Seventy archaelogical sites have discovered 9,000 years of human habitation of this area. In modern times, it has served as the home to the first Attorney General of Maryland, Richard Smith, as well as the home to Margaret Mackall Smith, wife of the 12th U.S. President, Zachary Taylor, and was also the site of a War of 1812 naval battle. Today there are various activities available to visitors. The Visitor Center contains museum exhibits and a Discovery Room for children. The Farm Exhibit Building houses a regional collection of Southern Maryland farming materials, and there are trails available for walking, and which take the visitor by an archaelogical representation of 17th century life on the site. There are also many special events held throughout the year.