Celebrate Charles! War of 1812 March From Benedict

The Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) supports public outreach and tourism events sponsored by the Charles County Government. One of the most exciting events being held in 2014 commemorates the 200th anniversary of War of 1812 in Charles County. The small fishing village of Benedict, located on the Patuxent River in northeast Charles County, was the site where 4,300 British soldiers landed in August 1814 and began their march to Washington, DC, where they burned the U.S. Capitol, the White House, and other Federal buildings. During the weekend of August 30-31, 2014, a major public event will be held, entitled, Celebrate Charles! War of 1812 March From Benedict.

On Saturday, August 30, tour the historic home, Maxwell Hall, for an exciting look into a late 18th century home. Maxwell Hall is located in the center of Maxwell Hall Equestrian Park on 600 plus acres. It was in the middle of the first and only foreign invasion of the United States during the War of 1812. Be part of living history, experience an 1812 wedding, and find out how the war impacted the Keech family during this tumultuous time. Stroll the booths of crafters, lace-makers, quilters, cornhusk crafts, blacksmiths, basket makers and shop the market for unique treasures.

On Saturday-Sunday, August 30-31, tour beautiful Serenity Farm nearby, and learn about farmers and plantation life from the farm owner and historian. Visit Harvest House and purchase locally produced meats and vegetables. View the area where 1814 artifacts were found, and visualize over 40 British ships arriving in Benedict filled with 4,300 British Army soldiers! Explore the petting zoo, enjoy a walk to the river, live music, artisans, crafters, local food, kiddie rides, and entertainment by The British Invasion Tribute band.

Be sure to stop by our CCAA information tent at Serenity Farm and say hello! We’ll be there both days, and look forward to seeing you!

For more information on the War of 1812 Bicentennial commemoration in Benedict, visit the Charles County Tourism website at www.charlescountymd.gov or call 1-800-766-3386.