Oxon Cove Park News Release
Release date: Immediate
Contact: Marilyn Cohen-Brown, Park Ranger, ph 301-839-1176
A Star-Spangled Summer
The War of 1812 Comes to Mount Welby
Oxon Hill, Maryland -- Calling all War of 1812 connoisseurs, American history buffs, and citizens of all ages! The National Park Service invites you to attend, “A Star-Spangled Summer – The War of 1812 Comes to Mount Welby.” on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Oxon Cove Park located in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Through a series of dramatic vignettes, visitors will step back in time and experience the breath-taking events of the summer of 1814 when the British invaded Maryland both by foot and by water.
Oxon Hill Farm, part of Oxon Cove Park will be the scene where visitors embark on a 1/4 mile walking tour. Participants will encounter a run-away slave, the English born Mistress of Mount Welby and her American born son, an , a member of the 16th Regiment of the Maryland Militia, a citizen soldier, a Royal Marine Officer, and more.
This short working tour will begin at 12:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the walking tour visitors will have an opportunity to interect with the reenactors during a question and answer session. The program concludes with a presentation and discussion of War of 1812 music by noted music historian, David Hildebrande, PhD.
Reservations are encouraged as space is limited for this event. Please contact Park Ranger Marilyn Cohen-Brown at (301) 839-1176 for reservations and additional information.
This program is part of an ongoing series of public programs offered at Oxon Cove Park to promote public understanding of the history and special places within the National Park System.
Did You Know?
The white farm house at Oxon Hill Farm was known as Mount Welby in the early 1800s. In 1891, Saint Elizabeths Hospital acquired Mount Welby and renamed it Godding Croft. The white farm house is the oldest structure in the park.