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    Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm

    Maryland

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  • Saturday August 2, 2014 Program Change

    Our Meet the Dairy Cow and Chicken Program will be offered on August 2, 2014. However, due to limited staff, the Wagon Ride and Park's Past tour of the historic house will not take place. Please call the park on 301.839.1176, if you have any questions.

  • No public programs on Wednesday August 6, 2014

    Due to staff planning meetings, the Park will be open but there will be no public programs. Meet the Dairy Cow, the Wagon Ride, and Chicken & Egg programs will not be happening on this day. Please call the park at 301.839.1176 if you have any questions.

  • No public programs on Wednesday August 13, 2014

    Due to staff meetings, the Park will be open but there will be no public programs. Meet the Dairy Cow, the Wagon Ride, and Chicken & Egg programs will not be happening on this day. Please call the park at 301.839.1176 if you have any questions.

Dr. & Mrs. Debutts

the debutts
Dr. Samuel DeButts, his wife, Mary Welby owned the Mount welby property from 1805 to 1843.
Artist: St. Memin. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.
 

Samuel DeButts was born in Ireland in 1756. He began his career as a doctor in England and there he met and married his wife, Mary Welby, in 1785. Samuel's practice was difficult, unprofitable, and kept the couple apart for weeks. Like hundreds of thousands of other European families, Samuel and Mary decided to immigrate to the United States to make a better life for their family.

Twenty years after the DeButts family arrived in America, Samuel signed a deed for a 206 acre land that is known today as Oxon Hill Farm. Samuel, however, named the new family home Mount Welby, in honor of his wife's family, and spent the rest of his days there. Samuel's grandchildren sold the property in 1843.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Heifers are female cattle that have never given birth. The picture to the left is Buffy, the Brown Swiss, one of the heifers living on Oxon Hill Farm.