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National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, January 22, 2019
John Wilkes Booth Marker
Maryland (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
Maryland (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
Maryland (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
Maryland (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
Maryland (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
Maryland (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 Bryanstown. . . . — Map (db m129045) HM
Maryland (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
Maryland (Charles County), Benedict — Benedict
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
Maryland (Charles County), Benedict — Camp Stanton
Camp Stanton was established in this area, October, 1863, for the recruiting and training of the Seventh, Ninth, Nineteenth and Thirtieth United States Colored Infantry. — Map (db m4112) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Benedict — Camp StantonTraining Post for USCT
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 m15699) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Benedict — Maxwell Hall
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
Maryland (Charles County), Benedict — On This Farm
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
Maryland (Charles County), Benedict — The British are ComingStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
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
Maryland (Charles County), Bryantown — Boarman's Manor3,333 Acres
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
Maryland (Charles County), Bryantown — Rev. Lawrence Anthony Bender, S.S.
  November 14, 1924 – February 5, 2004 Education. St. Mary’s Elementary, Notre Dame High School, Bryantown, MD 1931–1942 • St. Charles College Seminary, Catonsville, MD 1942–1945 • Bachelor’s Degree, St. Mary’s Seminary, . . . — Map (db m926) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Bryantown — St. Mary’s Church
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
Maryland (Charles County), Bryantown — St. Mary’s Church and CemeteryMudd Meets Booth — John Wilkes Booth – Escape of An Assassin —
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
Maryland (Charles County), Bryantown — Village of BryantownCommercial Center — John Wilkes Booth - Escape of an Assassin —
This building in 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
Maryland (Charles County), Cobb Island — Milestone in Radio History
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
Maryland (Charles County), Cobb Island — Milestone in Radio HistoryDecember 23, 1900
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

Maryland (Charles County), Cobb Island — Milestone in Radio HistoryProfessor Frank Very
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
Maryland (Charles County), Cobb Island — Milestone in Radio HistoryReginald Audrey Fessenden
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
Maryland (Charles County), Glymont — Saint Charles of Cornwallis Neck
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
Maryland (Charles County), Hughesville — Begin Your Adventure
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
Maryland (Charles County), Hughesville — Enemy CampStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812 —
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

Maryland (Charles County), Hughesville — Maxwell HallNational Register of Historic Places — circa 1860 • House built 1768 • Renovations 1833 and 1980 —
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
Maryland (Charles County), Hughesville — Solid GroundStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812 —
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
Maryland (Charles County), Hughesville — Test of a New Nation
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
Maryland (Charles County), Hughesville — War of 1812Benedict—Charles County, MD — Site of the First Foreign Invasion of the United States of America —
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

Maryland (Charles County), Indian Head — Araby
The widow Eilbeck, mentioned in Washington’s diary, lived here. Her daughter, Ann Eilbeck, married Col. George Mason of Gunston Hall, Virginia. Araby built about 1700. — Map (db m128784) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Indian Head — Budds Ferry← One mile
Site of a Union Battery, November, 1861 to March 1862. The movements of Confederate troops across the Potomac River in Virginia were observed from a balloon above this point. — Map (db m19569) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Indian Head — General Joseph Hooker U.S.A.
