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Charles County, Maryland

Thomas Stone National Historic Site

Thomas Stone National Historic Site

Circa 1743-1787. A well-respected lawyer and politician, Thomas Stone was one of four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence. At a critical time in American history, he served as both a Continental Congressman and as a framer of the Articles of Confederation. Stone and his wife, Margaret, built their country home, Haberdeventure, in the early 1770's. The site reflects a Southern Maryland tobacco plantation with a unique five-part colonial mansion and 19th Century farm buildings.  Haberdeventure was in the Stone family until 1936. After a 1977 fire nearly destroyed the mansion, it became a National Park Service property.  Restoration began in 1992, and was completed in 1997. Guided Ranger-led tours are given in the restored home. The Visitor Center features information, exhibits, orientation film, book store, and several Junior Ranger activity books for kids of all ages. The past is still present here. The Stone family cemetery dates to 1787, and is the final resting place of several generations of Haberdeventure residents, including Thomas and Margaret Stone. Outside its fence, four stones mark the boundary of an extended cemetery, the final resting place of Stone family slaves. The grounds and historic structures are connected by over two miles of hiking trails. Several outbuildings, none from Thomas Stone's time, are witness to the continuing agricultural use of the property through five generations of Stone family ownership from 1770 to 1936.

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Days/Hours of Operation:
Open: From Sunday, March 4, 2018 to Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays - Sundays
Monday, January 1, 2019 to Saturday, March 2, 2019
Cost:  Donations Appreciated

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The Thomas Stone National Historic Site is a geocache site on the Star Spangled Banner Geotrail. Nearby is the Port Tobacco Historic Village, which tells the unique stories of Charles County from the American Revolution to the 20th Century.


6655 Rose Hill Road
Port Tobacco, MD 20677-3400