Mount Aventine at Chapman State Park
Its story and the tales related to the land on which it sits are long and complex.
For several thousand years before the arrival of Europeans, Native Americans inhabited the area. Then in 1608, Captain John Smith passed through during his exploration of the Potomac River. On the voyage he identified various tribal settlements. Maps of the area that date to 1673 show Native American longhouses on what is now park property.
By 1750, with plantations becoming increasingly common along the river, businessman Nathaniel Chapman acquired the land which at the time was known as Grimes Ditch.
The 165 years that followed the Chapman acquisition brought an engaging history that included a tidewater plantation, a large and lucrative shad and herring fishery, the construction of the family’s “Mt. Aventine” manor, the gripping drama of the Civil War, a post-war farm, a Hungarian horse farm, and eventually the creation of Chapman State Park.
This Christmas season, the Friends of Chapman State Park invite you to enjoy the house, refreshments, nature walks, and the sounds of the season with performances from various music groups over the course of its two-day holiday celebration.
December 7th 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm "Rosewood" Recorder Duo
December 7th 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm McDonough Renaissance Madrigal Choir
December 8th 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Good Samaritan Handbell Choir
Suggested Donation: $5 per vehicle.