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

Schrom Airport

 
 
Schrom Airport Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), February 15, 2019
1. Schrom Airport Marker
Inscription.  If you were standing on this site in 1930, you would have been surrounded by farmland. But "progress" was just beyond the trees where small planes took off and landed at the new Schrom Airport. Civil engineer William H. Schrom owned much of this land then. He had built a chicken farm here back in the 1890s on land just to the north that is now occupied by the Greenway Shopping Center and the Baltimore Washington Parkway. His son, Frederick ("Fritz") Scrhom, built an airport on his family's farm in 1928.

The Civilian Pilot Training Program used the field actively in the late 1930s to train student pilots, many of them from the University of Maryland. Try to imagine the airport's heyday in 1940: More than 50 planes roared across and over the field and 120 pilots, mechanics, and instructors flew, worked, and trained here.

The airport closed briefly during the war. In 1944 it reopened to serve as a training center for the Civil Air Patrol. Fritz Schrom's wife ran the airport while her husband finished his military service. The 2,000-3,000-foot grass runway, eventually paved in 1949, was located just north of what is now Hanover
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Parkway as it passes the Hunting Ridge development. The runway ended on land that became the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in 1954.

Today Schrom Hills Park provides a recreational focal point for residents of Greenbelt East. The City of Greenbelt acquired 43 acres of land for the park in 1986 and completed the park in 1991. The park includes a softball and soccer field, an ornamental allee, walkways, a fitness trail, a playground, indoor meeting facilities, and an outdoor group picnic shelter.
 
Erected by Greenbelt Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureAir & SpaceWar, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1930.
 
Location. 38° 59.099′ N, 76° 52.484′ W. Marker is in Lanham, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Hanover Parkway west of Village Park Drive, on the right when traveling west. On the grounds of Schrom Hills Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6915 Hanover Parkway, Lanham MD 20706, 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. Greenbelt Historic District (approx. 0.9 miles away); Greenbelt (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gladys Noon Spellman Trail and Overpass (approx. 0.9 miles away); Greenbelt Museum
Schrom Airport Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), February 15, 2019
2. Schrom Airport Marker
(approx. 1.1 miles away); City of Greenbelt (approx. 1.1 miles away); Community Center (approx. 1.1 miles away); Roosevelt Center (approx. 1.1 miles away); Eleanor Roosevelt (approx. 1.1 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 428 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on February 17, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 15, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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