Two Previously Unpublished Photographs of Rich Hill

In another of my posts for the Friends of Rich Hill blog, I look at two previously unpublished photographs of Rich Hill at a time when a member of the Cox family still lived there.

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One of the fun parts about researching the history of Rich is discovering new images of the historic home that very few have ever seen before. For a relatively unassuming house in Southern Maryland, Rich Hill has been photographed fairly often over the years. This is mainly due to the home’s association with Lincoln’s assassination and the escape of John Wilkes Booth. Since the 1865 crime itself, countless people have journeyed over Booth’s escape route and viewed Rich Hill in person, picturing the fugitive and his accomplice, David Herold, knocking on Samuel Cox’s door on the morning of April 16th.

The following photographs follow this idea and come from a scrapbook that was created of John Wilkes Booth’s escape route in the early 1920’s. The small handmade scrapbook, which has never before been published, was recently sold at auction in January of 2015. The new owner of the scrapbook was kind…

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  1. Dennis Urban

    Here is a question for you historical architects out there. When I visited Rich Hill in late July I was invited inside by the workmen and I took lots of photos including many of the original log beams with visible ax cuts. Inside the front door and between the front parlor and back room was a wooden constructed archway. On the flat surface of the arch, facing the opposite side was a decorative metal plate or escutcheon screwed into the wood about 40″ above the floor. I believe there was one on the other side facing each other. It did not appear there was ever a sliding door between the rooms. I am curious as to what is the purpose or function of this plate. I wish I could post a photo of the small plate.

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