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
Maryland (Charles County), Indian Head — In Honor and Memory
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

Maryland (Charles County), Indian Head — Navy RailroadHistorical Role in Our Nation’s Defense — Indian Head Rail Trail —
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
Maryland (Charles County), Indian Head — Pomonkey High School
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
Maryland (Charles County), Indian Head — Railroad at Naval Proving Ground — Indian Head Rail Trail —
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
Maryland (Charles County), Indian Head — The Story — Indian Head Rail Trail —
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
Maryland (Charles County), Ironsides — Durham ParishEstablished 1692
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
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — “The Monastery”First Carmel in U. S. — Founded October 15, 1790. —
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
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Chandler's Hope2 miles →
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
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Charles County Korean War Killed in Action Memorial
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. . . . — Map (db m131664) WM
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Charles County Lebanon/Grenada Conflict Killed in Action Memorial
In memory of those Charles Countians who made the supreme sacrifice, in the Lebanon/Grenada Conflict: August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 Robert Dean Stethem — Map (db m131665) WM
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Charles County Vietnam War Killed in Action Memorial
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
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Charles County War on Terror Killed in Action Memorial
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
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Charles County World War I Enlisted Military Memorial
1917 - 1918 This memorial 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
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Charles County World War I Killed in Action Memorial
1917 - 1918 This memorial 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
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Christ Church Episcopal
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
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Courthouse at Moore's Lodge
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
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Friendship House....one of Charles County's Oldest
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 and . . . — Map (db m131659) HM
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — From Creek to the College of Southern Maryland
The structure known as Friendship House was rescued in 1968 from the Nanjemoy Creek site by members of the Historical Society of Charles County. [Captions:] Disassembly of the house was meticulous, with each piece of . . . — Map (db m131658) HM
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Honor Roll
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
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — In Memory of those Charles County Citizens who lost their lives at the Pentagon September 11, 2001
(Seal of Charles County Maryland) Kris Bishundat Angela Houtz Donna Bowen Shelly Marshall Sharon Carver Capt. John Yamnicky (Image of the Pentagon Building) — Map (db m135551) WM
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — La Plata Elementary School
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
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — La Plata Train MuseumTown of La Plata, Maryland
Established 1873 for freight and travelers by the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Relocated to present site - 1999 — Map (db m133751) HM
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Myrtle Grove Game Refuge
800 acres, purchased May 25, 1929, from Walter J. Mitchell, Attorney for Mortgagee; from Hunter's License Fund, for the purpose of propagating game. — Map (db m5937) HM
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Old Durham Church, Episcopal - 1692
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
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Remembrance
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
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Star Memorial Garden
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
Maryland (Charles County), La Plata — Surgeon General Revolutionary Army
Dr. James Craik, friend and family physician of Gen Washington, built this place, La Grange, about 1765 and lived here until his removal to Alexandria, VA., 1783. — Map (db m6734) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Marbury — Christian Temple Manor
1000 acres in Chingamuxon Hundred, Charles County, Maryland patented 1 September 1659 to Thomas Allanson Gent, who was granted by Cecilius, Lord Baltimore, the Sovereignty of a Lordship with privileges of Court Baron and all things belonging . . . — Map (db m98204) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Marbury — Explore your Chesapeake
Welcome to a Chesapeake Bay Gateways, a place that celebrates the natural and cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. Discover here, and at other Gateways, the Chesapeake's proud traditions and precious resources. The Chesapeake . . . — Map (db m129129) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Marbury — General Smallwood's Gravesite
General William Smallwood A hero of the American Revolution and a native of Maryland Commissioned Colonel in 1776 Brigadier General in 1777 Major General in 1780 Elected Governor of Maryland in 1785 Died February 14, 1792 Erected . . . — Map (db m128793) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Marbury — John Smith Explores the ChesapeakeCaptain John Smith Chesapeake National Historical Trail
Captain John Smith explored the Chesapeake Bay in the early 1600s seeking precious metals and a passage to Asia. He traveled the James, Chickahominy, and York rivers in 1607, and led two major expeditions from Jamestown in 1608. Smith and his crew . . . — Map (db m135465) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Marbury — Join the AdventureCaptain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Explore the places Englishman John Smith traveled in the early 1600s. Learn about the thriving American Indian communities he encountered and imagine the bountiful Chesapeake he observed. Experience the natural and cultural richness that exists in . . . — Map (db m135466) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Marbury — Rich ResourcesCaptain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
John Smith and his crew spent a month exploring the Potomac River in 1608, during the first voyage through the region. Smith mapped the town of Pamacocack at the mouth of the Mattawoman Creek.

This powerful creek with its teeming diversity . . . — Map (db m98210) HM

Maryland (Charles County), Marbury — Rum Point1½ miles →
A landing on Mattawoman Creek used from December, 1861 to March, 1862 to unload supplies for a brigade of New Jersey troops encamped nearby. — Map (db m6082) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Marbury — Smallwood's Home
One mile from here lived Gen. Wm. Smallwood, commander of the Maryland troops which saved Washington’s Army at Long Island. Governor of Maryland from 1785 to 1788. Washington visited here in 1786. — Map (db m6081) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Marshall Hall — Marshall Hall
Marshall Hall 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
Maryland (Charles County), Nanjemoy — "Efton Hills"
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
Maryland (Charles County), Nanjemoy — Archeology Reveals OutbuildingsArcheological artifacts suggest the location of outbuildings behind the main house.
