In this issue you will learn about nearby Camp Stanton, which was a Civil War-era recruiting and training post for African American Union soldiers. You can visit the historical markers for Camp Stanton in Benedict, MD, just a few miles away from Maxwell Hall.
The Friends of Maxwell Hall is pleased to share our very first newsletter. In this issue you will find a message from the Vice President, summary of events we held and participated in last year, information on exciting projects we are working on this year, and some interesting notes and history of Historic Maxwell Hall.
(Hughesville, MD) – Friends of Maxwell Hall is pleased to announce that it has received a major grant from Maryland Humanities Grant Program. The funding was used to repair the piano and create a missing piece from the piano so that the piano can be usable for entertaining visitors in the historic home; create a new sign at the entrance to the driveway so visitors can locate the property easier; digitize the photo album to make historic images of the property more accessible to the public and to preserve the images for generations to come; and to enhance the pollinator garden to make it more inviting so that the public can observe the pollinators among the native habitat. These activities were conducted by volunteers of Friends of Maxwell Hall during 2022.
The next major event at the historic home will be the annual Colonial Faire. This year the Colonial Faire will be Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, 2022. The public is invited to see the results of this generous grant. The sign will welcome visitors, the piano will be played, digitized historical images will be available, and the pollinator garden will be among the features available to the public this year.
Maryland Humanities Grants are aimed at sustaining Maryland’s public humanities infrastructure and to ensure that organizations that have been negatively impacted by COVID will be able to continue providing opportunities for communities in Maryland to access and engage with public history, cultural heritage, and civic learning throughout this continued unprecedented time. The Friends of Maxwell Hall fulfilled that objective by initiating projects that would enhance the visitor experience at the historic site. The goal was to encourage the public to come together to learn how the site looked like in earlier days, hear music that may have been played, and delight in nature by observing native botanicals in an inviting setting. The sign at the entrance helps visitors find the property since it is tucked in a 487 acre waterfront location.
“The impact of these projects will greatly enhance the visitor experience,” said Mike Callahan, President of the Friends of Maxwell Hall.
This project was made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this announcement do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Maryland Humanities.
About Your Friends of Maxwell Hall
The Friends of Maxwell Hall is a facilitator for renewal, discovery, and community in Southern Maryland. Its purpose is to connect people to the land, to history, and to each other. The Friends of Maxwell Hall work with Charles County government to maintain preserve, and improve Maxwell Hall and its historical landscape collections for the use, enjoyment, and enrichment of the public.
About Maryland Humanities
Maryland Humanities is a statewide, educational, nonprofit organization. Maryland Humanities creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities. For more information, visit www.mdhumanities.org. Maryland Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards.