The buildings on this property are clues to the
lives of the people who lived here over the past
two centuries. Sixteen buildings stand on the main part of the property. They all say something about who lived here, the crops they grew, and the animals they raised.
Mount Welby Era: 1800-1840s
The three oldest buildings at Oxon Cove Park date from the early 1800s. Dr. Samuel DeButts, Mary Welby DeButts, and their childen lived on the farm and called their home Mount Welby, in honor of Mary's family.
St. Elizabeths Era: 1890s-1960s
Five buildings survive from the days when
St. Elizabeths Hospital owned and ran the farm. They are the hexagonal outbuilding, horse and pony barn, hay barn, feed building, and dairy barn and silo.
National Park Service Buildings
The rest of the buildings, in the main part of the park were constructed after the National Park Service began operating a children's farm here in 1967. They are the grain exhibit
building, chicken coop, farm museum, rabbit shed, windmill, tool shed, sorghum syrup shed, and Visitor Barn. At the Visitor Barn, you can find crafts, toys books, exhibits, computer farm game brochures, and a park ranger or volunteer to help
you with your visit. Rest rooms are across the main road from the Visitor