Vintage landscape: the axis

door, insideMontpelier, south of Laurel, Md., 1931, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

(Those are antique smoking pipes in the corner.)

door, outsideThe house was built in the early 1780s. George Washington was a guest there several times, and Abigail Adams praised the owners’ “true English hospitality” after a stay.

It still stands, although the boxwoods along the front walkway are gone.

boxwoodThe estate  is open to the public and available for events. (Although, it has been closed for much of 2013 for renovations.)