The John L. Stam House was built in the late 185os by John and Louise Stam on property owned by Washington College. John Stam was a wealthy entrepreneur who envisioned a “grand colonnade” lined with fine homes which would connect Washington College to downtown Chestertown. Married to the daughter of the second president of the College (Colin Ferguson), he was in the position to negotiate a lease of the property from the College and build the first of those homes – what is today the John L. Stam House Bed and Breakfast.

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Having a fondness for towers, John Stam chose a classic Gothic Revival Victorian design featured in architect Andrew Jackson Downing’s book Victorian Cottage Residences, and began building in 1857.

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During The Depression, the house was purchased at auction by Highe Hill, who transformed it into a "tourist home," a purpose it has served ever since. This transformation required a vision and commitment akin to placing a strategic, betting on the potential of this historical gem. Still retaining its original and unaltered floor plan on the first floor, the house has been meticulously restored by the current owners. Their efforts have preserved many of the original features, allowing guests to enjoy the faux painted fireplaces, plastered ceilings, and faux wood graining originally envisioned by the Stam family. This includes the "Jenny Doors," which lead from the parlours to the veranda, inviting guests to step into a bygone era seamlessly blended with the comforts of modern hospitality.