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Saying Farewell to Executive Director Rod Cofield

Updated: Oct 17, 2022

Executive Director Rod Cofield pours a drink at the recently recreated bar in the William Brown House tavern.

It is bittersweet that I announce the departure of Executive Director Rod Cofield, after 16 years with Historic London Town and Gardens. Rod will become the new Executive Director at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard, Maryland. His last day at London Town will be Friday, August 5th. Rod has provided a strong and steady vision for London Town. During his tenure, London Town substantially increased its attendance, bringing in 25,000 visitors annually. He's helmed critical projects, including the $500k preservation effort of the c.1760 William Brown House, a National Historic Landmark, and reconstructing the tavern's lost bar. He's also overseen the opening of the Sound & Sensory Garden, Carpenter's Shop, and the parking lot expansion. Over the next few years will be projects he kicked off: a new education pavilion, improved ADA accessibility, and an enhanced waterfront. We're grateful for his dedicated service, which has also improved the site’s financial sustainability while growing the staff and increasing programming. The board is already working on hiring his successor. More information will be announced soon. Rod has agreed to assist with the transition however needed. While we'll miss Rod, we're excited for his new role at Jefferson-Patterson Park and Museum. Please join me in donating a symbolic beer to celebrate Rod and wish him all the best!

Best, Bob Leib Board Chair London Town Foundation


Buy a Beer for Rod!

For the past 16 years, Rod Cofield has shared the stories of London Town's historic tavern, the c.1760 William Brown House. He oversaw the reconstruction of the tavern's lost bar. Please join us in donating a symbolic beer for Rod to toast his many accomplishments and wish him the best along his way. Our symbolic beer menu starts at $16 to celebrate each year he worked here, although you can always surprise him with more than one beer or a nicer drink! Your donations will go to the newly established Rod Cofield Fund. These donations will be used for priority projects and London Town's long-term sustainability. All donations for symbolic beers are 100% tax deductible.



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