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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Charles County, Maryland
La Plata is the county seat for Charles County
Adjacent to Charles County, Maryland
Calvert County(153) ► Prince George's County(636) ► St. Mary's County(297) ► Fairfax County, Virginia(708) ► King George County, Virginia(22) ► Prince William County, Virginia(658) ► Stafford County, Virginia(208) ► Westmoreland County, Virginia(103) ►
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Piscataway Park lies on the Maryland side of the Potomac River about 20 miles south of Washington, DC, . . . — — Map (db m154695) HM
Rich Hill was the home of wealthy landowners, enslaved African Americans and tenant farmers. From the early 18th century through the 20th century, the land was used to produce tobacco, corn and dairy products and to raise sheep, pigs, chickens, . . . — — Map (db m186734) HM
John Wilkes Booth and his accomplice Harold hid in a thick woods on Samuel Cox's farm. (One mile north →) for several days before escaping to Virginia after Lincoln's assassination April 14, 1865. — — Map (db m129023) HM
John Wilkes Booth and David Herold remained hidden from April 16 to 21, 1865 in a nearby pine thicket, while Union troops searched for them. Thomas A. Jones brought them food and the newspapers. — — Map (db m39524) HM
After assassinating President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth and his accomplice, David A. Herold, fled Washington for Southern Maryland, a hotbed of Confederate sympathizers. After leaving the home of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd near . . . — — Map (db m39528) HM
Mid-18th century farm house (with alterations after 1800) was home of Col. Samuel Cox. This southern sympathizer fed and sheltered fugitives John Wilkes Booth and David E. Herold before dawn on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865 following Booth's . . . — — Map (db m4458) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m129036) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m186737) HM
Thomas Adrian Garner, his wife Rosebelle, and their children lived on Rich Hill as tenant farmers during parts of the 20th century. Their yearly rent was paid with tobacco the family farmed on the property. . . . — — Map (db m186735) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m129045) HM
Hugh Thomas receives a 600 acre patent to "Rich Hill." )
Brown Family Era )
(Image of Dr. Gustavus Brown) )
Scottish immigrant Dr. Gustavus Brown builds the house.
1729 . . . — — Map (db m129049) HM
A forest of masts topped the waters off Benedict August 19-30, 1814. The British anchored ships here during their invasion of Washington, D.C. On August 20, about three miles away at Aquasco Mills, Secretary of State James Monroe watched with . . . — — Map (db m195732) HM
Benedict. Founded in 1683 as Benedict-Leonardtown. Here a vessel was constructed for Geo. Washington in 1760. In August, 1814, British troops under Gen. Ross landed near here for their march on the City of Washington. — — Map (db m28315) HM
Nearby stood Camp Stanton, a Civil War-era recruiting and training post for African American Union soldiers. Named for Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, the camp was established in August 1863. Although black soldiers had served in the nation’s armed . . . — — Map (db m195735) HM
Imagine the now-quiet fields south of Rt. 231 full of activity that signified a revolutionary shift in American society. Shouted commands and gunfire filled the air as Black men, some formerly enslaved, learned to march and fire their weapons as . . . — — Map (db m214802) HM
Built circa 1768 by merchant and tobacco farmer George Maxwell, Maxwell Hall features massive twin chimneys and foundation stones of English chert. Local tradition holds that in the War of 1812, the British invasion force took possession of Maxwell . . . — — Map (db m28317) HM
Although you see a modern agricultural landscape, the land once known as "Dorsey Farm" and now Serenity Farm, has a history including Native American settlements, tobacco plantations, and military encampments.
Since 10,000 B.C.
