Genesar: The Oldest Property on the Eastern Shore Abandoned and Haunted by Those Who Once Occupied
Genesar: pronounced by the natives as ‘jay-nay-zee’, is a large, stately home now falling to ruin. It’s estimated that the home was built in 1732 by Major John Purnell. Throughout historical records, the home has also been known as Genezar, Genessar, Genzir, and Genezer. Today, its most commonly referred to as “that old scary house that’s collapsing in on itself and haunted by soldiers at South Point.”
- Along the Seaboard Side: The Architectural History of Worcester County, Maryland is a book published in 1994 by the Worcester County Library. The publication tells a story about how a British Navy ship fired upon Genesar during the War of 1812.
- The Maryland Works Project Association published an article in their guide in which it states that there were bullet holes in the structure. It’s unknown if anyone was injured by the bullets that protruded the home.
- The 3rd volume of Colonial & Historic Homes of MD claims that during the American Revolution, a British ship came through a channel carved into Assateague Island and Thomas Purnell, the original owner of Genesar, became very alarmed. He armed his servants and led them to the beach to fake a show of force towards the impeding British. By running out to the shores, Purnell secured enough time for his family to pack their possessions, bury their valuables, and flee the shores.
- According to local hearsay, a graveyard once sat in the field adjacent to the property. The graves have yet to be found and no one has proposed developing the land in which the graves are assumed to be. It could be decades before the buried bodies of old inhabitants, soldiers, and slaves are found. It’s rumored that the individuals laid to rest on this piece of land haunt the Genesar property and chase away anyone who sets foot on the property with ill intentions.
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