En­joyed taste of Charles County his­tory

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If you had the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend the the­atri­cal event “Smug­gling Se­crets of the Con­fed­er­acy: An Evening with Olivia Floyd,” then you prob­a­bly en­joyed it as much as my friend Ray­mond Davis and I did.

It was pre­sented Feb. 18 by the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety of Charles County Inc. and held at the re­fur­bished Port To­bacco Court­house on Chap- el Point Road.

We ar­rived at 5:45 p.m. ex­pect­ing a small crowd, but it quickly grew to a stand­ing-room-only event. We sat in the back row and watched as the or­ga­niz­ers quickly ar­ranged more seat­ing to ac­com­pany the six long benches bolted in place, then we moved up front.

The drama team put on a 15-minute play about a Con­fed­er­ate spy, Olivia Floyd, who smug­gled secret mes­sages to the South­ern Army across the Po­tomac into Vir­ginia.

This was the first of a four-part se­ries that in­cludes some of Charles County’s boun­ti­ful Civil War his­tory.

The next per­for­mance will be held at the same time and place on April 7.

The fi­nal event will take place at the his­tor­i­cal Rich Hill House on Bel Al­ton New­town Road, about a mile east of Bel Al­ton off U.S. 301.

I ap­plauded the per­for­mance with a smile. If you plan to at­tend the fu­ture events, then I urge you to come early if you want a good seat. Jim McDon­ald, Port To­bacco

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