Hollingsworth House Photos

     This virtual tour of the Hollingsworth House is just the beginning of your Historic Elk Landing experience. In order to acknowledge the true impact of the site, the structures, and the history of The Landing, you must visit in person. From the rustic Little Elk Creek shoreline where the War of 1812 Cecil Militia defended all of Elkton from British invasion, to the farm land that remains under plow after over 250 years; from the ancient houses standing watch over our 60 plus acres, to the boxes of artifacts pulled from those acres after hundreds and in some cases, thousands of years beneath the soil, Historic Elk Landing beckons you to experience, learn, and enjoy all that it has to offer.

The Hollingsworth House

Built around 1800 by Zebulon Hollingsworth, the walls of the first two stories of the left hand portion are all that remain following an 1848 fire which gutted the interior of the house. For the unheard of sum of $3,000 (!) the house was rebuilt, a third story and the east wing were added, including a dining room and kitchen.

The Front Parlor

Some of the Hollingsworth furniture purchased after the 1850 reconstruction remains in the front parlor of the house along with family portraits and the fireplace. None of the fireplaces in the house are in working order, but could be made so, when funding is available.

The Back Parlor

The back parlor has also been restored and furnished. This furniture will be replaced as the foundation acquires period furniture for this fireplace centered sitting room.

The Dining Room

Added after the fire in 1850, the dining room is dominated by an antique table set for a late 19th century meal. The room also contains a photocopy of the letter President Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Delaware Baptist Association the original of which was found in the Hollingsworth House during the initial restoration.

The Foyer

As you enter the warm, inviting foyer of the rebuilt and renovated original portion of the house, you experience the easy flow between entrance and parlor, and entrance and dining room. Note too the rear exit to the house which, when opened, creates a flow of fresh air into this foyer, its connecting rooms, and the staircase.


Added on after the fire, this kitchen boasts a massive non-working cooking hearth complete with ancient iron fixtures and utensils. Also note the wood paneled closet space to the left of the fireplace and the door in the wall to the left of the closet. That door opens to a back staircase leading to a second floor room which, our historic architect tells us, was the living space for slaves and later house servants.

Second Floor Bedroom

One of the rooms that was added after the fire was this bedroom on the second floor. Dominated by a fireplace, the room is used as a work space for foundation activities such as document review, preservation, and presentation. Plans call for this room to be renovated yet again. It will be turned into a display area featuring rotating exhibits of the many artifacts found by the various archeological digs on the site, as well as documents we have discovered and preserved written by and about the many residents of this house spanning over 2 centuries!

Third Floor Bedroom

Significant water damage was done to areas of the third floor, including this low ceiling room. The roof was replaced, but much renovation work remains to be done all over the third floor which also houses the dwelling's HVAC system.

The Main Interior Stairwell

Looking down from the third floor, the original stairwell was replaced with this stairwell and handsome banister in 1850 which was restored and augmented during the 21st century renovations.