Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any National Park Passport Stamps?

Yes, Thomas Stone National Historic Site has several because it is part of several trails and networks. The following are the names of the different stamps:

  • Thomas Stone National Historic Site
  • Thomas Stone National Historic Site: Junior Ranger
  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
  • Underground Railroad Freedom Network
  • Washington - Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail

Do you have any trails in the Park?

Yes. The park has several trails and old trace roads for walking and hiking on its 338 acres.

What started the fire?

On January 1, 1977 at 9:43 pm, the La Plata Fire Department received an alarm that the Thomas Stone House was on fire. The fire department chief, Gary Echols, said, "If we had arrived five minutes later the whole thing would have gone." They never did make a conclusive finding for the start of the fire, although it was ruled to be an accidental ignition.

We do know from conversations with docents working at Haberdeventure Thanksgiving 1976, that the furnace was not working properly and that the fireplaces were being used to heat the home. The fire could have started from a fire in the fireplace or a candle, but we can not know for sure.

What are significants dates related to the park?

  • 1770 - Purchased by Thomas Stone
  • 1787 - Thomas Stone and his wife, Margaret, are buried in the Stone Family Cemetery
  • 1936 - Sold by the Stone Family
  • 1972 - Listed as a National Historic Landmark
  • 1978 - Designation as a National Historic Site
  • 1981 - Purchased by the National Park Service
  • 1997 - Opened to the public

Haberdeventure. Where did this name come from?

Haberdeventure, the name of Thomas Stone's home and plantation, was originally written as three separate words, Haber de Venture. The plantation was named by its first owner, John Barefoot almost a century before it was purchased by Thomas Stone. Haberdeventure loosely translates from Latin into English as a dwelling place in or of the winds.

Last updated: February 2, 2022

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