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

Belair

 
 
Belair Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 20, 2013
1. Belair Marker
Inscription. Governor Samuel Ogle (1692-1752) owned Belair, built circa 1745. The Georgian Palladian style house stands on a tobacco plantation that included gardens, a vineyard, deer park, horse stables and numerous dependencies. Ogle's son, Benjamin (1748-1809), also served as Maryland's governor from 1798 to 1801. Belair house five generations of Ogles before passing out of family ownership in 1871.

James T. Woodward (1837-1910) purchased the estate in 1898, and began to revive Belair. His nephew William Woodward (1876-1953) inherited Belair in 1910, improving the estate and adding wings designed by New York architects William Delano and Chester Aldrich. Woodward continued the history of Belair's role as the "cradle of thoroughbred racing". From Woodward's first track win in 1909, the Belair stud would acquire fame for the next half century.

Purchased by the William Levitt and Sons developers in 1957, Belair served as the Bowie City Hall from 1864 to 1978. Belair was restored in 1995 and opened in conjunction with the Friends of Belair Estate along with the stable as a part of the City of Bowie Museums System.
 
Erected by The City of Bowie.
 
Location. 38° 58.014′ N, 76° 44.797′ W. Marker is in Bowie
Belair Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 20, 2013
2. Belair Marker
, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Tulip Grove Drive half a mile west of Collington Road (Maryland Route 197), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie MD 20715, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belair on the Home Front (within shouting distance of this marker); Belair Stable (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Belair Stud Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); Belair Mansion (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Levitt and Sons, Belair-at-Bowie (approx. 0.8 miles away); Holy Trinity Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Sacred Heart Chapel - White Marsh (approx. 1.9 miles away); Melford and Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bowie.
 
Also see . . .  Belair Mansion. Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties (Submitted on April 27, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
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Belair image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, November 26, 2004
3. Belair
Belair Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 20, 2013
4. Belair Mansion
Belair Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 20, 2013
5. Belair Mansion
Needlepoint
On the men's room wall at the Belair Museum
Samuel Ogle image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 20, 2013
6. Samuel Ogle
attributed to Thomas Hudson, ca. 1745, private collection
From a display in the Belair Stable Museum
Benjamin Ogle I image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 20, 2013
7. Benjamin Ogle I
by Etienne Falconet, ca. 1765
From a display in the Belair Stable Museum
James T. Woodward image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 20, 2013
8. James T. Woodward
From a display at the Belair Stable Museum
William Woodward Sr. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 21, 2013
9. William Woodward Sr.
leading Gallant Fox, Earl Sande up.
by Fred Stone
From a poster in the Belair Stable Museum
Developer William Levitt image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 21, 2013
10. Developer William Levitt
From a display in the Bowie Railroad Museum
Bicentennial Time Capsule image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 20, 2013
11. Bicentennial Time Capsule

Time Capsule
presented to
City of Bowie
by
Belair Bowie Lions
1976 - 2026

(in 1976, Belair was Bowie's Town Hall)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,613 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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