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Thomas Stone National Historic Site, Port Tobacco

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
Thomas Stone National Historic Site is closed for the Winter season. Starting on Thursday, March 3, 2016 the regular hours of operation will be Thursday-Sunday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

The National Park Service maintains Thomas Stone National Historic Site and available resources include:

• Guided tours of the historic mansion.

• Two miles of hiking trails.

• A historic cemetery and several historic structures.

• Junior Ranger activities.

• A short film in the Visitor Center on the life of Thomas Stone.

• Exhibits relating to the Stone family and the natural history of Southern Maryland.

• Special events.
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  • This is an unknown, or at least to me, story and location. While Thomas Stone signed the Declaration of Independence he was not as flashy as the Franklins, Washingtons, and Jeffersons. However, gettin...  more »
  • The Thomas Stone National Historic Site is one of the least visited sites in the National Park Service - that alone should make this site worth a visit, especially if you are a connossieur of national...  more »
  • Park Ranger was very interesting and knowledgeable. Only the lower floo is open plus the side building, tobacco barn and a corn crib. One can also visit the buriel area of the family. It's free and wo...  more »
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  • A hidden gem of the National Park Service in the Washington DC area. Grounds are well managed, beautiful and quite natural setting, and Ranger Lassman is truly dedicated to this location and is a wealth of knowledge. He not only brings the story of Thomas Stone to life, but the history of Maryland as well through the arc of the Stone family. Also has a really good Junior Ranger program here too - not too difficult or hard but informative and educational for all ages.
  • Yusef was wonderful. The kids loved him and he was really patient with them. Great site for a nice day.
  • Tucked away in growing suburbia, this site is interesting and beautiful. Tour is quick and worth the visit.
  • I am a writer and photographer for National Park Planner and I visited Thomas Stone National Historic Site in April 2016. The park is located in Port Tobacco, Maryland, and was created in 1978 to preserve the home and estate of one of Maryland’s four signers of the Declaration of Independence. Stone was a conservative politician who was in favor of working out a compromise with England, but once that outcome was deemed hopeless, he was a full supporter of independence and backed whatever actions were necessary to secure it, including war. He was later elected to the Second Continental Congress and helped draft the Articles of Confederation, the new nation’s first constitution. He is little remembered today, but you can learn his story while visiting the park. Stone’s Haber de Venture home and grounds are open to the public. The house can be visited on a Ranger-guided tour and the grounds are open for self-exploration. A few outbuildings still exist and a 2-mile trail leads around the property. The Stone Family cemetery is also open for visitation. The National Park Service uses the spelling Haberdeventure despite the fact that when the property was registered on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988, the form submitted to the Department of Interior used the spelling Habre de Venture. The earliest document bearing the name comes from 1685 and uses the spelling Habberdoventure. The deed from Stone’s purchase of the property calls it Habber Adventure. However, Habre de Venture is the spelling used in nearly all references to the estate. The only place you will find the spelling Haberdeventure is at the Thomas Stone National Historic Site. For more photos and complete information on visiting the Thomas Stone National Historic Site, please visit National Park Planner (npplan).
  • The ranger tour of this home is not to be missed. We learned more fascinating historical facts in a 30 minute tour with this knowledgeable and charming ranger than we did from reading 50 history books. No dry facts here; he makes history comes to life.