About Us

Rich Hill is an 18th century home in Charles County, Maryland. The house has a long and multifaceted history but is most notable for being one of the places where John Wilkes Booth sought aid during his flight from justice after assassinating President Abraham Lincoln. In the early morning hours of April 16, 1865, John Wilkes Booth and his accomplice David Herold were given a meal at Rich Hill and then the owner, Colonel Samuel Cox, helped to hide the fugitives in a nearby pine thicket.

The Friends of Rich Hill was established to preserve, refurbish, and promote a unique part of Southern Maryland’s history.

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The mission of the Friends of Rich Hill is to:

  • Educate the public about the local and national history of Rich Hill
  • Raise funds for the rehabilitation and furnishing of Rich Hill
  • Provide updates on the progress of the site’s rehabilitation
  • Host special events for members of the Friends of Rich Hill
  • Sponsor public awareness events
  • Develop partnerships with other organizations.
  • Record pertinent information, documents, and photographs as part of the Historic Sites file at the Southern Maryland Studies Center, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus.


The Friends of Rich Hill are grateful and happy to accept new members. Please visit our Donate page, fill out our Donation/Membership form, and mail it to:

Friends of Rich Hill
c/o the Historical Society of Charles County
PO Box 2806
La Plata, Maryland 20646


You can email us at: friendsofrichhill@gmail.com

You can write to us at: Friends of Rich Hill, c/o the Historical Society of Charles County, PO Box 2806, La Plata, MD  20646
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