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

Rich Hill Historic Site

Historic Preservation/Public Archaeology

 
 
Rich Hill Historic Site Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, November 15, 2015
1. Rich Hill Historic Site Marker
Inscription.  (Right Banner)
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 Bryanstown. 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.

(Maryland Civil War Trails Logo)
Rich Hill was recently acquired by the Charles County Commissioners. Historians and archaeologists are now working to learn more about the historic farm and it's residents, and to discover Rich Hill's earlier colonial past. Restoration efforts will begin in 2016 with funding in part from the State of Maryland.

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Rich Hill Historic Site Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, November 15, 2015
2. Rich Hill Historic Site Marker
#1: Poster offering reward to John Wilkes Booth)

(Image #2: Rich Hill exterior)
This photo take by Osborn Oldroyd in 1901. Oldroyd was an early chronicler of the Lincoln assassination.

(Left Banner)
Rich Hill Historic Site

Historic Preservation/Public Archaeology

Special Thanks to Our Partners:
Historic Society of Charles County
Charles County Archaeological Society of Maryland
Joseph F. Vallario, Jr. & Family
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Charles County Government P.O. Box 2150 200 Baltimore St. La Plata, MD 20646 MD Relay: 711 Relay TDD: 1-800-735-2258 Equal Opportunity County
 
Erected 2015.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 28.283′ N, 76° 57.9′ W. Marker is in Bel Alton, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker can be reached from Rich Hill Farm Road 0.1 miles north of Bel Alton Newtown Rd. Touch for map. Marker is in the form on two banners, which are mounted on the side of the house. 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Rich Hill Through the Years (within shouting distance of this marker);

Rich Hill Historic Site Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, November 15, 2015
3. Rich Hill Historic Site Marker
a different marker also named Rich Hill (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Wilkes Booth and David Herold (approx. 1.3 miles away); Pine Thicket (approx. 1.3 miles away); John Wilkes Booth (approx. 1.4 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.
 
Also see . . .
1. 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 23, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland.) 

2. Rich Hill: Maryland's National Register Properties. (Submitted on January 23, 2019.)
3. Booth's Escape Byway. (Submitted on January 23, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland.)
4. Rich Hill, Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. (Submitted on January 23, 2019.)
5. Bel Alton Historic District, Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. (Submitted on January 23, 2019.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Rich Hill exterior image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, November 15, 2015
4. Rich Hill exterior
Rich Hill exterior image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, November 15, 2015
5. Rich Hill exterior
Rich Hill interior image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, November 15, 2015
6. Rich Hill interior
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2019. This page has been viewed 104 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 23, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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