Croom in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
American Indian Legacy
American Indians inhabited Billingsley for at least 8,000 years. The Mattapany and Patuxon Indians occupied the property when Lord Baltimore granted it to Major John Billingsley in 1662. The 1674 Proceedings of the General Assembly of Maryland state: "That the Mattapnay & Patuxon Indians doe Continue upon the Land on which they now live...Billingsle, having formerly Purchased it of the said Indians..."
Unearthing the Colonial Past
Colonel Thomas Hollyday bought the property from Billingsley's heirs in 1687. Hollyday, an influential man in political and business circles at Mount Calvert, built a house on the property. The building is long gone, but in 1999 archaeologists uncovered the ruins of a wood frame building adjacent to the existing house. They believe it was Hollyday's house.
The brick house at Billingsley was constructed in the 1740s, most likely by Dr. James Weems. The Weems family occupied Billingsley for the next 100 years, and the Meloy family owned the property for most of the 20th Century.
Location. 38° 47.122′ N, 76° Click for map. Marker is in the Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park, at the back of the plantation house. Marker is in this post office area: Upper Marlboro MD 20772, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Calvert Federal Period Plantation House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Calvert Manor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park (about 300 feet away); African-Americans at Mount Calvert (about 300 feet away); Explosive Scene (about 300 feet away); The War of 1812 and the Chesapeake Flotilla (about 300 feet away); Chesapeake Beach Railway (about 400 feet away); Mount Calvert, Early Town (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Croom.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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