Homewood House Sponsors Contest to Spur Student Interest In an effort to encourage more students to get to know Homewood House and its history, the museum is sponsoring an essay contest for freshmen and sophomores with a cash prize of $1,000. Homewood, which sits at the top of the "beach" adjacent to the Eisenhower Library on the Homewood campus, is the restored country home of Charles Carroll Jr. and his wife, Harriet Chew Carroll. It was constructed between 1801 and 1803 by Carroll, who was the son of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of America's richest men. Since Homewood was sold in 1839 to merchant Samuel Wyman, it has been a schoolhouse; the original Hopkins Club; offices of the university president, provost and secretary; general office space; and a museum. In 1976 it was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark, and in 1982 it underwent extensive renovations, which recreated Homewood's early 19th-century appearance. It was opened again as a museum in September 1987. Students are invited to tour the house, pick up an application form and write an essay (maximum length, 1,500 words) exploring the house, its collections, its architecture or its environment. The essays must be submitted by March 15 and will be judged by a panel of Hopkins faculty and Homewood Advisory Council members. The award winner will be announced in May.
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