The Thomas Stone National Historic Site

Thomas StoneThe Thomas Stone National Historic Site, or Haberdeventure, is an irregular five-part dwelling composed of three different early building methods and arranged in an arc. Thomas Stone (1743-1787), a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, built Haberdeventure after 1771 and lived there for much of the remainder of his life (see left). Stone purchased the Haberdeventure property late in 1770 and began constructing a new house on the property the next year. It was completed by the end of 1773 (see below right). Thomas and Margaret Stone and their three children lived at Haberdeventure until they moved to Annapolis early in 1783. Thomas Stone House

Although Stone lived at Haberdeventure for a relatively short time, it was his home during the most significant years of his political life. From 1777 until the year of his death, Stone served in the Upper House of the Maryland Asembly. Government service often took him away from his Haberdeventure home. During the critical months of 1776, Stone was returned repeatedly to Philadelphia by the Assembly of Maryland to serve his state during the Second Continental Congress. Congress's deliberations led to the complete break with Great Britain with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Stone would play an active role in framing the Articles of Confederation, a new framework that guided the affairs of state for the new nation until ratification of the US Constitution.