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
Maryland (Charles County), Nanjemoy — Bald Eagle
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
Maryland (Charles County), Nanjemoy — Friendship House...one of Charles County's Oldest
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
Maryland (Charles County), Nanjemoy — General Daniel E. Sickles, U.S.A.
Commander of the “Excelsior Brigade”, New York Volunteers, maintained headquarters here October 1861 to March 1862. — Map (db m6230) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Nanjemoy — Life Cycle of a HouseOnly brick remain from a house that was built, expanded, abandoned and dismantled over two centuries
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
Maryland (Charles County), Nanjemoy — Mallows BayWildlife Refuge from WWI Shipwrecks
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
Maryland (Charles County), Nanjemoy — Memories of Douglas PointA lifelong resident recalls the history of this area from the Civil War to ghost stories.
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
Maryland (Charles County), Nanjemoy — Minister's House, Family FarmThese chimneys once stood over a 19th-century farm owned by a minister and his family.
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
Maryland (Charles County), Nanjemoy — Nanjemoy Baptist Church
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
Maryland (Charles County), Nanjemoy — Unique EnvironmentThis area is home to a distinctive ecosystem, a long human history — and a community working to preserve its environment. —
Diverse Habitats 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
Maryland (Charles County), Nanjemoy — Washington's Farm
Two miles southwest Washington owned 600 acres of land bought in 1775 and retained until his death. In 1786 he visited this property accompanied by Gen. Smallwood. — Map (db m6231) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — "Huckleberry"
Home of Confederate Mail Agent, Thomas A. Jones, who helped to shelter, and aided the escape of John Wilkes Booth and David Herold in their flight, April 16th to 21st 1865. — Map (db m129119) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — “Cliffton”
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
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — 300 Year Old Southern Red OakCircumference 15’7” — Height 72' • Spread 98' —
This beautiful tree had been preserved by the Potomac Electric Power Company in cooperation with the Charles County Garden Club — Map (db m10169) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — Cedar Point
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
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — Christ ChurchWilliam and Mary Parish — 1690 —
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
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — Cliffton
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
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — Crossing the PotomacOff into the Darkness — 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. Concealed for several days in a pine thicket two . . . — Map (db m128807) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — Dents MeadowOne mile →
John Wilkes Booth and David Herold set out from here for the Virginia shore during the night of April 21, 1865, in a boat supplied by Thomas A. Jones. — Map (db m128809) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — Discover Southern Maryland’s Amazing Stories of Exploration, Hope, and Courage
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
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — Explore your Cheaspeake
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
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — In Memory of Robert Crain1865-1928
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, . . . — Map (db m129118) HM

Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — John Wilkes BoothEscape of an Assassin — War on the Chesapeake Bay —
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 families . . . — Map (db m24540) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — Keechland
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
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — Potomac DiversionStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812. —
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
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — Southern Charles County MemorialPost 10081 — Veterans of Foreign Wars —
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
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — Ways to Explore Southern Maryland’s Scenic and Historic Routes
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
Maryland (Charles County), Newburg — Wolleston Manor(2000 acres with Court Leet and Court Baron) Patented in 1642 to Captain James Neale
(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
Maryland (Charles County), Pomfret — Church of St. JosephEstablished in 1783 by Father Joseph Hunter, S. J. — Maurice McDonough —
The eighteenth century merchant who died in 1804 is buried here. He willed his modest wealth to establish free schools for the education of poor children in this section of Charles County where he worked as a peddler and storekeeper for many years. . . . — Map (db m6234) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — "Brentland"2.6 miles →
Birthplace of Acting Brigadier General Joseph Lancaster Brent, C.S.A. (1826-1909). He served in the Trans-Mississippi Department during the Civil War and took part in the siege of Vicksburg. — Map (db m7216) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Chapel Point Park
Site of county recreational facilities from the early 1900s to 1962, at the confluence of the Potomac and Port Tobacco Rivers. Originally a resort for St. Thomas Manor, steamboats brought passengers from Washington DC for the day. Opened to the . . . — Map (db m40335) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer
Born 1723 on "Coates Retirement" Plantation. Held the office of Charles County Justice, 1749-1764. Appointed 1760 to commission on Pennsylvania and Delaware boundary dispute, resulting in the Mason-Dixon boundary settlement. Moved to Annapolis by . . . — Map (db m128614) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Discover Southern Maryland’s Amazing Stories of Exploration, Hope, and Courage
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 . . . — Map (db m120538) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Discover Thomas Stone National Historic SiteMore Than History...
