Riverdale in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Riversdale Dependency
This dependency is the last surviving outbuilding from the Riversdale estate. Structural investigations indicate that it was likely built in the mid-nineteenth century, probably during the occupancy of Charles Benedict Calvert. however archaeological investigation of the dirt and clay floor revealed an earlier foundation, suggesting that there may have been a similar building on this site during the lifetimes of Rosalie and George Calvert.
This structure, approximately 30 feet east of the main house, is a simple two-story building with two entrances. Like the main house, it is constructed of brick and covered with stucco. A central chimney served a fireplace in each of the two side-by-side units and a stair ladder provided access to the second story.
Over the years this building had many different uses. An 1849 fire insurance policy refers to it as a "Servants House of Brick," while a later document suggests it was used as a kitchen. A listing in the 1860 census indicates
Location. 38° 57.621′ N, 76° 55.888′ W. Marker is in Riverdale, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Riverdale Road west of Taylor Road. Click for map. Riverdale Road is parallel to East-West Highway (State Route 410). Taylor Road has an intersection with East-West Highway two blocks north of Riverdale Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale MD 20737, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This Demiculverin (within shouting distance of this marker); Signs of War (within shouting distance of this marker); Riverdale School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Riversdale (about 300 feet away); Riverdale Park (about 400 feet away); Eternal Tribute (approx. ¼ mile away); The Town of Riverdale Park (approx. ¼ mile away); From Plantation to Suburb; a Community Grows (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Riverdale.
More about this marker. Park at the mansion's
Also see . . . Adam Francis Plummer. (Submitted on October 5, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Adam Francis Plummer, slavery
Categories. • African Americans • Antebellum South, US • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,782 times since then. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 4. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 5, 6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.