Rich Hill (Bel Alton, Maryland)

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Rich Hill
Rich Hill (Bel Alton, Maryland) is located in Maryland
Rich Hill (Bel Alton, Maryland)
Nearest city Bel Alton, Maryland
Coordinates 38°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
Built 1825
Architect Unknown
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 75000885
Added to NRHP November 12, 1975[1]

Rich Hill, near Bel Alton, Maryland, was owned by Colonel Samuel Cox during the US Civil War, who harbored sympathies for the Confederate cause. 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]

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.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Maryland Historical Trust". National Register of Historic Places: Rich Hill. Maryland Historical Trust. 2008-06-08. 

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