The Belmont Estate, now Belmont Manor and Historic Park, is a former forced-labor farm located at Elkridge, Howard County, Maryland, United States. Founded in the 1730s and known in the Colonial period as "Moore's Morning Choice", it was one of the earliest forced-labor farms in Howard County, Maryland. Its 1738 plantation house is one of the finest examples of Colonial Georgian architectural style in Maryland.

From the late 17th century until 1962, the property was privately owned and associated with important personages from the late 17th century to the 20th century, including Dr. Mordecai Moore, Caleb Dorsey, Alexander Contee Hanson, and David K. E. Bruce.

Colonial and Historic Homes of Maryland - "Belmont" from the Etchcrafters Art Guild, Baltimore 1939, Signed by Swann, Don

It is now the 68-acre Belmont Manor and Historic Park, owned by Howard County and its Department of Recreation and Parks. It adjoins Patapsco Valley State Park. Facilities on the estate include the Belmont Manor House, a carriage house, a cottage, a large barn, formal gardens, a pond, and an aqua garden.

It is listed on the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT), Inventory of Historic Properties (MIHP), and is on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) as part of the Lawyers Hill Historic District, Elkridge, Maryland.

“Belmont Estate.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 27 November 2021,

Additional Information

"A Brief History of Belmont, the Gem of Elkridge" by Howard County Recreation & Parks.

Belmont Manor & Historic Park

360 Degree Interactive Panorama

Thank You

A heartfelt thank you to Fred Dorsey for providing a detailed tour and history of the property, as well as Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks for allowing us access to the property and permit for filming.

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Tim and Yvette with Fred Dorsey

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