A Long, Storied History
The farm history of Evermore is rich and varied. Our farm was founded in 1783, and is directly descended from the lands owned by Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Originally part of a larger tract of land called “Molly’s Fancy,” it was transferred to John Warner in 1783, and the home that still stands and is being used on the farmstead is believed to have been built in 1787.
Around the World
So, what was happening in the world when Evermore Farm was born?
Let’s see . . .
• Mozart’s opera Marriage of Figaro premieres in Vienna.
• Congress declares victory in the American War of Independence on April 19, 1783.
• Benjamin Franklin invents bifocals in 1784.
• Congress declares the dollar as the official currency of the United States in 1785.
• The first school for the blind opens in Paris.
• Acadians establish Cajun cooking in Louisiana.
• Maryland bans the importation of slaves.
• The first modern book of chemistry, “The Elements of Chemistry” is published.
*Information obtained from www.history.com
While there were many transfers and several previous owners of this land, it was John Warner who built the house on the farm, creating a fully functioning farm. Up until that point, the parcel is simply large sections of land. Therefore, the establishment date for the farm is 1783 when the land passes into the hands of John Warner.
According to the information found at the Carroll County Historical Society this parcel was once part of a larger tract consisting of 1521 acres, known as “Molly’s Fancy.” A partial history of the parcel follows:
*Note: The 1827 transfer from John Warner to George Warner resulted from the probate of John Warner’s will. According to this will, filed at the Frederick Co. Court, Frederick, MD, George was to receive the 169+ acres of land and the building contained thereon. The will did contain a condition whereby John’s widow would be permitted to live on the farm and she was to have the use of the bedroom and room beneath nearest the garden. She was also to have use of half of the kitchen, summer kitchen and spring house until her death. John Warner and Rebecca Warner (possibly a granddaughter or granddaughter-in-law) are buried on the farm.
An expert on old houses, recommended by the Carroll County Historical Society, estimated that the house located on this farm was built circa 1810. However, an old adobe brick found built into the house appears to have a name and the number 1787 inscribed into it, leading us to believe the house is older than the 1810 date. From the will of John Warner, it is known that a two-story house, summer kitchen and spring house existed on the farm in 1827.
This history was prepared by Robert Porter