In 2002, Dr. James and Gena Clifton were constructing new outbuildings on their farm in Bushwood, when they discovered old shards of pottery. They did the right thing in contacting local archaeologists, and future professional digs supported by the Heritage Fund indicated that the site was likely the seventeenth century manor of Dr. Thomas Gerard, one of the earliest Maryland settlers and an acquaintance of Lord Baltimore.
Significant progress has been made in rehabilitating, understanding, and interpreting the 18th century Rich Hill farm and house in Charles County. Recipients of a Heritage Fund grant, Preservation Maryland is pleased to share recent updates as described by Cathy Thompson, who has been managing much of the project. Take a journey to Rich Hill, a stop on Booth’s escape:
Perched on hillside outside downtown Ellicott City is Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, a historic African American church constructed in 1890. It was the recent recipient of a Heritage Fund Grant that helped rehabilitate its historic roof.