Country Houses

Stone Rose Hill Port Tobacco Village Mount Bleak Port Tobacco Village St. Thomas Manor Thomas Stone House Ellerslie Mulberry Grove Historic mansions and farmhouses dot the countryside around Port Tobacco. Many were built and occupied by individuals prominent in State and National history. For example, Thomas Stone, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, lived at Habredaventure just north of town. Dr. James Craik, Surgeon General to the Continental Army, lived east of town and John Hanson, the nation's first president under the Articles of Confederation, lived at Mulberry Grove, just south of town. Many other historic houses in the area provided homes and offices for the planters whose crops of tobacco, wheat, and corn were the source of the County's wealth. Surviving houses of families operating small farms are more common, and those of laborers and slaves are rare; but those that survive tell the modern visitor something about life among Charles County's people during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Archaeological investigations provide additional information about the changing appearences, furnishings, and construction dates of the surviving structures; but the excavations often provide the only information on the thousands of buildings that fell victim to abandonment, decay, and fire. The linked pages offer some insights into some of these buildings and more will be added.

One very important note: most of the sites described in these pages are privately owned. Respect the privacy and other rights of the not enter a property without the permission of the owner or occupant.