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Bel Alton in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rich Hill

The Fugitives Seek Shelter

 

John Wilkes Booth - Escape of an Assassin

 
Rich Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, January 22, 2019
1. Rich Hill Marker
As of 01/22/2019, the marker is near the house. It previously was at the intersection of Bel Alton Newtown Road and Rich Hill Farm Road.
Inscription.  After leaving Dr. Samuel A. Mudd's house on April 15, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, and his accomplice David E. Herold avoided Zekiah Swamp and made a wide arc around the village of Bryantown. Unsure of their surroundings, they soon enlisted the aid of a guide, Oswell Swann, who led them across the swamp to Rich Hill, the home of Samuel Cox. They arrived here shortly after midnight on April 16. According to Swann, Cox admitted the pair to the house where they remained "3 or 4 hours." Cox, however, later denied that they came into the house, and a young servant girl supported his testimony. Nevertheless, Cox did arrange to conceal the pair in a nearby pine thicket for several days, where they received food, newspapers, and information. Rich Hill is now a private dwelling.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 28.267′ N, 76° 57.933′ W. Marker is in Bel Alton, Maryland
Rich Hill exterior image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, November 15, 2015
2. Rich Hill exterior
, in Charles County. Marker can be reached from Bel Alton Newtown Road 0.1 miles east of Rich Hill Farm Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. As of 01/22/2019, the marker is near the house. It previously was at the intersection of Bel Alton Newtown Road and Rich Hill Farm Road. Marker is in this post office area: Bel Alton MD 20611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rich Hill Through the Years (here, next to this marker); Rich Hill Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Rich Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Wilkes Booth and David Herold (approx. 1.2 miles away); Pine Thicket (approx. 1.2 miles away); John Wilkes Booth (approx. 1.3 miles away); Courthouse at Moore's Lodge (approx. 2 miles away); Chandler's Hope (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bel Alton.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a portrait of Samuel Cox. In the upper center is a photograph of Rich Hill. On the right is a map of the Booth escape route, with red stars indicating Civil War Trails sites along the route.
 
Also see . . .
1. Booth's Escape Byway. (Submitted on January 16, 2019.)
2. Thomas Stone National Historic Site, National Park Service. Rich Hill is the birthplace of Margaret Brown Stone. Her husband, Thomas Stone, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. (Submitted on January 16, 2019.) 

3. Rich Hill: Maryland's National Register Properties. (Submitted on January 16, 2019.)
 
Additional keywords. John Wilkes Booth Escape Route
Rich Hill exterior image. Click for full size.
By David Lassman, November 15, 2015
3. Rich Hill exterior

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Rich Hill sign image. Click for full size.
By Alvin Brockway
4. Rich Hill sign
Rich Hill Marker2 image. Click for full size.
May 26, 2007
5. Rich Hill Marker2
Civil War Trails Marker is beside the Maryland Historical Society Marker
Rich Hill Farm House image. Click for full size.
May 26, 2007
6. Rich Hill Farm House
 

More. Search the internet for Rich Hill.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2008, by Alvin Brockway of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,079 times since then and 85 times this year. Last updated on January 23, 2019. Photos:   1. submitted on January 16, 2019.   2, 3. submitted on January 16, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland.   4. submitted on January 1, 2008, by Alvin Brockway of Burke, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on January 2, 2008. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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