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A Delightful Colonial Christmas at Smallwood State Park

Friends of Smallwood State Park, a small nonprofit in Charles County, held their annual Colonial Christmas event on December 2nd. Charitable Trust staff along with many in the community were in attendance to enjoy the local history and activities. Reenactors were scattered throughout the historic home and surrounding grounds to share their knowledge about General Smallwood and history of the area in the 18th century. Children asked questions about the soldier’s tents and belongings, while one reenactor showed how the soldiers would care for their basic hygiene in their encampment. Inside, attendees could view colonial furniture, décor, and even an 18thcentury toilet! (A favorite attraction among the children who visited.)

Outside, visitors got a tour of typical foods that might be served in the home, both locally sourced and shipped from overseas. Additional activities for visitors included wreath making with fresh tree branches and holly, as well as candle dipping with wax over a fire pit. Refreshments were also served for guests. This event, as well as everything done by the small nonprofit throughout the year is 100% volunteer run.

Friends of Smallwood State Park recently received grant funding through the Charitable Trust to replace an old fence surrounding the Colonial Herb Garden adjacent to General Smallwood’s house. Board Member and Treasurer, Richard Sharek, tells the Trust the project will take place in early 2024 to be completed prior to Springtime events at the location.

The Charitable Trust strives to support and promote community nonprofit events and organizations that work to benefit the citizens of Charles County. You can read about more of our community visits at Do you have a nonprofit event you’d like us to attend? Please reach out to

Did you know?

General Smallwood’s colonial home at Smallwood State Park contains an original letter written by General George Washington! This attraction is a must-see for history lovers right here in Charles County.


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