Linden has been the home of either a lawyer or judge since its existence. Mr. Henry Williams, a lawyer and later the head of the Weems Steamboat Company, built Linden shortly before or after his marriage in 1868. Judge Daniel Randall Magruder, Chief Justice for Calvert County and the youngest judge ever to be seated in Maryland, owned and lived at linden from 1875 until 1881 when he returned to the practice of law in his native Annapolis. Judge Magruder also served as a President of the Annapolis and Elkridge Railway and the Drum Point Railway. Judge John Parran Briscoe, a lawyer and later a judge, lived at Linden while “Oldfield’s” on Main street was under construction. John B. Gray Sr. one of the best known members of the Maryland Bar, purchased Linden in 1887 and re-recorded the deed in 1889. John B. Gray, Sr. lived in Linden from that point on until his death in 1937. His son, John B. Gray, Jr., was born at Linden and entered the practice of law with his father. He was later to become Chief Justice for the Seventh Judicial Circuit. Judge Gray’s sisters, Misses Sadie and Marguerite Gray were active in business, church and civic affairs, entertaining extensively at the family home. Linden became home for many school teachers who sought lodging and the gracious hospitality of the Gray sisters.
With the help of members and supporters, Linden became the new headquarters of the Calvert County Historical Society. Today it operates the society’s research library, museum gift shop and allows us to exhibits Calvert County’s history. We welcome the public to visit Linden to view recordings, examine original documents, enjoy the large collection of materials and share in the county’s cultural heritage.
Originally from: Letters from Linden
Date: January to February 1997