JULY 13, 2014


countessCountess Margit Bessenyey, last private owner of Mount Aventine (1954-1984), will be the subject of a history talk by Elmer Biles at Mount Aventine Open House, July 13, 2:00. The manor house is located in Chapman State Park, 3452 Ferry Place, off Chapman's Landing Road, Indian Head. His lecture promises many fascinating insights into the life of this colorful person, and a sampling of the special Hungarian "Korhely" soup she served to her New Year's Eve revelers.

The Countess, born in Hungary, was the daughter of Count Anton Sigray and Harriet Holmes Daly and the wife of the late Baron George Bessenyey. She was placed under house arrest by the Nazi, liberated in 1945 by the Allies, and came to America in 1946. She purchased Mount Aventine in 1954 and was known locally as a charismatic horse woman. She also lived at the Marcus-Daly Estate near Hamilton, MT. She raised Hungarian Lipizzaner horses both at Mount Aventine and at her Montana ranch. She was a noted humanitarian in the Hungarian Relief Effort and in various organizations in the care of stray animals. Some of her dresses are on display in the Visitor's Center.  (Photo: Countess Margit Sigray Bessenyey, in traditional Hungarian riding dress at her estate in Hamilton, MT (photo by Ernst Peterson).



LynnReneeRuggles2013-2At 3:15 at the open house, Lynn Hollyfield, internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, will perform with her acoustic guitar and sing original folk songs.

The event is hosted by the Friends of Chapman State Park. Donations are requested. Information at www.friendsof; 301-753-6754