Description - Thomas Stone provided leadership to our emerging nation as delegate to the Continental Congress from 1775-78 and from 1783-84. He served on the committee that drafted our country's first system of government, the Articles of Confederation. His crowning achievement came on August 2, 1776 when he helped to launch this nation by signed the Declaration of Independence.
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Thomas Stone National Historic Site
Today, the 322 acre site contains Thomas Stone's five-part tidewater plantation house, several outbuildings typical of an eighteenth and nineteenth century Maryland plantation, the Stone Family cemetery, historic farm trace roads, forests and fields.
- Thomas Stone National Historic Site offers nearly 3 miles of hiking trails. The trails go through rolling landscape, into upland woods, near small creeks, and around tall grass fields. The park's trails are a moderate to easy walk. Deer and birds abound through out the park. Stop by the visitor center to get a list of birds seen in the park.
Picnicking is also available. A new comfort station, equipped with bathrooms and a sheltered picnic area, is available for use. Special ranger programs can be arranged for groups by calling 301-392-1776.
A visitor center with bookstore provides interesting historical information about the Thomas Stone National Historic Site and surrounding sites including the Historic Port Tobacco (1.5 miles), Smallwood State Park (8-10 miles), National Colonial Farm (15 miles) and Fort Washington Park (20 miles).
Recreation - Visitors to the Thomas Stone National Historic Site will find an information center where you may view a short introductory film and enjoy a ranger-led tour of the mansion which start every hour on the hour from 10 AM till 4 PM. The country setting offers folks an opportunity to walk old farm trace roads, see 18th century farm buildings, and view the changing landscape through forests, fields, past watersheds, ravines, and historic garden terraces.
Reservations are required for school and large groups. Please allow at least two weeks notice. For Special Use Permits, at least one month's notice is required. For additional information concerning reservations or Special Use Permits, cal 301-392-1776.
Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.
Thomas Stone National Historic Site is 25 miles south of Washington D.C. in Port Tobacco, Maryland. The site is located on Rose Hill Road between Maryland Routes 6 and 225.