Latest News From The Park

Chapman's Trail Gets National Creds!

Potomac National Scenic TrailIn late February, volunteers from the Potomac Heritage Trails Association ( assisted by Keith Edelen of DNR and Jim Dyson from FCSP removed tree fall and brush from Chapman’s “Marsh Trail” from below Mount Aventine to the park gate in Potomac Heights. This beautiful trail parallels the Potomac, and runs through coastal forest and marshland. It will become a leg of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network. Created by Congress in the 1960’s, this network will, when completed, link the Potomac and upper Ohio River basins with the Chesapeake Bay. (Read more about this effort on
Chapman Park has approximately 5 miles of marked trails. 
Click on any of the images below to view a larger version with captions.
Volunteers tidied up the Marsh Trail.
Peaceful, beautiful scenes along the trail.

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.