Charles County, Maryland

Port Tobacco Historic Village - First Friday Weekend Series

Port Tobacco Historic Village - First Friday Weekend Series

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Location: Port Tobacco Historic Village grounds, 8450 Commerce St. Port Tobacco

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

Cost: Free

Canceled due to weather forecast...Come out to celebrate our Nation’s Independence! Interact with interpreters who discuss what life was like for a soldier during the Revolutionary war, and listen to some little known stories about our famous Declaration of Independence.

Special Feature: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

Did you know that someone from Port Tobacco played a key role in saving America's most precious documents from the British in the War of 1812? Come learn about the little known Josias Wilson King, who not only saved the Declaration of Independence, but who was also involved in the first scandal in the Library of Congress' history.

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.