Native Americans . . . — — Map (db m137561) HM
Residents along the Patuxent watched nervously as wave after wave of British warships approached the tiny town of Benedict. For months enemy raiders had terrorized Southern Maryland. Benedict felt their sting twice in June 1814. Now, August 19-20, . . . — — Map (db m68046) HM
Granted, 1674, to William Boarman Esq. with royal courts, perquisites, profits of courts and other privileges and immunities belonging to manors in England. By proprietary patent Lord Baltimore granted the prerogatives of Court Baron and all things . . . — — Map (db m24214) HM
In 1700 a frame chapel ministered by Jesuit missionaries was attached to the home of Major William Boardman. Father David erected a church in 1793. Under Father Courtney in 1845 a new brick church was begun which is the middle section of the present . . . — — Map (db m925) HM
On November 13, 1864, here at St. Mary’s Catholic
Church, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was introduced to John
Wilkes Booth, the future assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. Booth had come to Charles County to
contact the Confederate underground here and . . . — — Map (db m924) HM
This building is the Bryantown Tavern, constructed about 1815. On April 15, 1865, the morning after President Lincoln’s assassination, Lt. David D. Dana made it his headquarters while pursuing John Wilkes Booth, the assassin, with a detachment of . . . — — Map (db m4500) HM
This building is the Bryantown Tavern, constructed about 1815. On April 15, 1865, the morning after President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, Lt. David D. Dana made it his headquarters while pursuing John Wilkes Booth, the assassin, with a . . . — — Map (db m181678) HM
Here on Cobb Island, in December 1900, Reginald Aubrey Fessenden, assisted by Frank W. Very, while experimenting in wireless telephony, for the first time sent and received intelligible speech by electromagnetic waves between two masts 50 feet high . . . — — Map (db m81199) HM
On December 23, 1900, Reginald Fessenden made the first wireless transmission of human speech; that memorable event took place right here on Cobb Island, Maryland.
While Marconi is credited with the invention of the wireless telegraph, it was . . . — — Map (db m129054) HM
On December 23, 1900, Reginald Fessenden made the first wireless transmission of human speech between two sets of 50-foot masts erected along the shore of Cobb Island. The message ("Hello. One, two, three, four. Is it snowing where you are Mr. . . . — — Map (db m129090) HM
On December 23, 1900, Reginald Fessenden made the first wireless transmission of human speech between two sets of 50-foot masts erected along the shore of Cobb Island. The above message was immediately received by his assistant Alfred Thiessen. . . . — — Map (db m129091) HM
This is the site of Saint Charles Roman Catholic Church. The parish began as a “Station Chapel” in the nearby home of the Charles Pye Family. Priests from St. Thomas Manor House in Port Tobacco came by on horseback to minister to the . . . — — Map (db m6738) HM
Discover the War of 1812 on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail—a path tracing the troop movements through historic places, inspiring landscapes, charming waterfront towns, and waterways of the Chesapeake region.
The trail . . . — — Map (db m128753) HM
More than 4,000 British troops camped in this valley and surrounding hills August 19, 1814. Leaving their ships anchored at Benedict, they headed north on August 20.
Over the next ten days they marched through grueling heat and storms, defeated . . . — — Map (db m81190) WM
George Maxwell and Maxwell's Seat
George Maxwell, a Scottish immigrant, was present in Charles County, MD by 1745. He was a successful Chesapeake merchant with many business ventures and partnerships. Maxwell's Seat was purchased from Charles . . . — — Map (db m128738) HM
More than 4,000 British troops camped here August 20, 1814, awaiting orders. After sailing from Bermuda in cramped quarters, they appreciated being on firm ground. One noted they were “made happy by the very feeling of the green sod under . . . — — Map (db m81188) HM
In 1812, the United States of America was less than 30 years old, and only one generation had been raised to adulthood under the American flag. Many people still personally remembered the daring and exhausting fight to win independence from . . . — — Map (db m128731) HM
War of 1812
Great Britain had been at war with France since 1793 and imposed several trade restrictions that the newly formed United States of America found unbearable.
On June 18, 1812, the United States of America declared War on Great . . . — — Map (db m128748) HM
Maintained headquarters here at Chicamuxen Methodist Church from October, 1861, to March, 1862, when over 12,000 Union troops were camped along the Potomac River in Charles County. — — Map (db m14774) HM
In Honor and Memory of our Charles County veterans who sacrificed their lives due to enemy action to preserve freedom and peace.
