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Historical Markers in Bel Alton, Maryland

 
Clickable Map of Charles County, Maryland and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Charles County, MD (149) Calvert County, MD (153) Prince George s County, MD (582) St. Mary s County, MD (314) Fairfax County, VA (686) King George County, VA (22) Prince William County, VA (646) Stafford County, VA (202) Westmoreland County, VA (103)  CharlesCounty(149) Charles County (149)  CalvertCounty(153) Calvert County (153)  PrinceGeorge'sCounty(582) Prince George's County (582)  St.Mary'sCounty(314) St. Mary's County (314)  FairfaxCountyVirginia(686) Fairfax County (686)  KingGeorgeCounty(22) King George County (22)  PrinceWilliamCounty(646) Prince William County (646)  StaffordCounty(202) Stafford County (202)  WestmorelandCounty(103) Westmoreland County (103)
La Plata is the county seat for Charles County
Bel Alton is in Charles County
      Charles County (149)  
ADJACENT TO CHARLES COUNTY
      Calvert County (153)  
      Prince George's County (582)  
      St. Mary's County (314)  
      Fairfax County, Virginia (686)  
      King George County, Virginia (22)  
      Prince William County, Virginia (646)  
      Stafford County, Virginia (202)  
      Westmoreland County, Virginia (103)  
 
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1Maryland (Charles County), Bel Alton — Archaeology Provides a Key to the History of Rich Hill
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
2Maryland (Charles County), Bel Alton — John Wilkes Booth
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
3Maryland (Charles County), Bel Alton — John Wilkes Booth and David Herold
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
4Maryland (Charles County), Bel Alton — Pine Thicket"… the instrument of his punishment" — John Wilkes Booth – Escape of an Assassin —
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
5Maryland (Charles County), Bel Alton — Rich Hill
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
6Maryland (Charles County), Bel Alton — Rich HillThe Fugitives Seek Shelter — John Wilkes Booth - Escape of an Assassin —
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
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7Maryland (Charles County), Bel Alton — 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 . . . Map (db m186737) HM
8Maryland (Charles County), Bel Alton — Rich Hill Farm in the 20th CenturyThe Garners, Tenant Farmers of Rich Hill — (1916 - 1920 and 1945 - 1954) —
The Family 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
9Maryland (Charles County), Bel Alton — Rich Hill Historic SiteHistoric Preservation/Public Archaeology
(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 . . . Map (db m129045) HM
10Maryland (Charles County), Bel Alton — Rich Hill Through the Years
) 1666 Hugh Thomas receives a 600 acre patent to "Rich Hill." ) 1666—1714 Beginnings ) 1714—1807 Brown Family Era ) (Image of Dr. Gustavus Brown) ) Scottish immigrant Dr. Gustavus Brown builds the house. 1729 . . . Map (db m129049) HM
 
 
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Sep. 29, 2022