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

Town of Berwyn Heights

Anacostia Trails Heritage Area

Town of Berwyn Heights Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, May 18, 2019
1. Town of Berwyn Heights Marker
Welcome to the Town of Berwyn Heights

Established in 1888 on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, this approximately 1-square mile residential community was first named Charlton Heights, and became Berwyn Heights when incorporated in 1896.

The hillsides of the Indian Creek on which Berwyn Heights sits were once home to Native Americans known as the Anacostanks. Artifacts, such as arrowheads, stone axes and other archaic tools, sitll turn up along the Creek after a flood or when people work their gardens.

The first city dwellers came here to escape Washington's pollution and hot summers and enjoy healthier rural surroundings. Many kept chickens, orchards and kitchen gardens on their large properties. A number of beautiful Victorian homes remain from that period.

A second growth spurt occurred in the 1910s, following the opening of a streetcar line. This generation of homeowners built the community. They formed the Berwyn Heights Association to manage the upkeep of streets, bridges and schools before turning these responsibilities over to a formal town government in 1924.

Town of Berwyn Heights Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, May 18, 2019
2. Town of Berwyn Heights Marker
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people move to Berwyn Heights because of its small town character and the many recreational opportunities provided by Greenbelt Park, Lake Artemesia and the Anacostia Trails.

1 Town Hall
Comprises municipal building housing the Town government, Town Museum, and a 2-story former fire house that now functions as venue for community events and meetings.

2 Berwyn Heights Elementary School & Community Center
Public elementary school with gymnasium surrounded by recreational facilities. The school court yard showcases an educational garden maintained by students and the PTA. Former site of the St. Ann's Infant Asylum.

3 Pop's Park
Playground with picnic area.

4 Sports Park
Site of Boys & Girls Club's ball fields and comfort station with rest rooms.

5 Indian Creek Park
Native American-themed playground and ball fields adjacent to Indian Creek Trail.

6 Historic Walking Tour (red line)
Showcases Victorian pattern book houses along Ruatan Street, Berwyn Road, and other streets. Walking tour brochure available at Historical Committee website (, Town Museum and at Indian Creek Trailhead.

[Back of sign:]
Maryland Milestones
Town of Berwyn Heights Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, May 18, 2019
3. Town of Berwyn Heights Marker
Trails Heritage Area

Maryland Milestones Centers

1 National Wildlife Visitor Center
(serving ATHA North)
10901 Scarlett Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD

2 Historic Greenbelt & Greenbelt Museum
(Serving Greenbelt, Berwyn Heights & College Park)
15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD
Mon-Sat 9a - 10p, Sun 9a - 7p

3 College Park Aviation Museum
(Serving College Park, Riverdale Park & University Park)
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD
Daily 10a-5p

4 ATHA Heritage Center
(Information Center & General Offices)
4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD
Call for hours

5 Bladensburg Waterfront Park (War of 1812 Information
(Serving Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, & Edmonston)
4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD
Daily 9a-5p, Park open sunrise to sunset

6 Joe's Movement Emporium (Arts District)
(Serving Mount Ranier, Brentwood, North Brentwood & Hyattsville)
3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Ranier, MD
Mon-Sat 10a-9p, Sun 10a-6p

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative AmericansParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
Location. 38° 59.595′ N, 76° 55.159′ W. Marker is in Berwyn Heights, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Berwyn Road west of Ruatan Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5518 Berwyn Rd, 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. Keleher Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Town of Berwyn Heights (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waugh Avenue (about 700 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 800 feet away); Welcome to the Luther Goldman Birding Trail (approx. ¼ mile away); Washington, Spa Spring & Gretta Railroad (approx. ¼ mile away); Origins of Lake Artemesia (approx. ¼ mile away); Dervey Augusta Lomax (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berwyn Heights.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 96 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 18, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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May. 25, 2022