(List of names in column #1)
Allen Alvey, Robert Austin, Francis H. Barnes, Benjamin Baum, Vernon Billingsley, . . . — — Map (db m128959) WM
The Naval Base, [then] known as “The Naval Proving Ground”, was established in the town of Indian Head in 1890. Its main purpose was to test guns, powder, fuses and other naval ordnances as well as producing smokeless powder. The Naval . . . — — Map (db m70905) HM
Charles County's first "Black" public high school was established on this site in 1922. The land was deeded by the Joshua Lodge No. 65, Independent Order of Good Samaritans. A two story frame building was erected which housed elementary and high . . . — — Map (db m131657) HM
The Indian Head White Plains Railroad, which became the current rail trail, connected to an internal railroad system at the Indian Head Naval Proving Ground. The existing railroad system at Indian Head reflects four periods: of development: Naval . . . — — Map (db m98545) HM
Who would ever have imagined that a railroad track, once built with a focus on war, would one day be the source of such peace…
The Indian Head – White Plains Railroad was built during World War I in an effort to meet increased . . . — — Map (db m98546) HM
One of the original thirty parishes established by an act of the General Assembly of Maryland on June the 2nd 1692. A log church was first erected on this site as reported by the vestry to the Governor in 1694. Existing church was constructed in . . . — — Map (db m128786) HM
First Carmel in U.S. Founded October 15, 1790, by four Carmelites from Belgium three of them natives of Maryland. Nuns moved to Baltimore Sept. 13, 1831. The restorers of Mt. Carmel in Md Recoverd site March 27, 1935. Restored buildings 1937. — — Map (db m6228) HM
Job Chandler, first Charles County settler, built the oldest part of this house, 1639-1650, aided by the Potopaco Indians. Later it was the birthplace of Archbishop Leonard Neale, one of six brothers, all Catholic priests, and one sister, a nun. . . . — — Map (db m6741) HM
Parish church of Port Tobacco Parish, one of the 30 Church of England parishes established, 1692, by act of the provincial assembly, supported by a yearly poll tax of 40 pounds of tobacco. In 1904 the edifice was moved stone by stone from Port . . . — — Map (db m1073) HM
Charles County was created by the Maryland General Assembly in 1658. In 1674 the first Charles County Courthouse was built near here. In the area known as Moore's Lodge, a prison, ordinary (tavern), and race track also were located there. In 1727 . . . — — Map (db m81196) HM
Friendship House was built in the mid 1700s on a site overlooking Nanjemoy Creek in western Charles County by a member of the Dent family. The "Friendship" Dents were actively involved in their community, serving in prominent positions in county . . . — — Map (db m131659) HM
The structure known as Friendship House was rescued in 1968 from the Nanjemoy Creek site by members of the Historical Society of Charles County.
Disassembly of the house was meticulous, with each piece of . . . — — Map (db m131658) HM
In memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice
Alvin Alvey •
Robert L. Austin •
Francis H. Barnes •
Benjamin G. Baum •
Sylvester C. Bell, Jr. •
Vernon E. Billingsley •
Joseph T. Bolger •
Rolla R. Bowen •
Francis J. . . . — — Map (db m131668) WM
In memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice
To those from Charles County who died in the Korean Conflict June 25, 1950 - July 27, 1953
Alexander A. Blackhall •
Purcell Gardiner, Jr. •
James A. Kearny •
George W. Oliver • . . . — — Map (db m131664) WM
Destroyed by a tornado on November 9, 1926. Thirteen pupils and four townspeople lost their lives and approximately thirty-five were injured. The school stood 433 feet northwest of this site on a rise in a residential area near the junction of . . . — — Map (db m128785) HM
11.8 miles West near Ironsides, MD. Oldest church in Charles County. Served by thirty rectors through 257 years. Present building erected 1732. Visited by George Washington 1771. Restored by Governor Smallwood 1791. — — Map (db m36840) HM
This monument is dedicated to all the men and women who have honorably served in the armed services of the United States during conflict and in peace.
Dedicated November 11, 1991
La Plata, Maryland
(Small marker at base.)
