“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Town of Berwyn Heights in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Charlton Avenue

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By Kerstin Harper, October 10, 2011
1. Charlton Avenue Marker
Inscription.  Benjamin Charlton (c. 1820-1894) was a prominent member of the Washington, D.C. business and social community. He was director at the Central National Bank and served on the Committee for the Inauguration of President Grover Cleveland. Charlton married Sarah, the daughter of Thomas Havenner, owner of the once famous Havenner’s Bakery in Washington, D.C., which Charlton inherited after his father-in-law’s death.

In 1888, Charlton joined five other businessmen to develop land along the B & O Railroad consisting of approximately 400 acres; 50 by 100 foot lots adjoining 50 foot streets laid out in an irregular pattern. They named this development Charlton Heights, after Benjamin Charlton. In the same year, the Charlton Heights Improvement Company (CHIC) was established. CHIC was created to attract white-collar workers from the city to this area. About two dozen, large Queen Anne and other Victorian-era style homes were built here.

After the demise of CHIC, Charlton Heights was renamed Berwyn Heights on April, 1896. The name Charlton Heights lives on in current land records.
Erected 2009 by Berwyn

Charlton Avenue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kerstin Harper, October 10, 2011
2. Charlton Avenue Marker
Heights Historical Committee.
Location. 38° 59.227′ N, 76° 54.661′ W. Marker is in Town of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is at the intersection of Charlton Avenue and Goucher Drive, on the right when traveling south on Charlton Avenue. Touch for map. This is one in a series of markers erected by the Berwyn Heights Historical Committee. The markers commemorate the historic street names of the Town of Berwyn Heights, which were frequently named after notable people. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7617 Charlton Avenue, College Park MD 20740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carrington Avenue (approx. ¼ mile away); Town of Berwyn Heights (approx. 0.3 miles away); Washington, Spa Spring & Gretta Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away); Edmonston Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); Berwyn Heights Armed Forces Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Waugh Avenue (approx. half a mile away); Family, Church and Community in Lakeland (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lakeland at the Beginning (approx. 0.6 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2012, by Kerstin Harper of Berwyn Heights, Maryland. This page has been viewed 389 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 29, 2012, by Kerstin Harper of Berwyn Heights, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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