Latest News From The Park

Antebellum Christmas 2016 - A Great Success!

The Antebellum Christmas at Mount Aventine was a great success.  We had over 200 visitors during the two-day.  They enjoyed the decorations, tours, displays, and music, music, music... Funds raised from the event are earmarked for renovation of the kitchen.  Check back later to hear more about that project.
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 Greeters Georgia Hendricks and Claire Alcorn are standing in front of the beautiful armoire donated to the house by Commissioner President Peter Murphy.  
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Come See Our New Exhibits

There are two new, ongoing exhibits in the manor house. One is a display of significant findings from the manor house west wing architectural review.  The west wing is the oldest (circa 1810) part of Mount Aventine.  Included in the display is a diagram of the proposed "kitchen museum".
20160731 121202sherdsThe other exhibit is a display of native American artifacts in the visitor's center. The artifacts are from the collection of the late "Tex" Richards of Indian Head, MD, and have been loaned to the Friends for display by his son Don Richards and Jack McGuire. The artifacts; including pottery sherds, projectile points, arrow heads and unusualy stone tools; were collected along the Mattawoman Creek in Pomonkey, Mason Springs, and Indian Head.

Smoke House "Ghost Sturcture"

20160529 152309Roman Morgan and BSA Troop 1780 have constructed a "ghost structure" of the 1840 smoke house that existed at Mount Aventine. The structure will be an integral part of an exhibit on food preparation and technology at the manor house being developed by the Friends of Chapman State Park. When completed the exhibit will include a kitchen museum with a display of appliances and tools used during 1he 1850's as well as their modern counterparts.
Roman is a 2016 graduate of North Point High School in Waldorf. He said he combined his interest in carpentry and history to research and construct the smoke house.