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Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 07/30/2010

Part of Colonial estate to be developed

By Washington Post editors

The Howard County Council has unanimously approved plans to cluster development in a corner of a Colonial estate that belonged to a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Up to 325 homes can be built on 221 acres of the historic Doughoregan Manor under the plan approved Thursday. The estate is the county's largest expanse of undeveloped land.

It belongs to Camilla and Philip D. Carroll. They are descendants of Charles Carroll of Carrolton. It is the only home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence still in family hands.

Preservationists listed it as one of Maryland's most endangered historic places in 2007 because of development plans.

The family says they intend to use the money to restore the remainder of the 892-acre estate and keep it in the family.
Information from: The Baltimore Sun,

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 12:37 PM ET
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