6 - Chase-Lloyd House
Patriot politician and future Declaration of Independence signer Samuel Chase began building this Georgian mansion in 1769, but he couldn't afford to finish the house and sold it two years later to Edward Lloyd IV. The wealthy Eastern Shore planter hired William Buckland and later William Noke, to supervise completion of the project. Buckland designed many of the homes fine interior features including the magnificent cantilevered imperial staircase and elaborate decorative details.
Edward Lloyd IV and his wife Elizabeth Tayloe Lloyd had six daughters and one son. Their youngest daughter, Mary Tayloe Lloyd, married the young lawyer Francis Scott Key here in her parents' home in 1802.
Mary's brother Edward Lloyd V was Maryland's governor from 1809 to 1811 and a United States Senator from 1819 to 1826.