Berwyn Heights in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Town of Berwyn Heights
Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
Established in 1888 as a commuter suburb 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 B&O trains stopped at Waugh Avenue (now Berwyn Road), then a vital connection to Berwyn, where the post office, general store and other businesses were located. A pretty Victorian station house once stood on the west side of the tracks, built in 1890 with money raised by locals served by the trains. The station continued to stop there until the opening of Metro's Green Line.
The trains not only served passengers, but also brought in goods and supplies. Former Blundon Avenue, now under Metro tracks, ran next to the B&O and was used for on- and offloading freight. In the early 20th century, entire kit homes were built by the resident-owned Berwyn Heights Company. Mail order homes from Sears Roebuck, Harris and Aladdin Companies still dot Berwyn Heights and add to the variety of architectural styles found in the Town.
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 (berwynehightshistory.wordpress.com), Town Museum and at Indian Creek Trailhead.
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Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
1 National Wildlife Visitor Center
(serving ATHA North)
10901 Scarlett Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD
(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
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
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area Authority.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
Location. 38° 59.438′ N, 76° 54.389′ W. Marker is in Berwyn Heights, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is at the intersection of Berwyn Road and Pontiac Street, on the right when traveling south on Berwyn Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Edmonston Road (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carrington Avenue (about 500 feet away); Charlton Avenue (approx. 0.3 miles away); Duncanson Avenue (approx. 0.4 miles away); Washington, Spa Spring & Gretta Railroad (approx. half a mile away); Greenbelt Park (approx. half a mile away); Armed Forces Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Waugh Avenue (approx. 0.6 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 100 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 18, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.