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Charles County, Maryland

Preservation Matters Magazine

Preservation Matters Magazine

Preservation Matters Magazine is an annual Planning and Growth Mangement publication celebrating Charles County's Historic places.  It is available to view online and in limited quantity in print.  To obtain a printed copy of the newsletter, or for more information about the "Preservation Matters" publication, contact Ms. Beth Groth at or 301-645-0684.

If you are interested in submitting an article for inclusion in the Preservation Matters Magazine, please see the Article Submission Guidelines for more information.


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This edition features “For the Service of Almighty God,” which highlights the 1692 Anglican parishes in Charles County. Read about the mystery of Mount Aventine and about the restoration of a 19th century farmhouse in Smallwood State Park known as the John Grinder House.

Other featured articles include "Recovering Lost Landscapes at Rich Hill," which is located in Bel Alton and "View from a Dune," which is about two aboriginal sites along the western shores of Charles County.  Also read about the 2017 preservation awards, along with other historical information within Charles County.



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This edition features “Documenting a Community’s Recent Past.” Read about the tight knit community of Pomonkey and its coming together to highlight its significance to Charles County’s past and future.  Learn about the stories, structures, and people of this area, as well as the documentation efforts to help preserve the community’s heritage.

Also featured are articles on private cemeteries, recovered artifacts near Benedict, restoration of Rich Hill, 2016 preservation awards, and news from the county Archaeologist, Ester Doyle Read.


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This edition features "On the Trail of An Assassin: A Journey to Rich Hill." Lincoln enthusiasts and history buffs alike will enjoy reading about the local location, Rich Hill Farm, and the site’s role in the escape route of former president Abraham Lincoln’s assassin. Go back in history, as well as learn about what preservation of the site entails today.

Also featured are articles on Washington Burch, The War of 1812 British camp in Benedict, the 2015 preservation awards, archaeology finds in a Southern Maryland farm field, and the Historic Preservation Commission.