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Silesia in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Broad Creek Historic District
 
Broad Creek Marker (obverse) Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 6, 2008
1. Broad Creek Marker (obverse)
 
Inscription. The Broad Creek Historic District was established by the Prince George's County Council on July 30, 1985. The area surrounding Broad Creek, an estuary of the Potomac River, is considered a special place because of its historical significance, its important architectural and archaeological resources, and its unspoiled natural features.

The Broad Creek area's historical significance is derived from several factors. It includes the original land grant of Battersea; the site of the town of Aire, one of six towns established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1706 as ports for the shipping of tobacco; and St. John's Episcopal Church, established in 1692, the present building dating from 1766. St. John's is considered to be the "mother church" of other Episcopal churches in the region.

The District also includes three early to mid-18th century landmark buildings: Harmony Hall (a Georgian manor dating from 1723), Piscataway House (a frame structure c. 1750, which was moved from Piscataway to avoid its demolition) and the ruins of Want Water (a frame and brick dwelling c. 1710). The surroundings of these important buildings
 
Broad Creek Historic District Marker (Reverse) Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 5, 2008
2. Broad Creek Historic District Marker (Reverse)
The reverse of the marker is a map of the Historic District - "You Are Here" at the Harmony Hall Regional Center.
 
and sites have remained relatively unchanged for over two centuries.
 
Erected by Prince George's County.
 
Location. 38° 44.601′ N, 76° 59.982′ W. Marker is in Silesia, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Livingston Road 0 miles north of Fort Washington Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. From from the Capital Beltway (I-95/495), take Indian Head Highway (MD 210) south and turn right [west] at Fort Washington Road. Livingston Road is at the first signal light. Turn right [north] at this intersection and then left into the Harmony Hall Regional Center (John Addison Concert Hall) parking lot. The Marker is at the south end of the lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington MD 20744, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Silesia School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Prince Georgeís County - St. Johnís Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); “Coach” James W. Crawford (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fort Foote (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Foote (approx. 2.3 miles away); King's Depression Carriage (approx. 2.3 miles away); Northwest Bastion (approx. 2.3 miles away); 15-inch Rodman Smoothbore (approx. 2.3 miles away).
 
Harmony Hall Manor - Broad Creek Historic District Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 5, 2008
3. Harmony Hall Manor - Broad Creek Historic District
View from Livingston Road.
 

 
Regarding Broad Creek Historic District. The historic district lies between Livingston Road and Broad Creek, extending north from Fort Washington Road to Oxon Hill Road. Be aware that Livingston Road is a meandering, two lane country road through the Historic District - with a very narrow shoulder north of the Harmony Hall Regional Center - quaint, but possibly hazardous due to the sometimes heavy commuter traffic.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Broad Creek, Prince George's County, Maryland. (Submitted on January 6, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. John Addison Concert Hall, Harmony Hall Regional Center. (Submitted on January 6, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
St. John's Church - Broad Creek Historic District image, Click for more information
By Richard E. Miller, November 2007
4. St. John's Church - Broad Creek Historic District
...the "mother church" of other Episcopal churches in the region.
Click for more information.
 
 
Ruins of "Lyles House" at Want Water - Broad Creek Historic District Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 12, 2008
5. Ruins of "Lyles House" at Want Water - Broad Creek Historic District
Probably the oldest dwelling structure remaining in the National Capital Region. Construction started in the late 17th century and was completed around 1736 by entrepreneur Humphrey Batt[s]. Its wooden components collapsed in the 1930s, leaving only its brick grambel ends in place.
 
 
Eighteenth Century Broad Creek Canal at Want Water - Broad Creek Historic District Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 12, 2008
6. Eighteenth Century Broad Creek Canal at Want Water - Broad Creek Historic District
View of remains at its connection to the Potomac River. One hundred yards long and constructed in 1749 by Humphrey Batt[s] using slave labor, it facilitated the movement of hogsheads via flatboats from the Broad Creek tobacco inspection station warehouse (established in 1748) to ships moored in the estuary off Broad Creek Landing. It is believed to be the first such canal construction in the English colonies.
 
 
Front Side of Harmony Hall Manor (facing the Potomac River) - Broad Creek Historic District Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 12, 2008
7. Front Side of Harmony Hall Manor (facing the Potomac River) - Broad Creek Historic District
As seen from the lawn's 18th century, English-style Ha, Ha--its "invisible" sunken fence.
 
 
View toward the Potomac from Harmony Hall Manor - Broad Creek Historic District. Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 12, 2008
8. View toward the Potomac from Harmony Hall Manor - Broad Creek Historic District.
 
 
Wantwater House, prior to its collapse in the 1930s Photo, Click for full size
Courtesy Maryland Capital Parks and Planning Commission
9. Wantwater House, prior to its collapse in the 1930s
 
 
"Piscataway House" - now preserved in the Broad Creek HIstoric District Photo, Click for full size
Courtesy Maryland Capital Parks and Planning Commission
10. "Piscataway House" - now preserved in the Broad Creek HIstoric District
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,727 times since then. Last updated on January 7, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 6, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 15, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   9, 10. submitted on July 23, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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