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"A Window on the Potomac"

Dear Friends:

While a walk in the park may not have too much appeal today, Spring is just around the corner and the Friends of Chapman State Park (the Friends) are busy planning for the 2015 park season.

The Friends are a not for profit volunteer organization affiliated with the Maryland Park Service and whose mission is to provide support and programs for Mount Aventine and the park.

2014 saw a significant increase in park visitors.  The Friends held "open house" programs and hosted school and community groups, while continuing the restoration and maintenance of Mount Aventine and the visitor's center.  Several private events resulted in donations for the use of Mount Aventine providing needed financial support.

In addition to the programs and activities, plans for 2015 include a historical study of the west wing, the oldest part of the house, and critical safety repairs to the porches and interior stairwells.

Your help is needed to continue this work.  Please consider becoming a member for 2015.  Membership levels and benefits are summarized on our membership form.  If you are already a member, thank you.

Also, we would love to welcome you as a volunteer.  Whatever your skill or interest, there is a job for you.  Be a guide or docent, help with painting or maintenance, or work on the grounds and trails.  New ideas for programs, and research on the history of the house and property are needed. You may find more information about the park and the Friends on our website.

Your help and support will ensure that we can achieve the goal of making this treasure a center for historical and environmental tourism for our area.  Please contact us with questions or suggestions.

Linda Dyson, President FCSP  or  Sandra Harrison

Support provided by the membership, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Southern Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Charles County Arts Alliance, Charles County Government and private donations

The Friends of Chapman State Park is a 501(C)(3) not for profit organization, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.