"A window into the past, many windows to the future"
Littleton Dennis Teackle figures prominently in the history of the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland on many levels -- as a merchant, entrepreneur, and (in later years) statesman. Born in Accomack County, Virginia to one of the wealthiest gentry families on the Eastern Shore, L. D. Teackle moved to Somerset County, Md. with his expectant wife, Elizabeth Upshur, in 1801. He followed in the footsteps of his successful father, John Teackle, by establishing a trans-Atlantic merchant enterprise in a family partnership
Teackle's aspirations and ambitions were limitless; he had seen firsthand the dynamic and inspiring commercial capabilities in Great Britain's industrial revolution when he took an exhaustive, eight-month grand tour of England and Scotland in 1799-1800. Success and optimism permeated his first years in Princess Anne with the purchase of extensive acreages, the birth of their daughter Elizabeth Anne, and the construction of the finely appointed, neoclassical brick residence. The couple called it Teackletonia, a name intended to differentiate their house from his uncle's Beckford mansion sitting a few hundred yards to the southwest.
But the optimism L.D. Teackle had for the economic outlook was immediately met with complications: disastrous weather in 1802-04 that caused extensive loss of crops, the beginning of the Napoleonic wars in 1803 that disrupted trans-Atlantic trade, the Federal government's Non-Importation Act, the ensuing Jeffersonian Embargo in 1807, and several years of war with Great Britain, all took a tremendous toll on the Teackles' success.
Following the disruption of war with Great Britain in 1812-14, the Teackles entered a very prosperous period that lasted a half dozen years. In this period, highly profitable contracts were secured with the Caribbean island governments, and a host of other ventures including the Steam Company of Princess Anne and the Bank of Somerset. At the end of this period the house was enlarged to its full, five-part size.