This park is dedicated to Thomas Stone, one of the four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence and is a great place to learn more about our nation's history. It's also a great place to learn more about nature or just hang with friends . . . — Map (db m120509) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — John Hanson
John Hanson 1715 - 1785 President of the United States In Congress Assembled 1781 - 1782 was born at Mulberry Grove April 14, 1715 Erected by the VASA Order of America. — Map (db m94218) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — John Wilkes BoothEscape of an Assassin — War on the Chesapeake Bay —
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 families . . . — Map (db m1104) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Mulberry GroveBirthplace of John Hanson — April 14, 1715 —
President of the United States in Congress Assembled 1781-1782 Died Oxon Hill, Maryland November 22, 1783 — Map (db m4076) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Mulberry GroveBirthplace of John Hanson
President of the United States in Congress Assembled 1781–1782. Died, Oxon Hill, Maryland, November 22, 1783 — Map (db m128818) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — On to YorktownWashington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail — Road to Victory —
Upon arrival of French forces in Newport, Rhode Island in July 1780, Baron Ludwig von Closen, a captain in the Royal Deux-Ponts Regiment, was selected by General Rochambeau as one of his aides-de-camp. Closen accompanied Rochambeau on most of his . . . — Map (db m62756) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Port Tobacco
The Indian village of Potobac, visited in 1608 by Capt. John Smith, occupied this site. County Seat of Charles County, 1658 - 1895. Washington visited here frequently. Site of St. Columba Lodge No. 11 A. F.& A. M., chartered April 18, 1793. — Map (db m128824) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Port Tobacco
In this center of Confederate activity, at the Brawner Hotel, Detective Captain William Williams unsuccessfully offered Thomas Jones $100,000 reward for information that would lead to the capture of John Wilkes Booth. — Map (db m128825) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Port TobaccoConspiracy & the Plot to Assassinate President Lincoln
Port Tobacco was the home and place of business of George Atzerodt. Although he failed to murder Vice President Andrew Johnson, he was convicted and executed for his role in the plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Part of . . . — Map (db m128954) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Port Tobacco Commerce
During the 17th century, local Indians often traded corn and deerskins to colonists for knives, steel needles, kettles, cloth, and beads. By the early 18th century, while most colonists dispersed across the countryside to farm the land, a . . . — Map (db m128936) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Port Tobacco Jail
You are standing near the site of the last jail associated with the County Courthouse at Port Tobacco. The jail was built in 1860 and was demolished in 1906. Imagine a two-story brick building with a slate roof. Each floor had two cells or rooms . . . — Map (db m128924) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Rise from the Ashes
Above the icy waters of Port Tobacco Creek, flames swept through the halls of Saint Thomas Manor Complex. The chimney fire of December 1866 gutted the complex, leaving a skeleton of smoldering brick walls. But local Jesuit churches and schools . . . — Map (db m129126) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Rose Hill
Home of Miss Olivia Floyd, Confederate agent, and her brother Robert Semmes Floyd, C.S.A. killed in action. Both are buried in St. Ignatius Church Yard two miles south. — Map (db m39523) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Rose Hill
Home of Dr. Gustavus Richard Brown who lies buried here. He was a close friend of George Washington and was one of the physicians in attendance at his death. — Map (db m128826) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Saint Thomas Manor
4000 acres in Portobacco Hundred surveyed 25 October 1649 for Thomas Matthews, Esq., “to have hold use and enjoy within the said mannor a court leet and court baron with all to the said courts or either of them belonging by the law or custome . . . — Map (db m1196) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — St. Columba Masonic Lodge
Circa 1770 Original site of St. Columba Masonic Lodge AF & AM — Map (db m24542) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — St. Ignatius Catholic ChurchSt. Thomas Manor — Chapel Point, Maryland —
Dating from 1662 the oldest continuously active parish in the United States. Founded 1641 by Father Andrew White, S.J., who named Chapel Point. Present church built 1798. St. Thomas Manor has been a Jesuit residence since its erection in 1741. — Map (db m128828) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — The Retreat
