A VISION ON A MISSION
The mission of The Johns Hopkins House, Inc. is to save and restore historic Whites Hall plantation (circa 1780), the birthplace and boyhood home of Johns Hopkins. We will then open up Whites Hall to the public as a museum and nonprofit country inn- The Johns Hopkins Inn.
The Johns Hopkins House, Inc. is a Maryland non-profit corporation. We are a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts, donations, and bequeaths to The Johns Hopkins House, Inc. are tax deductible. Our EIN# is: 82-1242910.
A PROPERTY FULL OF POTENTIAL AND FIREPLACES!
Whites Hall sits on 13 acres and is located in Crofton, Maryland. It is 26 miles from Baltimore and 23 miles from Washington, D.C.
The main center structure of the house, built in the second half of the 18th century, is Flemish bond brick Georgian and is representative of a house type of which few examples survive in north Anne Arundel County. The wings were added later on. There are 6 fireplaces and 2 staircases.
In a "walk-thru" on March 31, 2016 Whites Hall was found to be structurally sound, in all respects. Having sat idle for over a decade there is the expected disrepair, but nothing of great significance.
Our non-profit corporation, The Johns Hopkins House, Inc, has a "lease-to-purchase" agreement with the Polm Companies, a developer located in Millersville, MD.
With the help of all of you, we intend to purchase and fully restore Whites Hall. We have been granted approval by Anne Arundel County to develop a museum at Whites Hall. This will tell the story of not only this historic property, but also of the life and impact of Johns Hopkins. It was his very specific vision, spelled out in his bequests - not by accident or chance - that resulted in two of the world's great institutions.
To help support this mission, we have also been given approval by the county to operate an "accessory" restaurant and inn - The Johns Hopkins Inn. The Inn, part-in-parcel of The Johns Hopkins House, Inc. is intended, in the long term, to create self-sufficiency. It also is meant to provide further means of opening Whites Hall up to the public as a community resource.
THE RESTORATION CONSULTANT
We are fortunate enough to have Dennis Pogue as the Restoration Consultant on the Whites Hall project! He was the long-time curator and VP for Preservation at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens. He is now Adjunct Associate Professor in the Historic Preservation program at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Pogue specializes in the study and interpretation of the American colonial and early federal eras, with a particular focus on the plantation culture and society of the Chesapeake Bay region. Dr. Pogue is arguably the most qualified preservation consultant in the country for the Whites Hall project. We are ecstatic to have him overseeing the restoration of our project!
If we are sufficiently successful enough in our fundraising, Dr. Pogue will be directing the construction of two replica 18th-century structures on the Whites Hall property: a tobacco barn and a slave cabin (the latter of which he oversaw at Mount Vernon).