To the Amvets . . . — — Map (db m129122) WM
In Memory of those Charles County Citizens who lost their lives at the Pentagon September 11, 2001
Kris Bishundat •
Angela Houtz •
Donna Bowen •
Shelly Marshall •
Sharon Carver •
Capt. John Yamnicky — — Map (db m135551) WM
The La Plata Community Garden Club dedicates this garden to all those who restored and rebuilt our town following the devastating tornado on April 28, 2002.
The granite star in the center of the courtyard commemorates the star which stood on . . . — — Map (db m135552) HM
In memory of those Charles Countians
who made the supreme sacrifice,
in the Vietnam Conflict:
February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975
William Albert Andrews •
Ronald Baker •
David Bicknell Bowling •
Joseph Kenneth Carroll • . . . — — Map (db m131666) WM
In memory of those Charles Countians who made the supreme sacrifice, against the War on Terror:
IT2 Kris Romeo Bishundat Sept. 2001 •
Private Michael V. Bailey Oct. 2004 •
Chief Michael Koch Feb 2008 •
Lance Corp. Terry Honeycutt . . . — — Map (db m131667) WM
1917 - 1918
is erected by a grateful people
to those who enlisted
from Charles County, Maryland,
in the World War.
May the valor of the men and women who then so loyally served their country, ever stand as a . . . — — Map (db m131661) WM
1917 - 1918
is erected by a grateful people
to those who enlisted
from Charles County, Maryland,
in the World War.
★ These made the supreme sacrifice ★
Capt. Joseph Dent Hungerford ★ . . . — — Map (db m131662) WM
Built by Wm. Marshall in 1690 on land obtained from the Piscataway Indians. Maryland landing of Posey ferry used by Washington. Mt. Vernon in sight from river shore. — — Map (db m128798) HM
Birthplace of Admiral Raphael Semmes C.S.N. Appointed a midshipman U.S.N., 1826. He served in the Mexican War with distinction. Joining the Confederate Navy, 1861. He commanded the noted Confederate raider the "Alabama." — — Map (db m129255) HM
Documents and Artifacts
In the 19th century, outbuildings would have stood before you, behind the main house to your left. An old well, which provided water for the house, is located in the distance.
Historical archeologists use both . . . — — Map (db m129137) HM
Following a dramatic decline caused by pesticides, our national bird, the bald eagle, has made a tremendous return in the region. In fact, Charles County has the second largest population of nesting eagle pairs in the State of Maryland. . . . — — Map (db m129282) HM
Friendship House was built in the mid 1700s on a site overlooking Nanjemoy Creek in western Charles County by a member of the Dent family. The "Friendship" Dents were actively involved in their community, serving in prominent positions in . . . — — Map (db m129308) HM
Expanding the House
The bricks straight ahead are the foundation of a two-story addition to the house. This expansion was completed in the mid-19th century while the Reverend William Chiles owned the property. Porches were added to the front . . . — — Map (db m129144) HM
Nearly 90 wooden skeletons of World War I cargo ships, discarded by the U.S. Shipping Board, sold for salvage, and then burned to their waterlines now host an amazing array of fishes, wildlflowers, painted turtles, bald eagles, river otters, and . . . — — Map (db m129251) HM
Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 18 square miles of waters and submerged lands within the tidal Potomac River, in Maryland state waters. The sanctuary protects nationally-significant maritime cultural heritage . . . — — Map (db m154681) HM
Farming and Fishing
Calvert Posey was born in this area in 1924 and has lived here his entire life. Growing up here and trained as a biologist, Posey understands both the history and ecology of the region.
According to stories told by . . . — — Map (db m129162) HM
Open Fields and a Wooden House
These chimneys remain from a house, called Mount Pleasant, which was built in 1798. Though trees now cover the land, in the 18th and 19th-centuries, active farms covered this area. Facing this direction, a . . . — — Map (db m129206) HM
Organized in 1793
United with the Maryland Baptist Union Association (Now Baptist Convention of Maryland) in 1837
"In 1790 four men from Virginia crossed the Potomac River and started preaching the Gospel in Nanjemoy the Sanctuary which . . . — — Map (db m135469) HM
1. Launch Point
A boat ramp is located within Mallows Bay Park for small craft (shallow water) access to the Potomac River. It is open from 5:30 AM to dusk year-round.
