Thomas Stone National Historic Site
Special Holiday Program on Saturday Only
Thomas Stone National Historic Site, also known as Haberdeventure, was the original home of Thomas Stone, a Maryland signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Born in 1743, Stone came from a long line of public servants, including his great-great grandfather, William, who was the first Protestant Governor of the Colony of Maryland.
Stone read law at the office of Thomas Johnson in Annapolis and was admitted to the bar in 1764. In 1770, he purchased 442 acres in Port Tobacco and the following year began construction on his house.
As conflict between England and her American colonies intensified, Stone joined the Committee of Correspondence for Charles County, and in December 1774, was appointed to the Second Continental Congress. He was re-elected and attended regularly for several years.
After his death in 1787, Stone’s estate stayed within the Stone family for five generations until it was sold in 1936.
In 1971, the Federal Government declared the property a National Historic Landmark. In 1977, the building suffered a fire that destroyed the central portion of the house. A year later, the property was created as Thomas Stone National Historic Site, and in 1981, it was bought by the National Park Service. The park was officially opened to the public in 1997.
On Saturday, December 7th from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Thomas Stone National Historic Site will host a candlelight tour through the restored Haberdeventure conducted by costumed staff who will discuss the life of the Stone family during the midst of revolution.