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    Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm

    Maryland

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  • POSTPONED: September 20 Young African American Lecture Series

    The September 20 Young African American Lecture Series has been postponed. The first event in this series will now be held Saturday October 18, 2014. More »

  • Saturday October 4, 2014 Program Change

    Our Meet the Dairy Cow, Chicken Program, and Park's Past tour of the historic house will be offered on October 4, 2014. However, the Wagon Ride will not take place. Please call the park at 301.839.1176, if you have any questions.

Dr. & Mrs. Debutts

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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?

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An average dairy cow weighs about 1,400 pounds and can drink an average of 35 gallons of water a day -- the equivalent of a bathtub full of water! There are six cattle that live on Oxon Hill Farm.