George Brooks House 

Bed & Breakfast    St. Michaels MD    410-745-8381

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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.


George and Mamie Brooks

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.    


Constructive Thinking by George Brooks

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.

 

Preservation Awards

Awards

May 2002: The George Brooks House B&B won the prestigious "Heritage Award"from the Talbot County Historic Society for the best restoration in 2001 for a private residence - the award was presented on May 23, 2002 in Easton.

May 2003: The State of Maryland awarded the George Brooks House its "Preservation Award" for outstanding restoration of a private home on May 2, 2003 in Easton - one of only two homes selected for this award for 2002.