Rich Hill News


The following information was found in the December 9, 2015 issue of the Maryland Independent: The Charles County Historical Society was awarded a $6,500 grant Dec. 3 by Preservation Maryland to help with the interpretive planning of Rich Hill, the pre-antebellum house where John Wilkes Booth and his accomplice David E. Herold stopped during their escape two days after Booth fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln in ford’s Theatre in April 1865. The county also received a $750,000 bond bill from the state that will pay for the structural rehabilitation of Rich Hill. Though nothing is set in stone, ideally the Rich Hill house would be expanded to appear as it was in 1865, when Booth infamously knocked on the door. The Historical Society of Charles County will use the $6,500 it was awarded to hire Dean Krimmel, an interpretive planner, who will be tasked with figuring out the best way to tell the story of Rich Hill. “We’re mulling around about how to best tell this story,” said Mike Mazzeo Jr., vice president of the historical society. “We want to have exhibits that make people want to come back more than one time.”



The Charles County Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization located in Charles County Maryland. Our purpose is to promote the collection, preservation and dissemination of genealogical information. We also hope to educate and assist those interested in researching their ancestry. Membership is open to anyone interested in genealogy.

We meet at 7:00PM, on the third Thursday of each month, except June, July and August. Our Meetings are held at the LDS Family History Center, 4560 Padgett Road, White Plains, Charles County, Maryland.

For information regarding the Charles County Genealogical Society you may contact us by mail at P.O. Box 143 White Plains, Md. 20695-1537 or by e-mail at



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