Charles County, Maryland

Port Tobacco Historic Village - First Friday Weekend Series

Port Tobacco Historic Village - First Friday Weekend Series

Saturday, November 4, 2017

John Hanson Day

Location: Port Tobacco Historic Village – Historic Stagg Hall, 8450 Commerce St, Port Tobacco

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Did you know that George Washington was not the first president? Come learn about this little know man from Port Tobacco who was President under the Articles of Confederation.

Author John J. Cummings will speak inside the Courthouse on Saturday at 11 a.m. “First President John Hanson”

Settled in 1634, Port Tobacco was once Maryland's second largest seaport and was listed on early world maps. The town served as the seat of Charles County from 1727-1895, but its history extends from the prehistoric Native American inhabitants of Potopaco to the current residents of the town. The story of Port Tobacco is fascinating! It includes Native Americans, missionaries, colonists, revolutionaries, assassins, spies, slaves, merchants, farmers, an arsonist, and everyone in between! Visit us and explore this historic village, and learn more about the facts and legends of Historic Port Tobacco Village, including one of Maryland’s oldest ghost stories, The Legend of the Blue Dog. You may explore on your own, or take one of our Guided Tours with our knowledgeable staff.  The guided walking tours include the Port Tobacco Courthouse, Stagg Hall, and Burch House.  Bring the whole family for a step back into time as you learn more about the history of this quaint village overlooking the picturesque Port Tobacco River.  For more information, call during normal operating hours, 301-392-3418, e-mail historicdistrict@charlescountyMD.gov, or visit www.charlescountymd.gov.  Nearby is the Thomas Stone National Historic Site, which tells the unique stories of Charles County's Thomas Stone, who was one of four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence.

For more information about guided tours and special events, call 301-392-3418 during normal operating hours.