Historic Preservation Commission to Host Awards Ceremony on June 8

News Release, Charles County Public Information Office

The Charles County Historic Preservation Commission will host a Preservation Reception and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Serenity Farm, Inc. (6932 Serenity Farm Road, Benedict).  The winner(s) of the Charles County Preservation Award for 2018 will be announced at this time. 

The Historic Preservation Award is presented annually to an eligible individual, business, organization, or project that deserves recognition for outstanding achievements in historic preservation.  Awards are presented in two categories: Preservation Projects and Preservation Service.

The program will also include a Preservation Rapid-Fire Roundtable as well as a tour of Serenity Farm and the Enslaved African-American Burial Ground. Serenity Farm encompasses a diverse history including Native American encampments, the British landing during the War of 1812, and an African American training ground for soldiers during the Civil War. The Burial Ground is the final resting place of 23 enslaved individuals who lived and worked on the farm from the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Light refreshments will be provided at the event.  A donation of $5 per person to the Farm Heritage Conservancy is encouraged. 

For more information or to RSVP for the event, please contact Cathy Thompson at 301-396-5815 or ThompsCa@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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