Daniel St. Thomas Jenifer’s home. First President of the Maryland Senate 1777-81. Close friend of George Washington who visited here June 3rd, 1763. — Map (db m1235) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — The Tension of Liberty
A working farm provided a refuge for religion at the cost of freedom for enslaved laborers. The history of Saint Ignatius Church reaches back to the English colony of Maryland. Lord Baltimore, the colony's founder, recruited Jesuit priests to . . . — Map (db m129121) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Thomas StoneBorn 1744-Died 1787
Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Member of Congress 1775-1784. One time its presiding officer. He lies buried at his home “Haber de Venture” one mile south. — Map (db m1002) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Thomas Stone1743 - 1787
Signer of the Declaration of Independence Member of Congress Placed by the Maryland State Society Daughters of the American Revolution July 4, 1978 — Map (db m94358) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Ways to Explore Southern Maryland’s Scenic and Historic Routes
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. . . . — Map (db m120541) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — Ways to Explore Southern Maryland’s Scenic and Historic Routes
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. . . . — Map (db m135485) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco Village — Saint Ignatius' ChurchSaint Thomas' Manor
The Manor Land was acquired in 1649, under Lord Baltimore's "Conditions of Plantation." The Chapel was built probably in 1662, the manor house in 1741. Bishop Carroll laid the cornerstone of the present church in 1798. Here occurred in 1805 the viva . . . — Map (db m70788) HM
Maryland (Charles County), St. Charles — Dr. Samuel A. MuddTreating an Assassin — John Wilkes Booth – Escape of An Assassin —
This house was the home of Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd and his wife, Sarah Frances Dyer. Early on the morning of April 15, 1865, John Wilkes Booth arrived here with a companion, David E. Herold, and asked Mudd to set Booth’s broken leg. Afterward, as . . . — Map (db m921) HM
Maryland (Charles County), St. Charles — Home of Dr. Samuel Mudd(1833–1883)
John Wilkes Booth rested here for several hours on April 15, 1865, after receiving treatment for his broken leg. — Map (db m920) HM
Maryland (Charles County), St. Charles — John Wilkes BoothEscape of an Assassin — War on the Chesapeake Bay —
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 families . . . — Map (db m922) HM
Maryland (Charles County), St. Charles — New Hope Church of God Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women who served their country in times of war and peace All gave some Some gave all [Reverse:] A special thanks to the families that gave support and served their God during times of war and . . . — Map (db m133752) WM
Maryland (Charles County), Waldorf — "Eutaw"
Home of Captain William Fendlay Dement. 1st Maryland Artillery, C.S.A. He served with distinction at Seven Pines, Second Manassas, Cedar Run, Harper's Ferry, Gettysburg, Appomattox, and Sharpsburg. Buried at Pomfret. — Map (db m39521) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Waldorf — Dr. Mudd's House
Dr. Mudd set the broken leg of Wilkes Booth who escaped from Washington after Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865. Dr. Mudd was tried and imprisoned on Dry Tortugas Island. — Map (db m8932) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Waldorf — Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House
Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House circa 1830 placed on the National Register of Historic Places — Map (db m92707) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Waldorf — John Thomas Parran, Jr
This Stadium is Dedicated in Memory of John Thomas Parran, Jr. 1926—2006 Athlete, Legislator, Statesman, Mentor, and Friend Citizen of Charles County and Southern Maryalnd Pitcher for the Indian Head Indians Charles—St. . . . — Map (db m129877) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Waldorf — Mattawoman RunCharles and Prince George's Counties
Named for the Mattawoman Indians who had a fort and town in this locality. In 1670 Governor Charles Calvert presented to their king, maquata, a medal with the likeness of his father, Cecilius, second Lord Baltimore, on one side and a map of Maryland . . . — Map (db m24543) HM
Maryland (Charles County), White Plains — Navy RailroadHistorical Role in our Nation’s Defense — Indian Head Rail Trail —
The Naval Base, 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 Proving Ground played . . . — Map (db m98544) HM

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