the only steel-hulled vessel in the . . . — — Map (db m154685) HM
Groundwater seeps from the hillside here at Douglas Point, creating wetlands called "spring seeps." These boggy areas contain a distinct set of plant species, including bayberries, orchids, fringe trees and magnolias. Other . . . — — Map (db m129207) HM
On this location Maj. R. G. Watson and his daughter Mary, both Confederate agents, lived and carried on a direct mail and slave route between the North and the South during the entire Civil War. Because of the unobstructed view from these cliffs, . . . — — Map (db m5938) HM
February, 1766, Washington's schooner ran aground off this point. From his diary of August 25th, 1768, "Hauling seine upon the bar off Cedar Point for sheepshead but catched none." — — Map (db m116346) HM
Known originally as Piccawaxen, the parish was re-named William and Mary under the Establishment Act of 1692.
Christ Church, in existence in 1690, enlarged in 1750, is otherwise unchanged except for post civil war repairs.
The boyhood . . . — — Map (db m128806) HM
The home of Major Roderick G. Watson is two miles north of this marker. At the start of the Civil War many persons crossed the Potomac River to Virginia in this area. From 1862 to the end of the war, Thomas A. Jones served as a Confederate agent . . . — — Map (db m3827) HM
After assassinating President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth and his accomplice, David A. Herold, fled Washington for Southern Maryland, a hotbed of Confederate sympathizers. Concealed for several days in a pine thicket two . . . — — Map (db m128807) HM
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
“Passing along the coast, searching every inlet, and bay, fit for harbours and habitations…”
Captain Johns Smith, describing his explorations of the Chesapeake region in 1608. . . . — — Map (db m129116) HM
Welcome to the Chesapeake region, a place that celebrates the natural and cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. Discover our proud traditions and precious resources at Chesapeake Bay Gateways.
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways . . . — — Map (db m129114) HM
It was the wisdom and farsighted vision of Robert Crain, with his public spirit and progressive purpose, that resulted in the building of the first highway connecting southern Maryland to the rest of the state.
With energy, enthusiasm, diplomacy, . . . — — Map (db m129118) HM
Divided loyalties and ironies tore at Marylander’s hearts throughout the Civil War: enslaved African-Americans and free United States Colored Troops; spies and smugglers; civilians imprisoned without trial to protect freedom; neighbors and . . . — — Map (db m24540) HM
Divided loyalties and ironies tore at Marylanders' hearts throughout the Civil War: enslaved African Americans and free United States Colored Troops; spies and smugglers; civilians imprisoned without trial to protect freedom; neighbors and . . . — — Map (db m186732) HM
Part of large tract reserved as public land by Cecilius Calvert, Lord Baltimore. Warrant issued 1667 to John Harrison for 600 acres of which 250 assigned to Thomas and Andrew Baker, called Harrison's gift. Colonel William Dent purchased in 1692. . . . — — Map (db m81195) HM
Near present bridge was Laidler's Landing, which George Lee deeded to John Laidler in 1760. On main route to Fredericksburg and Williamsburg, it was also called Ledler's and Laidlaw's in George Washington's diary. To the south is Cedar Point, where . . . — — Map (db m176425) HM
British vessels labored through Kettle Bottom Shoals near here in August 1814 during a diversionary expedition up the Potomac. When Americans destroyed Fort Washington (also called Fort Warburton) without firing a shot, the British proceeded . . . — — Map (db m97034) WM
Dedicated to the veterans of Charles County who served their country so nobly and honorably on foreign soil, on the seas, and in the air against enemy action. May those men and women be remembered always for their contribution toward the . . . — — Map (db m133750) WM
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
This unique trail is designed for you to experience by boat. It is America’s first waterway national historic trail and includes more than 3,000 miles explored by Captain John Smith.
The . . . — — Map (db m129104) HM
(2000 acres with Court Leet and
Court Baron) Petented to
Captain James Neale
Member of the Council and Commissioner of his Lordship's Treasury 1643. House built 1661. (Since destroyed). — — Map (db m24541) HM
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