please note that, in recognition of the holiday season, there will NOT be a December meeting of the Friends.

Thus, our next general membership meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 19th, starting at 7pm.  This event will take place at the chapel of St. Michael's Lutheran Church, located on Bel Air Road, across from Friendly's Restaurant.

I look forward to seeing all of you next January!

Thanks and Happy Holidays,

Jeff Smith

Friends of Perry Hall Mansion


26 November 2009

Deck The Halls!

The Friends of the Perry Hall Mansion Third Annual Holiday Reception
Sunday December 6th 4:30 until 7:30 pm
at The Perry Hall Mansion

Refreshments, Beverages, and Holiday Cheer!
Musical Performances, readings, and an Assortment
of Children's Activities throughout the Evening

Ticket Information      MapQuest      Event Schedule


16 November 2009

To the Members of the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion:

Please note that our next general membership meeting will take place this Tuesday, November 17th, starting at 7pm.  This event will take place at the chapel of St. Michael's Lutheran Church, located on Bel Air Road, across from Friendly's Restaurant.

I look forward to seeing all of you on Tuesday evening!


Jeff Smith

Friends of Perry Hall Mansion


18 October 2009

To the Members of the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion:

Please note that our next general membership meeting will take place this Tuesday, October 20th, starting at 7pm.  Immediately following the end of this meeting, there will be a brief meeting of the Board of Directors of the Friends.  Both events will take place at the chapel of St. Michael's Lutheran Church, located on Bel Air Road, across from Friendly's Restaurant.

Also, for those of you who may have been planning on participating with us in the Perry Hall Halloween Parade (originally scheduled for today), please note that the event has been cancelled, due to poor weather conditions.  There will be no rain date.

I look forward to seeing all of you on Tuesday evening!


Jeff Smith
Friends of Perry Hall Mansion


05 October 2009

To the Members of the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion:

On the basis of recommendations from the ad hoc By-Laws Review Committee, the Executive Board presents the following recommended changes to the current by-laws of the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion (download pdf). These changes will better describe the actions, procedures, and structure of the organization and allow for future efforts. 

The General Membership will be asked to vote to accept these revised by-laws at our next General Meeting, to be held on October 20, 2009.  Please note, that you will also be receiving a printed copy of these revisions via US Mail shortly.


Jeff Smith,
Friends of Perry Hall Mansion


04 September 2009

Friends of Perry Hall Mansion Booth at 2009 Parkville Town Fair

On Sunday, September 13th, from 10:00am until 4:00pm, the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion will be staffing a booth at this year's Parkville Town Fair.  At the booth, there will be a variety of Mansion-themed items for sale, such as decorative sun-catchers, two different types of Christmas tree ornaments, a historical and architectural overview of the Mansion, and lovely stationery cards, featuring historic depictions of the Mansion and grounds.

There will also be a special charity raffle (with all proceeds going to support the restoration of the Mansion), which will have as prizes:  a large framed print of Francis Guy's 1803 oil painting of the Perry Hall Mansion, and two decorative porcelain artworks of the Mansion.  Raffle tickets will be for sale at a cost of $1 apiece, and 6 tickets for $5 dollars.  

Additionally, a number of items found as part of a surface archaeological scan of the Mansion grounds will be on-display.  There will also be colonial-themed costumes available for young children to try on!  

Feel free to stop by and get an update on all of the wonderful activity going on in association with the Perry Hall Mansion


20 July 2009

To the Members of the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion

Please note that there will not be a meeting of the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion during either July or August of 2009.  Our next meeting will be on September 15, 2009 at 7pm. 

I did want to provide you with a brief update with regard to our booth at the 2009 Perry Hall Town Fair.  Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers, led by Colleen Bowers, the Friends collected over $500 from the sale of various Mansion-themed gift items, and from new and renewal memberships!!   A special thank you to those who helped to plan and execute this event, as well as to those Friends members who stopped by the booth!

The Mansion interior renovation continues to proceed on schedule; we will have an update on this progress at our next meeting.  Here's wishing you the best for a pleasant summer ... looking forward to seeing you in September!!


Jeff Smith,
Friends of Perry Hall Mansion


13 July 2009

Welcome to the launch of our new site!

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