Croom in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Duckett Cabin
This hand-hewn log cabin was built in Aquasco, Maryland, around 1880 as a farm tenant house. This "one-up-and-one-down" design with one room and a loft was typically used for slave cabins during the early 1800s. By the late 1800s, it was the standard style for most low-income households in rural America. Notice that the chimney is leaning on a pole. This was a safety precaution adopted in response to frequent chimney fires. The pole could quickly be removed, allowing the chimney to fall away from the house, thus saving the cabin from fire.
The Trueman family's oral history attributed the construction of this cabin to former slave Charles Duckett. In 1864, Duckett enlisted in the Union Navy, joining the 19th regiment of the United States Colored Troops, Company 1. At the end of the Civil War, Duckett worked as a farm hand on the Trueman property in Aquasco. He built this cabin around 1880. Later, Duckett probably married Juliet Blake Gross, also a former slave.
This cabin was occupied until the 1920s. In the 1970s, the Trueman family donated the abandoned cabin to the M-NCPPC. Restoration of the cabin was completed
Erected by Maryland-National Capital Parks Planning Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Architecture • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 38° 46.357′ N, 76° 42.721′ W. Marker is in Croom, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Park Entrance Road, 1.7 miles north of Croom Airport Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Upper Marlboro MD 20772, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sears House (a few steps from this marker); The Blacksmith Shop (a few steps from this marker); Blown to Atoms (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Climate Change and Jug Bay (about 600 feet away); Charles Town (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Americans at Mount Calvert (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Chesapeake Beach Railway (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Croom.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 16, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 257 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 16, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.