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Thomas Stone National Historic Site


Habre-de-Venture, a 1771 Georgian mansion near Port Tobacco, Maryland, was the home of Thomas Stone, a member of the Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. It is now known as the Thomas Stone National Historic Site.

Thomas Stone National Historic Site
©National Park Service
The Thomas Stone National Historic Site was once
the estate of a prominent colonial politician.

Stone was a young lawyer and prominent member of Maryland society when the political unrest between America and Great Britain began in the early 1770s. He soon became active in politics and was eventually elected to serve in the Provincial Conventions that governed Maryland.

In 1775, Stone became a Maryland representative in the Second Continental Congress, which was meeting in Philadelphia. His legal knowledge and writing skills made him a valuable member of the Congressional committee that completed the first draft of the Articles of Confederation in 1776. Though he is a little-known political figure in history today, Stone was important to the development of Maryland and the United States.

Stone's Habre-de-Venture plantation was made a national historic site in 1978, one year after fire swept through the main block of the house. The National Park Service restored the house to its late-nineteenth-century appearance, opening its doors to the public in 1997.

Habre-de-Venture is a five-part colonial plantation house; two hyphens connect the central block of the house to its east and west wings. The wings of most five-part houses extend in a straight line, but the wings at the Thomas Stone House form a graceful arc.

Thomas Stone National Historic Site Information
Address: 6655 Rose Hill Rd., Port Tobacco, MD
Telephone: 301/392-1776
Hours of Operation:

  • Memorial Day - Labor Day: daily, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Labor Day - Memorial Day: Wednesday - Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed Thanksgiving, December 25 and January 1

Admission: Free

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Eric Peterson is a Denver-based freelance writer who has contributed to numerous guidebooks about the Western United States.