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Martha Stewart Living
Talbot County, Maryland
The Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay’s blue crabs, oysters, and endless waterways figure prominently in our American iconography, but figuring out where to touch down in this idyllic area can be intimidating. Talbot County is a perfect introduction, with its 600 miles of shoreline and charming small towns, including Easton, Saint Michaels, and Oxford. Each is filled with antiques shops, gardens, historical homes, and restaurants high and low, which is why the region has long been a weekend destination for Baltimore and D.C. natives. It’s farm country abutting the water – a landscape as romantic as you can imagine it to be.
The Shore Life Magazine
What do LA, Boston, NYC, DC, Baltimore and finally St. Michaels all have in common?
All of them are places that Julie Moriarty has called home. A graduate of the Gemological Institute of America and a widely-recognized expert in antique and estate jewelry, Julie and her husband, Robert Hockaday, a Baltimore area commercial real estate developer, decided to finally make Talbot County their primary residence.
Julie began her career specializing in both vintage textiles and jewelry. She was especially interested in the fine work and detail of some of the major jewelry houses of the twentieth century, including Tiffany, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpel. It was her appreciation of this fine workmanship that compelled her to pursue a career in antique and estate jewelry. After graduating from the Gemological Institute of America, Julie began to concentrate exclusively in vintage fine jewelry. She developed a reputation as a wholesaler of fine antique and estate jewelry supplying some of the most prestigious retail establishments in the country and abroad with inventory.
“I spent a great deal of time traveling, seeking out great examples of antique and estate jewelry and would work with estate attorneys, bankers, museums, other dealers and the like who had been commissioned to sell collections and family estates. Frequently, I would assist and advise family members as to what was valuable and what they should keep or dispose of.”
“My husband and I chose Talbot County, and specifically St. Michaels, because of its captivating natural beauty and distinctive cultural and historical character. We decided to try something different and establish a retail store in St. Michaels. At Guilford & Company, we specialize in antique and estate jewelry, with a focus on beautiful and classic pieces from the 1850’s to the present day.”
Guilford & Company Relocates to Historic Home
Coming this June, Guilford & Company, Talbot County’s leading specialist of Fine Antique and Estate Jewelry, will be moving to their new location at 101 North Talbot Street in St. Michaels. Listed on the Maryland Historic Trust State Inventory Site and located prominently in the center of town at the corner of Talbot and Cherry Street, this imposing two-story, five bay frame structure(s) originally started life in the mid 1830s. Archival records note this structure as “a prominent architectural element for this crossroads.”
The past ownership and uses have been recorded as follows:
- Mary Jane Atwood inherited the lot from her uncle, Thomas Hanna, in 1832. Two years later, she married Littleton D. Ford and they opened Ford’s Tavern and operated this as a tavern and boarding house from approximately 1835 thru 1865.
- The property was then sold to Thomas Blades and his family who, in 1855, is know to have operated a dry goods, notions, groceries, cigars and tobacco shop on this site until 1920.
- The C.B. Sewell Family occupied the building from the mid 1920’s thru the mid 1940’s and had an automobile and tire accessories store on the premises.
- Later uses, from the mid 1940’s thru present time, have included a grocery store, a laundromat, and art gallery, a clothing store and an antique shop.
Guilford & Company’s owner Julie Moriarty Hockaday, teamed up with her husband, Robert Hockaday, a Baltimore-based real estate developer, to redevelop the structures while at the same time maintaining the historical integrity and structural qualities of this building
“The timing was perfect for us,” says Julie. “We have outgrown our current location and needed more space. My husband has redeveloped many historical structures in the Baltimore metropolitan area and we both agreed that it was important this building be saved and lovingly restored.”
Guilford & Company has employed the talents of many of the Mid-Shore professionals to help with this project. Architectural services were provided by Pam Gardner, AIA; engineering services were provided by Claggett Engineering; constructions services were provided by Talbot Builders; electrical services were provided by DC Electric; plumbing services were provided by Ray’s Custom Plumbing. Other contractors include Bay Hundred Landscape, Terrapin Security, Key One Locksmith’s, Gedes Insulation and a host of many other fine contractors.
Look for Guilford & Company’s opening mid-June of this year at its new location at 101 North Talbot Street, St. Michaels. Guilford & Company specializes in Fine Antique and Estate Jewelry. The store is open seven days a week.