Riverdale Park in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Riversdale Dependency
Large estates, such as Riversdale, had a number of outbuildings. These support structures, or dependencies, were essential to the operation of a large property. Historians and archaeologists have documented that a kitchen, servant quarters, wash house, smokehouse, privy, and garden wall formerly occupied the yard east (this side) of the mansion.
This dependency is the last surviving outbuilding from the Riversdale estate. Structural investigations indicate that it was likely built in the mid-nineteenth century, probably during the occupancy of Charles Benedict Calvert. however archaeological investigation of the dirt and clay floor revealed an earlier foundation, suggesting that there may have been a similar building on this site during the lifetimes of Rosalie and George Calvert.
This structure, approximately 30 feet east of the main house, is a simple two-story building with two entrances. Like the main house, it is constructed of brick and covered with stucco. A central chimney served a fireplace in each of the two side-by-side units and a stair ladder provided access to the second story.
Over the years this
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
Location. 38° 57.621′ N, 76° 55.888′ W. Marker is in Riverdale Park, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Riverdale Road west of Taylor Road. Riverdale Road is parallel to East-West Highway (State Route 410). Taylor Road has an intersection with East-West Highway two blocks north of Riverdale Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale MD 20737, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Betty's Garden (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to the Riverdsale Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); This Demiculverin (within shouting distance of this marker); Signs of War (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to RiversdaleRiverdale School (about 300 feet away); Riverdale Park (about 400 feet away); Eternal Tribute (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Riverdale Park.
More about this marker. Park at the mansion's parking lot on 48th Avenue at Oliver Street.
Also see . . . Adam Francis Plummer. (Submitted on October 5, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Adam Francis Plummer, slavery
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,946 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on October 5, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on December 3, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 21, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 5. submitted on October 5, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 6. submitted on November 9, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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