Rich Hill (Bel Alton, Maryland)

Rich Hill, near Bel Alton, Maryland, was owned by Colonel Samuel Cox, a Confederate sympathizer during the American Civil War. Following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, Cox hid assassin John Wilkes Booth and his companion, David Herold, in a swamp near Rich Hill. Booth and Herold left the property on April 21, crossing the Potomac River in a small boat.[2]

Rich Hill
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Rich Hill (Bel Alton, Maryland) is located in Maryland
Rich Hill (Bel Alton, Maryland)
Rich Hill (Bel Alton, Maryland) is located in the United States
Rich Hill (Bel Alton, Maryland)
LocationNortheast of Bel Alton on Bel Alton-Newtown Rd., Bel Alton, Maryland
Coordinates38°28′54″N 76°57′3″W / 38.48167°N 76.95083°W / 38.48167; -76.95083Coordinates: 38°28′54″N 76°57′3″W / 38.48167°N 76.95083°W / 38.48167; -76.95083
Area15 acres (6.1 ha)
Built1825 (1825)
NRHP reference No.75000885[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 12, 1975

Following Booth's capture, Cox was tried and convicted of aiding Booth, receiving a light sentence.

The house is significant in its own right, showing characteristic features of southern Maryland house construction.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ J. Richard Rivoire (May 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Rich Hill" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-01-01.

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