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

The Town of Riverdale Park

The Town of Riverdale Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, September 15, 2007
1. The Town of Riverdale Park Marker
Welcome to the Town of Riverdale Park

Formally incorporated in 1920, the town of Riverdale Park derives its name fom historic Riversdale plantation. Riversdale Mansion still stands today, surrounded by the community that grew up around it.

A visit to Riverdale Park is a delightful journey through Maryland history. Town Center, the historic business district, features shops and attractions including a replica of a vintage B&O train station.

In addition to Riversdale mansion, several homes are listed on the Maryland Historic Trust's Register of Historic Places.

Enjoy your visit to Riverdale Park. Experience our community pride and our Maryland heritage. It is a nice place to visit and a great place to live!

1 Town Center. Enjoy shops and restaurants in a quaint historic setting. You are here.

2 MARC Rail Station. This functioning MARC station is a replica of the original B&O train station that served Riverdale Park for many years. You are here.

3 Calvert Memorial Park. Calvert family cemetery. Distance: 1 minute walk

The two Riverdale markers together image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, September 15, 2007
2. The two Riverdale markers together
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Riversdale Mansion.
The restored mansion is open for tours two days a week, or by appointment. Distance: 7 minute walk

5 Municipal Government. Police, Town Office and Public Works. Distance: 12 minute walk

6 Northeast Branch Trail. Part of the Anacostia Tributary Trails system. Appropriate for hiking, running and biking. Distance: 14 minutes

7 American Center for Physics. Within driving distance.
Historic Homes and Buildings. Architectural styles of Riversdale Park’s private homes vary widely and include large Victorians, cozy cottages and post-war bungalows. There are also many examples of early 20th century Sears “Honor Bilt Modern Homes.” Estimated length of walking tour is 45 minutes.
Erected by Anacostia Trails Heritage Area.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureCemeteries & Burial SitesRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) 🚂 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
Location. 38° 57.762′ N, 76° 56.127′ W. Marker is in Riverdale Park, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is at the intersection
Calvert Memorial Park sign image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, September 15, 2007
3. Calvert Memorial Park sign
of Queensbury Road and Rhode Island Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Queensbury Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4650 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD 20737, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Plantation to Suburb; a Community Grows (here, next to this marker); This Clock (a few steps from this marker); Calvert Family Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eternal Tribute (about 400 feet away); Welcome to Riversdale (approx. 0.2 miles away); Riversdale (approx. ¼ mile away); Signs of War (approx. ¼ mile away); Riverdale Park (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Riverdale Park.
Regarding The Town of Riverdale Park. Formal tours have been given of the homes in nearby Hyattsville. The photographer has been given informal tours of the neighborhood and agrees that it is well worth seeing.
Riverdale MARC station image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, September 15, 2007
4. Riverdale MARC station
Riverdale is on MARC's Camden Line. This railroad is also used by CSX freight trains. This is the CSX Capitol Branch between Baltimore and Washington.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,516 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 17, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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