Marietta House Museum houses the histories of multiple generations of families, free and enslaved, who lived and labored on the roughly 600 acres that made up Marietta Manor. The historic site holds the stories of how life was lived in agricultural Maryland from the Federal Era, Antebellum years, Civil War period, Jim Crow and Reconstruction through to the rise of the modern Civil Rights era in the early 20th century.
Who lived here?
Multiple generations of the free slaveholding Duvall families and multiple generations of enslaved families including the Butler family lived at Marietta. Indentured servants and wage laborers also left their mark and their histories at Marietta for us to learn from, to commemorate, and to interpret for social justice conversations and advocacy. Their stories of achievements and afflictions compel visitors to ask what were the challenges and systemic constraints that shaped the lives lived?
About the property:
Marietta, the Federal-style brick home of U.S. Supreme Court associate justice Gabriel Duvall, was built ca. 1813. The home is situated on 25 acres of lawn and wooded areas with two County Champion trees, a lovely old boxwood, and a bamboo grove. Justice Duvall's law office and root cellar also are open to the public.