Graduate students in the University of Maryland's fall 2002 Historic Preservation Studio developed a conservation plan for the ca. 1807 Maiden's Fancy property. The first objective of the project was academic: to satisfy the course requirement to write such a plan in accordance with professionally recognized standards. The second objective was educational: to provide the owner, historical, planning, and preservation groups, and other interested parties with a fuller understanding of the site, its history, and context. The third objective sprang from the second, and was political: to inform all decision makers of the historic and cultural significance of the property and its character-defining features in the hope that these attributes will be respected in the future.