The Belair Mansion is known as the home of Governors, as several of Maryland’s Governors either lived there, or were associated with the Mansion. Currently the mansion is surrounded by a suburban planned development. However for many many years a plantation surrounded the mansion. My Grandfather, Nelson Cross Sr., was either born at the Belair Farm, or moved there as a small boy. My Great-Grandfather, Joseph Cross, worked on the farm, probably tending or training horses. My Grandfather never spoke of life at Belair, so unfortunately that’s all I know. We also don’t really know where my Great-Grandfather Joseph moved from before he landed at Belair.
I drive through Bowie each morning and evening on my way to and from work. I worked a shortened day because of the MLK holiday and decided to stop in the Belair Mansion on my way home. I also did a photowalk in downtown Annapolis, capped off with a coffee from City Dock. I’ll post more about the photowalk in another post.