Last weekend, I attended a special event at Hope House near Easton, MD, on the Chesapeake Bay. The house, a brick mansion built around 1800 and home to members of the Tilghman family, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It’s currently a 300-acre working farm with goats, sheep, and peacocks. Its owner, Peter Stifel, is a retired University of Maryland geologist. The event, hosted by the Old Growth Forest Network and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy was to celebrate Stifel’s putting 80 acres of old forest under protection.