When John Wilkes Booth and David Herold arrived at Samuel Cox’s home of Rich Hill on April 16, 1865, they likely had no idea of the prior history of the house. In my recent post for the Friends of Rich Hill blog, I recount one of the Colonial residents of Rich Hill and her relationship with one of our nation’s Founding Fathers. I hope you enjoy it and that you will begin following the Friends of Rich Hill blog as well.
Today I visited the Thomas Stone National Historic Site in Port Tobacco, Maryland. Owned by the National Park Service, the site contains the home and final resting place of Thomas Stone, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Stone, signer of the Declaration of Independence from Maryland
Stone’s beautiful home, Haberdeventure, is surrounded by a few hundred acres of land with wonderful hiking trails and period outbuildings. The Park Rangers at Thomas Stone National Historic Site are well versed in Revolutionary War history and give fascinating tours of the house.
Thomas Stone was not the only occupant of this historic home. In fact, its other long-term resident is what connects Haberdeventure to Rich Hill, which is located less than ten miles away to the southwest. Haberdeventure was also the home of Thomas Stone’s wife, Margaret, who was born and raised at Rich Hill.
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Wonderful post, Dave – and wonderful site for Rich Hill….a lot of times I’m so inundated with Civil War/Victorian era history that I forget our rich Colonial/18th Century/Revolutionary War history! It is indeed good to know all aspects of our ancestors and country’s history!