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History of the George Brooks House

Just at the NW end of St. Michaels, the George Brooks House sits on over 8 acres of land and has been designated an historic site by the Talbot County Historic Preservation Commission. The house dates back to the civil war period as the center section was reportedly built by freed slaves for Captain Andrew C. Barkman. In 1900, George and Mamie Brooks bought the house. 

(The George Brooks House to the right)
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In 1908, George McClellan Brooks added the four-room Gothic Revival Victorian section facing Rt. 33. George built this addition when his sister died leaving 11 children without proper housing – and George and Mamie became parents to the seven youngest children. Mamie was the school teacher at the one room "colored school" on the West side of town and George hauled things and delivered milk and eggs plus watermelons in the summer. 

George Brooks prospered in the early part of the 20th century when he bought a truck for hauling farm produce to the packing plants and ice to the seafood industry. The house was reportedly the largest African-American owned residence in the area, and today represents one of the few restored African-American homes dating back over 100 years. George was outspoken and firmly convinced that the "colored man" could succeed in the segregated town of St. Michaels and Talbot County.

(George and Mamie Brooks pictured to the left)
In 1936 at the height of the Depression, George wrote a treatise on race relations called "Constructive Thinking." an amazing pamphlet that reflects on the racial tensions of that time. If you read the pamphlet, you will see why many consider George McClellan Brooks the "Bill Cosby of his era" in Talbot County. Carefully restored and expanded in 2001, it now provides six elegant guest bedrooms with private bathrooms, a large parlor, dining room, garden room, and covered brick patio for our guests to enjoy. Outside,the grounds provide formal Victorian gardens, 20' by 40' swimming pool, and a large 10' diameter hot tub for guests to enjoy from late spring into the fall.

(Constructive Thinking by George Brooks to the right)
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