Edmonston in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Adam F. Plummer
Born into slavery to the powerful Calvert Family, literate and educated Adam Francis Plummer rose to become the foreman for Charles Benedict Calvert (founder of the University of Maryland and member of Congress). Working on the nearby Riversdale plantation, he kept a diary of family life and attempted several escapes without success. At the close of the Civil War, Plummer and his wife Emily set out to reunite his family after several had been sold to the deep south during slavery.
In 1870 Plummer purchased 10 acres on the south end of the plantation (present-day Edmonston) to establish a settlement for his newly freed family. With an expertise in horticulture and a fondness for roses, he named the community Mt. Rose after the gardens established here.
A century later Adam Francis Plummer became a figure of major historical significance when his diary was found to be the only diary of any slave in U.S. history. The diary is now in the care of the Smithsonian.
Location. 38° 57.093′ N, 76° 56.04′ W. Marker is in Edmonston, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Taylor Road near 50th Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. This painting is on
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Remarkable Plummer Family (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Edmonston Veterans Park (about 800 feet away but has been reported missing); The City of Hyattsville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Route One, Our Hometown Main Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Hyattsville National Historic District (approx. half a mile away); This Demiculverin (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Riversdale Dependency (approx. 0.6 miles away); Signs of War (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Edmonston.
Also see . . . Adam Francis Plummer - A Case Study of Slavery in Prince George's County. (Submitted on August 28, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 430 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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.