Pleasant Hills History
Pleasant Hills was founded and named by the Gassaway family in 1765. The original manor home, in which we live, was said to be built in that year from clay bricks kilned on the property. To this day, our home preserves much of it's history with the original slate roof as well as internal doors and flooring.
The farm was occupied by the North during the Civil War to protect Washington from evasion on the Potomac River. Following the Civil War, the farm was owned by the Kelley Family, who operated a successful dairy farm. Since then, much of the original farm has been developed into the lovely neighborhood in which we live, Spring Meadows in Darnestown Maryland, but little has been farmed.
Our desire in purchasing the remaining 12 acres of the original homestead is to return it to a productive and profitable local farming operation using organic and sustainable farming practices so that generations to come can enjoy it as much as we do.