Letchworth's Chance - Neeld Mansion

Maryland Historical Trust


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Do you know the history of the Neeld Mansion?  How old? How many owners?  Many use to think it was haunted. We drive past it every day but most of us never give it any thought to the history.  

Letchworth's Chance - Neeld Mansion

The house on Letchworth's Chance is considered to be one of the "original manor houses of Calvert County."  When the Neeld Family purchased Letchworth's Chance for $6000 in 1893 the farm consisted of 263 acres.


The property was subdivided in the 1930s to create "Neeld Estates".  Neeld Estates has a very active community association (NECA) that provides recreational and educational activities relating to living on the Chesapeake Bay. Although lots are privately owned, the Neeld Estate Beach is privately owned by the Neeld family (Plum Point Corporation).


Much of Letchworth's Chance early history is unknown. Locals have passed on lore and legends of the "manor house." It has been said that the area known as "Devil Steps" lives a black dog with eyes of fire.  There are also   the popular legends of a child crying (or a baby wailing) at midnight after falling to their death off the second story landing or the woodchopper chopping wood in the middle of the night or the whistling west parlor ghost. Neeld family members claim to have never heard the baby cry and since the extensive mid-twentieth century renovation the woodchopper (or a loose shingle and shutter) no longer chops. After the northern chimney was fixed the ghost no longer whistled.


more information, maps and lots of photos:


Letchworth's Chance - Neeld Mansion

Maryland Historical Trust

 other information:  Plum Point History 


 President - Eve Shoemaker             

 1st V. President - Danny Bauer

 2nd V. President - Brett Reeves

 Secretary - Kari Logan

 Treasurer - Kim Phillips

NECA Standing Committees

Hilltop House - Sue Coffey

Roads & Drainage - Danny Bauer

Sunshine - Eve Shoemaker

Beach - Jay Geest

Membership - Pam Slaughter

Neighborhood Watch - Sandy Geest

Welcome - Eve Shoemaker

Mosquito Control - Keith Griffith

"It's volunteers that make an extra effort every day to strengthen our relationships in the community and help make Neeld Estate a wonderful place to live"

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The Neeld Estate Beach is PRIVATELY OWNED by the Neeld family and can only 
be used by Residents of Neeld Estate and their Guests.  

Anyone else is TRESPASSING on Private Property 
"Violators will be prosecuted by authority of Plum Point Corp." 
(Posted on the signs leading to the beach)


The entrances to the beach are for loading and unloading your vehicle. 
Please replace the chains when you leave.

Please take the time to read the signs posted at the entrances to the beach
and please be a good neighbor and follow the rules as they are posted.
This sign was posted by Plum Point Development Corp., 

the Neeld family owns the beach)



A Beach Committee has been formed to address the issues of

trespassers parking on private property and using the beach.


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Chesapeake Beach, MD 


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