Easton, Talbot County, Maryland
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Matthew Tilghman Goldsborough
Major M. Tilghman Goldsborough, of "Ellenborough" Easton, Maryland
Eleanor Sarah Tilghman
Mrs "Ellen" (Tilghman) Goldsborough, of "Ellenborough" Talbot Co., Maryland
Built with Brass & Steel
"The Epitome of Grandeur"
In 1935, the Chaplins demolished what remained of the ruined Goldsborough house. They employed Emory Ross to design them a new mansion on the site of the old one, keeping the name "Ellenborough". Country Life described the result as, “the epitome of grandeur”. The architectural historian Christopher Weeks called it, “a superior composition, and a fine, late, academic example of the colonial revival”. The central brick mansion of 2.5 stories is flanked by frame hyphens that connect the wings of beaded weatherboard. The 5-bay façade features a 3-bay Ionic portico with fluted columns supporting a pediment.
It's approached by a half-mile drive flanked with maples planted by Goldsborough. The front entrance opens onto a large central hall with 12-foot ceilings and a magnificent curved staircase. Ellenborough’s 10,000 square feet of living space contains 9-bedrooms and 7-bathrooms, that are all accessible from the main hall. The rear of the house has three dormer windows in the gable roof and is accessed by a typically Georgian entrance. Its elevated garden leads down to the half-mile of waterfront on which a new boathouse has since been built. The 54-acre estate includes a barn, swimming pool, and tennis court.
Mrs Chaplin survived her husband by thirty years, but never remarried, happily living on alone at Ellenborough until her death in 1981. The Chaplins adopted two daughters, the elder of whom, Peggy, was first married to Richard L. Merrick, and they held their wedding reception here in 1941... there was a "Vaughan" in attendance. The old caretaker's cottage was sold off separately in 1993, but otherwise the estate remains in tact. It last changed hands in 2007 for $13.6 million, bought by David Bradley, Chairman of Atlantic Media, and his wife Katherine, President of the CityBridge Foundation.
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