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Oxon Hill in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Why a Brick Stable?

Oxon Hill Farm - Oxon Cove Park

 
 
Why a Brick Stable? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 22, 2011
1. Why a Brick Stable? Marker
Inscription.
A 175-year-old brick stable is rare in this region. Most stables and barns built in Maryland in the 1800s were made of wood and had one story, not two. Brick buildings were more expensive to build, but lasted longer. When this stable went up, perhaps the DeButts family felt wealthy enough to build for the future. Brick stables were common in England and Ireland at the time, so a building like this might have seemed natural to them.

This stable also has a few special details in the brickwork. If you look high up on the ends of the barn, called the gables, you’ll see holes in the bricks in the shape of a diamond. The holes help ventilate the building and appear in different patterns on old barns across northern Maryland and parts of Pennsylvania.

Some of the stable’s features were added long after it was built, such as the wide door on the south wall and the concrete floor. But the stable also has a few ghosts – traces of windows and doors that no longer exist.

[Three photos by:] Jon G. Dean
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 48.126′ N, 77° 0.458′ W. Marker is in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is
Oxon Hill Farm: the Brick Stable image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 22, 2011
2. Oxon Hill Farm: the Brick Stable
on Oxon Hill Farm Hiker Trail west of Bald Eagle Road. Click for map. Bald Eagle Road is accessible via Oxon Hill Road (MD 414), only - just west of Indian Head Hwy. (MD 210) on the south side of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495). Marker is at or near this postal address: 6411 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill MD 20745, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Two Centuries of Farm Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Wheat and Tobacco (within shouting distance of this marker); Root Cellar (within shouting distance of this marker); The Burning of Washington, D.C. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The DeButts Family Comes to Maryland - Mount Welby (about 300 feet away); Sweet Sorghum (about 400 feet away); War Comes to Mount Welby (about 500 feet away); A Farm for St. Elizabeths, 1891-1950 (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Oxon Hill.
 
Categories. AgricultureAntebellum South, USNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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