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Needwood (sometimes called Needwood Forest) was an estate of approximately 1500 acres in Frederick County, Maryland. The main house, a stuccoed stone home in a Georgian style, was used as a school by Rev. Bartholomew Booth from about 1775 to 1779 when Booth relocated the school to Washington County, Maryland. Around this date Thomas Sim Lee (1745-1819), Maryland governor from 1779-1783, acquired the property. 


Folger McKinsey, History of Frederick County Maryland From the Earliest Settlements to the Beginning of the War Between the States (L.R. Titsworth & Co, 1910), 1: 328-333

"Old Needwood," Architectural Survey File, Maryland Historical Trust (2003),

"Thomas Sim Lee," in Dictionary of American Biography, (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936), Gale in Context: U.S. History,, [Accessed 1 Dec. 2021].