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.
|Location||Northeast of Bel Alton on Bel Alton-Newtown Rd., Bel Alton, Maryland|
|Coordinates||38°28′54″N 76°57′3″W / 38.48167°N 76.95083°WCoordinates: 38°28′54″N 76°57′3″W / 38.48167°N 76.95083°W|
|Area||15 acres (6.1 ha)|
|NRHP reference No.||75000885|
|Added to NRHP||November 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.
- ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
- ^ J. Richard Rivoire (May 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Rich Hill" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Rich Hill, Charles County, including photo in 1975, at Maryland Historical Trust