Bel Alton in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Rich Hill Farm in the 19th Century: Samuel Cox and his Award-Winning Farm
Rich Hill Farm
In 1838, at the age of 18, Samuel Cox embarked on a farming career which lasted for about thirty-seven years. Following the death of his father, Hugh Cox, in 1849 he inherited the 400-acre farm at Rich Hill.
Both he and his wife recevied numerous accolates in a variety of categories each year from the Agricultural Exhibition, the forerunner of the Charles County Fair. These accolades show the extend of Rich HIll's farming activities.
In 1848, he was elected to the executive committee of the Charles County Agricultural Society. From 1853 to 1860 he served as a vice-president of the society. As a result, his agricultural expertise incrased, his awards multiplied, and Rich Hill prospered.
Best Brood Sow
Best Jack Best Brood Mare Best Buck Sheep
Best 3-year Colt-Grey Medock Best pair of Carriage Horses Best pair of Draft Horses Best 2-year old Mule Colt Best Sow Best Sow and Pigs Best Pork Hog Best acre of corn yielding 18 pounds
Best sow Best Port Hog Best pair
Erected by the County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland and the Friends of Rich Hill.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Animals • Horticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1838.
Location. 38° 28.288′ N, 76° 57.941′ W. Marker is in Bel Alton, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is on Bel Alton Newtown Road just east of Rich Hill Farm Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9135 Bel Alton Newtown Rd, Bel Alton MD 20611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Archaeology Provides a Key to the History of Rich Hill (here, next to this marker); Rich Hill Farm in the 20th Century (here, next to this marker); Rich Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Rich Hill Through the Years (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Rich Hill (about 400 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bel Alton.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.