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The Friends of Chapman State Park welcome you to Chapman State Park’s unspoiled 2200 acres and to its 1840 antebellum manor house, Mount Aventine. The park was acquired by the State of Maryland in 1998 and is managed by the Maryland Park Service. Our Friends organization is proud to help develop the Park and to introduce this little known gem to the broader public.
People with a special love for Chapman State Park's rich environment and historic antebellum manor house have joined together through the Friends of Chapman State Park, a not-for-profit volunteer organization affiliated with the Maryland Park Service. We support the Park by hosting a variety of programs at Mount Aventine, the historic manor house; by sponsoring nature walks and other environmental interpretation activities, and by assisting with improving and maintaining the Park and manor house in a range of ways. We also support a program to remove invasive species from the Park. Please join us. We will welcome you! Read more below to join, make a donation, or become a patron of the Friends of Chapman State Park.
We hope to see you at one of our Open House or riverfront events or on one of our trails at the Park sometime soon!
Antebellum Christmas at Mount Aventine, Dec. 6 & 7, 11-5
The Mount Aventine 1840 manor house will be alive with costumes, fresh greens, period decorated Christmas trees, the scent of holiday refreshments, and sounds of holiday music throughout the house on Dec. 6 and 7, 11-5, when Antebellum Christmas is celebrated at Chapman State Park. Antique dolls and toys will also be displayed throughout the house. Sounds of recorders will fill the house when the duo "Rosewood" plays on Sat., Dec. 6, noon-2 p.m., followed by singing of the renowned McDonough High School , "The Madrigal Lords and Ladies" at 3:00. On Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1:30, the area's finest Hand Bell Choir from Good Samaritan Presbyterian Church will make its annual holiday visit. Gifts and baked goods will be available in the Visitors Center. Mount Aventine is one of the many county heritage sites on the weekend's 2014 Charles County Holiday Trail. Suggested donation is $5/vehicle. Chapman State Park is at 3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head. Info at www.friendsofchapmansp.org; www.charlescounty holidaytrail.com; 301-753-6754.