Layhill in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Lifetime of Exploration
August 8, 1866 - Born in Charles County, Maryland.
1877-1879 - At the age of 12, leaves home to live in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD.
1879-1884 - Joins the crew of the ship "Katie Hines" as a cabin boy and explores the world. Learns to read, write, and navigate.
1887 - Joins Robert E. Peary to assist in the survey of Nicaragua for a possible canal.
1889 - Moves to Philadelphia and works as a messenger at the League Island Navy Yard.
1891 - Goes to the Greenland Expedition with Peary and lives with the Inuit for over a year.
1895 - Returns from the north to work at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
1908 - Leaves on the USS Roosevelt for a last attempt at reaching the North Pole.
1909 - Reaches the North Pole with Peary and plants the American flag.
1913-1936 - Clerks in the federal customs house in New York.
1944 - Congress awards him the Peary Polar Medal.
1954 - Honored by President Eisenhower at the White House with his wife Lucy Henson.
March 9, 1955 -
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Exploration • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 39° 4.887′ N, 77° 2.849′ W. Marker is in Layhill, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Layhill Road (Maryland Route 182) north of Middlevale Lane, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13800 Layhill Road, Silver Spring MD 20906, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bioretention Gardens (a few steps from this marker); Cisterns (approx. 1.3 miles away); Conservation Landscaping (approx. 1.3 miles away); Reforestation (approx. 1.4 miles away); Conduit Track Switch and Crossover (approx. 1.4 miles away); Old Glory (approx. 1˝ miles away); Kemp Mill (approx. 1˝ miles away); Emerald Ash Borer (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Layhill.
Also see . . . Matthew Henson Trail. (Submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on February 19, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 27, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7. submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 8. submitted on June 27, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.