Not all the signers of the Declaration of Independence were strident revolutionaries. For every John Hancock, there were several Thomas Stones.
Stone was born to a family with deep roots in the American colonies. His great-great-grandfather immigrated to Virginia in 1628 and was named governor of Maryland in 1648.
In 1776, young Thomas Stone still felt the colonies could mend their rift with King George. His interests lay in economic prosperity, rather than political ideology. Still, he became the youngest person from Maryland to sign the Declaration of Independence.
In 1785, he met with George Washington at Mount Vernon to help create a system for navigating the Potomac River. This meeting led to the construction of the Pawtomack and Chesapeake and Ohio Canals.
Thomas Stone National Historic Site is the family farm Stone purchased in 1770. The farm was named Haverdeventure, “dwelling place in the winds,” by its prior owner. The park includes Stone’s home, additional buildings, and a small cemetery.
Hiking trails and old roads wind through the park’s 322 peaceful acres.