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General Admission

September 21 to October 21, 2018

Wednesday through Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday: Noon – 5 pm

Last admission of the day is one hour before closing.

On-Site parking is available.


  • Entry is made by presenting your PayPal receipt via this website or a with a ticket from our authorized ticket outlet locations (see below)
  • Admission is not dated, you may visit the home on any day that it is open.
  • $25 in advance via PayPal or at one of our Partner Retailers (see below)
  • $30 at the door

Bring a copy of your payment receipt, on your phone or a printed copy, for entrance.


Preview Day Garden Party

September 20, 2018
11:30 am to 4:00 pm

  • Ribbon cutting ceremony (12:00 to 12:30)
  • Luncheon catered by Georgia Grace Cafe (12:30 to 3:00)
  • Beer donated by D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc.
  • Entrance to the fully decorated home
  • Early bird shopping privileges
  • $60.00 per person
  • Advance Purchase only, no payment accepted at check-in


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Show House Information: Everything You Need to Know

Kim Christie, Christie Interior Design. LLC

Tracey Davidson, Woodside Home, LLC

Laura Fitzpatrick, LB Designs, LLC

Carroll Frey, Carroll A. Frey Interiors

Elizabeth Kelly, Sanctuary Interiors, LLC

Debbie McHale, Interior Transformations, LLC

Katy Miller, Honeybee Home, LLC

Margaret Nelson, Nelson Dorsey Interiors, LLC

Wendy Perry & Jennifer Gerrity, The Vintage Marketplace at Glenwood

Wiley Purkey, Artist

Camille Scott, Camille Scott Interior Design and Renovations, LLC

Kathy Swan & Ellen Corddry, Artists’ Gallery of Ellicott City

Ed Buffington & Joan Becker, Historic Ellicott City, Inc. (HEC)

Know Before You Go

  • Last admission of the day is one hour before closing
  • Like many historic properties,the Show House is not handicapped accessible or
    a child safe environment
  • No Infants or Children age 10 or under, please
  • No Pets
  • Flat heeled shoes
  • No indoor photography

HEC is pleased to partner with several local merchants who offer Show House tickets for sale to their customers.  You may purchase your Show House tickets while visiting any of the following merchants.  Tickets are $25 at these locations:

  • Christopher’s Hardware, Sandy Spring
  • Clarks Hardware, Ellicott City
  • Elkridge Furnace Inn, Elkridge
  • Ellie’s Arrangements, Maple Lawn
  • Emporium Antiques, Frederick
  • Georgia Grace Café, Ellicott City
  • Kendall Hardware, Clarksville
  • Lutfi’s Salon and Day Spa, Clarksville
  • Mount Airy Ace Hardware, Mt. Airy
  • NSA Civilian Welfare Fund Gift Shop, Ft. Meade
  • Serendipity, Highland
  • Sun Nurseries, Woodbine
  • The Antique Center at Historic Savage Mill
  • The Pink Cabbage, Ellicott City
  • The Shrine of St. Anthony Gift Shop, Ellicott City
  • Westwood Antiques, Glenelg
  • Zimmerman’s Ace Hardware, Burtonsville

Wilderness Farm is located at 3366 Jennings Chapel Road, Woodbine, MD 21797

  1. I-70 West
  2. Exit 76 (MD-97)
  3. Turn Left on MD-97 South, also known as Roxbury Mills Road, toward Olney
  4. Travel for 6.2 miles
  5. Turn right onto Jennings Chapel Road
  6. Travel for 2.9 miles
  7. 3366 Jennings Chapel Road is on the left
  8. Look for the yellow HEC Show House sign
  9. The long driveway leads to the house
  10. Follow posted parking signs

2018 Show House Wilderness Farm

Welcome to Wilderness Farm, a 1907 Victorian farm house which is listed on the Howard County Historic Sites Inventory of the Maryland Historical Trust.  This property is associated with the prominent Warfield and Nicodemus families of early Howard County.  Both the Warfield and Nicodemus families are noted for their roles as Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots.

There have been three owners of this home in its more than one-hundred-year history.   Joshua N. Warfield, Sr. owned the undeveloped land, called “The Wilderness” in the early 1900’s.  Prior to his son’s marriage, he gave the property, which consisted of 450 acres, to his son, Joshua N. Warfield, Jr.  In 1907, Joshua and his fiancé, Mary Nicodemus, built this home and tamed the wilderness into a working farm.  He served as a State Senator and was asked to run for Governor, but preferred to contribute privately, becoming politically influential behind the scenes.  He was well known throughout Howard County as a very kind and charitable man.  Joshua died in the late 1940’s, and Mary continued to live in the house until she died in 1972.   After Mary’s death, her nephew Howard C. Nicodemus inherited the property.   In 1974 the house and 5.4 acres of the property were purchased by its current owners, Wade and Rita Gallagher.  Mr. and Mrs. Gallagher raised their three children on Wilderness Farm.  The property is currently for sale.

Wilderness Farm is considered a Victorian house given the predominance of Victorian features, such as the slate roof, the tall proportions emphasized by the termination of the second floor roofline, above which rises the gambrel roof.  But it is also considered eclectic in design, as it combines elements of the Victorian, Shingle, Queen Anne and Neo-Classical Revival styles.

It is in its interior plan that the home excels and is truly representative of the best in early twentieth century, domestic American architecture.  Guests are greeted in the grand entrance hall with a wide staircase and lovely bay window with window seat.  The living and dining rooms follow and are mirror images of spacious hospitality, with both rooms of octagonal shape and featuring bay windows that flood the rooms with light and air, a strong feature of early twentieth century architecture.  These three main rooms each have an original fireplace with mantle.  Beyond these rooms is the service wing of the house, which was originally occupied only by servants.

The rooms on the second floor are also quite spacious and full of light.  Two of the rooms benefit from portions of the octagonal design directly below.  The third floor features several rooms with generous windows providing elevated views of the property.

This information courtesy of The Howard County Historic Sites Inventory for The Maryland Historical Trust