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

Harrison Store

Trolley Stop Sweet Shop

 

— City of College Park —

 
Harrison Store/Trolley Stop Sweet Shop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 16, 2018
1. Harrison Store/Trolley Stop Sweet Shop Marker
Inscription.  These two structures, built circa 1910 in the Colonial Revival style, represent the first commercial resources in the neighborhood. Both buildings were apartments with ground floor commercial space. The store drew its customers from riders of the trolley line that linked College Park and other nearby towns with downtown Washington. Today, the site retains neighborhood commercial zoning and continues to have a mix of uses.

[Image caption:]
Photo courtesy College Park Planning Department


[Aside:]
[Image caption:]
Photo courtesy Frances White Walker


Commercial development is now concentrated along US Route 1 or Baltimore Avenue formerly known as the Washington-Baltimore Turnpike. White's Store, located at the intersection of College Avenue and Baltimore Avenue, was torn down around 1938 to make way for a new shopping center.

 
Erected by Anacostia Trails Heritage Area.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location.
Harrison Store/Trolley Stop Sweet Shop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 16, 2018
2. Harrison Store/Trolley Stop Sweet Shop Marker
38° 58.85′ N, 76° 55.914′ W. Marker is in College Park, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on College Avenue west of Dartmouth Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4624 College 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. Holbrook House (within shouting distance of this marker); Cory House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); McDonnell House (about 600 feet away); Old Parish House (about 600 feet away); Trolley Trail (about 600 feet away); Taliaferro House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Graham Cracker (approx. 0.2 miles away); City of College Park (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in College Park.
 
Additional comments.
1. Harrison Store
“One of the first {commercial buildings established} was the Harrison Store at 4624 College Avenue, erected in 1908 at the corner of College Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue. This modest wood-frame building was constructed as a one-story grocery store that was subsequently enlarged in the mid-1930s to provide residential space on the second story. The store was constructed for and operated by Wirt Harrison until 1941. The Harrison Store was also commonly known as the Trolley Stop Sweet Shop, as the streetcar stopped at the intersection
4624 College Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 16, 2018
3. 4624 College Avenue
where the building was located. Encouraged by the need for commercial facilities within the growing neighborhood, Wirt Harrison had a second structure constructed at 4622 College Park as rental property. From the time of its construction in 1912 until the middle of the 1930s, the second building was leased to the federal government for use as the College Park Post Office…” – National Register Form, Old Town College Park Historic District.
    — Submitted May 31, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
 
Harrison Store<br>Trolley Stop Sweet Shop image. Click for full size.
4. Harrison Store
Trolley Stop Sweet Shop
Close-up of photo on marker
White's Store image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 28, 2018
5. White's Store
Close-up of photo on marker, courtesy Frances White Walker
Harrison Store<br>Trolley Stop Sweet Shop image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 28, 2018
6. Harrison Store
Trolley Stop Sweet Shop
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   4, 5, 6. submitted on May 31, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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