Leaders: Jim and Jane Hudnall
Members: Pat Walthers, Jay Lewis, Janell Saunders, Larry Peed, David Magnet, Ron Altemus, Joan Oppel, Steve Palincsar, Cathy Miller
Route: From Bryans Road Shopping Center, down Bumpy Oak and Rose Hill to the Thomas Stone Historic Site, then on to the Port Tobacco School House and the Port Tobacco Courthouse. Back on Rt. 6 to Poorhouse, Bicknell and Chicamuxen to General Smallwood's Retreat. Then on Chicamuxen, Hawthorn, MD-210 to Chapman's Landing and Mt. Aventine. Then back on MD-210 and Hungerford to Bryans Road.
Weather: Cool - 41 degrees at the start and 44 at the finish. Bright sunshine and light wind make it feel warmer unless you were headed down hill where the windchill felt icy.
AMS: 11.9 - for the sweep. Faster at the front.
Report: Eleven of us headed out on a holiday history tour and found lots of historic places, interesting stories and delicious snacks. Our first stop was at the Thomas Stone House where Ranger David Lassman, dressed in colonial garb, explained the important role Thomas Stone played in the founding of our country and gave us a tour of Haberdeventur - the reconstructed house.
Our next stop was the Port Tobacco One Room School House where we toured the building and made smores over a fire pit in the yard. We then headed to the Port Tobacco Courthouse where docents told the story of the first county seat and served a table full of delicious cookies and treats.
A few miles later we arrived at the home of General Smallwood. At this restored property, docents told of the importance of General Smallwood to the founding of the US, demonstrated colonial cooking, candle and wreath making and offered treats of cookies, sugared nuts, sugared orange peel and hot apple cider.
On to Mt. Aventine, where musicians entertained us while we toured the house. We enjoyed a table full of savory and sweet treats and more cider or hot drinks. Every location was decorated for the holidays and costumed docents welcomed us to a view of18th Century Maryland with warmth and generosity.