Teachers' Pets


Dec 9, 2019

This story, once again, comes from Spirits of Frederick by Alyce T. Weinberg. None of the photos are mine…

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There is a limestone mansion in Buckeystown Maryland, built in 1754, on 17,000 acres. It was built for Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. There is also a chapel, as well as many farm buildings – enough to accommodate 500 slaves and tenant farmers.

The Manor house appears much as it did then, but is no longer visible from Manor Woods Road. the little chapel of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church has been in use ever since it was first constructed, though it has been rebuilt and enlarged to serve the growing Catholic population.

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St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Carroll and Tricia Kreps lived in the mansion as caretakers, in 1977. They loved having all that space, plus a swimming pool and a fish pond. Every night, after they went to bed, dishes would begin to rattle and they would hear conversations in the kitchen below them. They said it was like a party in progress.

Their fathers came to visit at different times, both saying that they heard noises. Both got up when they heard the commotion and went to join the midnight icebox raiders. But all was quiet by the time they reached the kitchen.

When they moved in, they were told that the church was haunted by a ghost named Charlie…they thought it was exciting! They never expected to have a ghost of their own.

Some facts about Carrollton Manor:

  • Carrollton Manor extended from the Potomac River on the south, Catoctin Mountain to the west, the Monocacy River to the east, and Ballenger Creek to the north. It included the towns of Lime Kiln, Buckeystown, Adamstown, Doubs, Licksville, Tuscarora, and Point of Rocks.
  • the walls are 24 inches thick, the floors are oak, and many doors still have the original latches
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may be known as a keeper or a strike

door latch
  • was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997
  • In the 1950s, the Renns sold the farm to Eastalco, which erected a large aluminum plant on the farm. Tuscarora (Carrollton Manor) is still standing and is used by Eastalco’s successor owner, Alcoa, as guest house and meeting center.
  • (wikipedia)

Try as I might I can’t find any info on whether or not it’s open to the public…probably not! It would be cool to stop by the place! But there are plenty of other places in and around Frederick!

Hope you have a great day!

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