Look Back: Belle Air

Bell Air built about 1670 is one of the oldest frame dwellings in America. Plainly visible are huge summer beams, expressed sills and wall posts. Built by a wealthy 17th century settler, it boasts the finest Jacobean staircase in America. The house is beautifully decorated with 18th century furnishings, including many antique Oriental carpets. The grounds include spring blooming shrubs, mature English boxwoods and flowering garden borders. Overlooks 200 acres of farmland cultivated for more than 300 years.

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