Fran & I discovered Chanceford Hall for sale, while vacationing in Snow Hill, MD last August (2013). It was a foreclosure, & had been vacant & neglected for some time. We both fell in love with this proud, historic home, despite the fact that the entire kitchen had been removed! We returned home, to try & figure out a way to buy it. In October we made a low offer (the best that we could do at the time), only to be rejected by the bank. Sadly, they had accepted another bid instead. We had shared our interest in Chanceford with our family for two months, & now they were forced to deal with our vast disappointment! A month went by, & I wish that we had a dollar for every “It must NOT have been meant to be” that we heard from well meaning family & friends. One day in November we received an unexpected call from our real estate agent, Gary Weber, informing us that the current deal on Chanceford had fallen through, & he asked if we were still interested. We were almost numb to the news, as we had emotionally moved on, & had accepted the loss. But that shortly changed to a firm determination to buy Chanceford Hall! It WAS meant to be, & we settled with the bank on December 27th (2013)! Now the real work began! We arrived at Chanceford with a truck load of furniture & tools, & our Grand Daughter’s husband, Troy Carver. Inside of two hours, Troy had managed to get one zone of heat working, & had the other zone up & running by the next day! He also replaced 4/5 hot water heaters. Chanceford had heat & hot water for the first time in years! Chanceford Hall (1759) is over 7000 square feet, has six bedrooms, seven full baths, & ten fireplaces! It sits on a little over 1 acre, has a vintage lap pool, & the oldest black walnut tree in Worcester County. It has been operated as a Bed & Breakfast since the 80’s, but also has been the home of some of Snow Hills most prominent citizens. Fran & I were able to reopen Chanceford Hall as a B&B this past summer (2014)! We offer four guest rooms, at this time, all with private bathrooms. We strive to make our guests stay both comfortable & pleasurable, & a full, delicious breakfast is included. So much for retirement! Wish us luck!
As a postscript; In November (2014) we were pleasantly informed that Chanceford Hall had been selected as one of the 100 Best Buildings in Maryland by The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), a division of the National Park Service, working with the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). This is wonderful news for us, & for the town of Snow Hill!
Innkeepers Doug & Fran Wight. Doug retired from Verizon in 2010, after almost 41 years service. Fran raised two sons; attended college & became a respiratory therapist; owned & operated a beauty salon; owned & operated a furniture consignment shop; & retired in 2011.