Perry Hall Mansion sold to Kingsville businessman, to become bed-and-breakfast

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PERRY HALL, MD—A Kingsville businessman has purchased the Perry Hall Mansion from Baltimore County.

Robert Lehnhoff says his company, Harford Building LLC, plans to turn the historic landmark into a bed-and-breakfast and part-time event space, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The Baltimore County Council approved the sale for $5,000, a fraction $335,000 Baltimore County paid for it back in 2001. The property is now valued at $853,900 but will need “extensive maintenance and repair” before it’s safe to occupy, according to Deborah Shindle, the county’s chief property manager.

Lehnhoff told The Sun he plans to restore the mansion to its former glory using a $250,000 county grant that comes with the sale. He also plans to self-fund part of the repairs, apply for grants, and fundraise to finance the rest of the upkeep.

Erected on a hill above the Gunpowder River Valley, the Perry Hall Mansion is an excellent example of late colonial and early 19th-century life in eastern Baltimore County.

Construction on the mansion began under Corbin Lee, who died in 1773. It was completed under Harry Dorsey Gough, a wealthy Baltimore merchant, in 1776. Gough named the estate Perry Hall, after his family’s ancestral home of the same name within what is now Perry Hall Park, in Perry Barr, England, a northern suburb of Birmingham.

The Perry Hall Mansion is listed in the National Register of Historic Places (PDF).

Lehnhoff expects to begin construction in 2025.

Photo: Pubdog, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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