Port Tobacco Historic Village

Port Tobacco Historic Village

Open Hours: Regular Hours: April 3 - December 31, 2019; Wednesday through Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), last tour at 3:30 p.m., Monday (by pre-arranged appointment only). Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. 

Winter hours: January 1 - April 1, 2020; Thursday through Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), last tour at 3:30 p.m.


Settled in 1634, Port Tobacco was once Maryland's second largest seaport and was listed on early world maps. The town served as the seat of Charles County from 1727-1895, but its history extends from the prehistoric Native American inhabitants of Potopaco to the current residents of the town. The story of Port Tobacco is fascinating! It includes Native Americans, missionaries, colonists, revolutionaries, assassins, spies, slaves, merchants, farmers, an arsonist, and everyone in between! Visit us and explore this historic village, and learn more about the facts and legends of Historic Port Tobacco Village, including one of Maryland’s oldest ghost stories, The Legend of the Blue Dog. 

You may explore on your own, or take one of our Guided Tours with our knowledgeable staff. The guided walking tours include the Port Tobacco Courthouse, Stagg Hall, and Burch House (Closed in the winter). Bring the whole family for a step back into time as you learn more about the history of this quaint village overlooking the picturesque Port Tobacco River.

Join us on the First Weekends for themed activities Friday night at the Courthouse and Saturday for activities at Stagg Hall, months vary. For more information, call during normal operating hours, 301-392-3418, e-mail historicdistrict@charlescountyMD.gov, or visit www.explorecharlescounty.com.

Just down the road is the Port Tobacco River Park, accessible from the village. Take a stroll down the path from the village and select from several trails and experience natures habitat for eagles at the eagle observation platform. For more information about the park call 301-392-3470 or visit www.charlescountyparks.comNearby is the Thomas Stone National Historic Site, (check their website for seasonal hours) which tells the unique stories of Charles County's Thomas Stone, who was one of four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence. 

      Port Tobacco Courthouse                 Burch House                              Stagg Hall

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