Presenting Black Pearl Lodge and Farms. Located in Dorchester County, Maryland this complex of agricultural land, estuarine marshes, timberland, beaches, and sandy shorelines provides one of the most important wintering grounds for waterfowl on the Chesapeake Bay. Tens of thousands of ducks and geese call Black Pearl their winter home. This is demonstrated by the clouds of blue wing teal first seen in September and constant chatter of hen Mallards and Pintails heard from nearly every corner of the farm throughout the migration season. From the high marsh salt ponds to the yellow pine forestlands and every habitat in between, Black Pearl is more than the sum of its parts. The unique combination of natural and managed waterfowl and wildlife habitat, insulated by large forest blocks, is immeasurable. The matrix of quality habitat and legacy of wildlife management woven into the land and wildlife that use it are what make it the Black Pearl.
Black Pearl Lodge and Farms is an 850-acre private wildlife estate offering 6.5+ miles of waterfront and sole ownership of the entire shoreline of Woolford Creek in Madison, Maryland. The privacy, unique waterfowl habitat, and improvements are unmatched. This turnkey property includes farm equipment, decoys, boats, and nearly all furniture and fixtures within the two residences and lodge. The land includes approximately 300 acres of timber, nearly 200 acres of agricultural land, and 350 acres of marshland. The 200 acres of farmland contain a variety of shallow water impoundments which are strategically positioned throughout the farm and utilized for grain impoundments, served by on-site fresh water wells. Impoundments can be used for both moist soil management and winter agricultural flooding.
Black Pearl is improved by three residences, two agricultural and tool barns, and a modern pole building with living space for guests, a farm manager, or employees. The property comfortably sleeps 25 guests. The three dwellings include a newly renovated owners’ residence, a large guest house with a pool, and the iconic Black Pearl Lodge. All three residences are perfectly situated along the Eastern shoreline of Woolford Creek, providing southwestern exposure to the expansive views of the Little Choptank River and world-famous Chesapeake Bay sunsets.
From Garden and Gun: "The Lodge at Black Pearl is a private 840-acre farm bordering Maryland’s famed Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, along the northern Chesapeake Bay about thirty miles south of Easton. The property features flooded fields, cropland, marshes, woods, private oyster beds, and five miles of shoreline, and while it has functioned as both a coveted destination hunting lodge for the Washington, D.C., lobbying elite and a quasi-commercial hunting operation in the past, Black Pearl is strictly a family place today. Owned for the last ten years by Stephen and Vicky Mullaney, Virginia natives who met in Richmond in 1986, the property is now focused on introducing nonhunters to waterfowling, with a heaping side dish of conservation, ethics, and plain old hard work."