Berwyn Heights in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Town of Berwyn Heights
Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
— Welcome to the Town of Berwyn Heights —
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.
Today's Greenbelt Road sits on top of the old Branchville Road, which connected the Baltimore-Washington Turnpike (Route 1) and the Branchville stop of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (now CSX) with the properties of the Walker family who used to own the land around Greenbelt. Jonathan T. Walker and his son James owned the land just south of Branchville Road before they sold it to the developers of Charlton Heights. The property was called Ore Bank Farm because of a mine that produced, at its peak, 50 tons of iron ore per week. The iron was sent by rail to Baltimore furnaces for smelting.
Former mines, mills and farms have given way to retail businesses, government agencies and the University of Maryland as principal employers of the people who live here. Yet, many tradesmen and small businesses continue to make Berwyn Heights their home.
Erected by Maryland Heritage
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 38° 59.592′ N, 76° 55.254′ W. Marker is in Berwyn Heights, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on 55th Avenue south of Berwyn Road, on the right when traveling north. On the parking lot for Lake Artemesia Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8326 55th 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. A different marker also named Town of Berwyn Heights (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Keleher Avenue (about 600 feet away); Welcome to the Luther Goldman Birding Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Waugh Avenue (approx. 0.2 miles away); Armed Forces Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Origins of Lake Artemesia (approx. ¼ mile away); Dervey Augusta Lomax (approx. ¼ mile away); Washington, Spa Spring & Gretta Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berwyn Heights.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on October 12, 2020, by Kerstin Harper of Berwyn Heights, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 17, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.