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Bladensburg in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bostwick

 
 
Bostwick Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, June 9, 2013
1. Bostwick Marker
Inscription.  
Bostwick
Built in 1746 by Christopher Lowndes

Merchant -- Ship Builder
First Postmaster
Prominent Citizen of Blandensburg

Home of Benjamin Stoddert
First Secretary U.S. Navy 1789-1801
On National Register of Historical Places Aug 19, 1975

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansColonial Era. A significant historical date for this entry is August 19, 1929.
 
Location. 38° 56.267′ N, 76° 56.156′ W. Marker is in Bladensburg, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on 48th Avenue (Maryland Route 769C), on the right when traveling north. The marker is in front of Bostwick at 3901 48th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bladensburg MD 20710, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Workplace of Many Generations (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); British Stopover (about 300 feet away); Preserving the Past (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Bostwick (about 400 feet away); An Evolving Landscape (about 400 feet away);
Bostwick Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, June 9, 2013
2. Bostwick Marker
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The Market Square & Stone House (about 600 feet away); Casualties of War (about 700 feet away); Hilleary-Magruder House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bladensburg.
 
Additional commentary.
1. War of 1812
Benjamin Stoddert died in 1813. In August 1814 Bostwick was occupied by Thomas Barclay, British prisoner-of-war agent. His American counterpart John Mason had required him to move to Bladensburg. As British troops approached Bladensburg on August 24th, Mason ordered Barclay to move to Hagerstown. Barclay delayed, citing the need to guard his papers and his lack of a carriage. Mason sent him a carriage and Barclay left at 11:00 am, just before the battle began. His assistant George Barton entertained General Ross and other British officers here at Bostwick after the battle. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted June 10, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
 
Bostwick Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, June 9, 2013
3. Bostwick Marker
Bostwick image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, June 9, 2013
4. Bostwick
C. L. 1746 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2012
5. C. L. 1746
These black painted wrought lead letters on the chimney represent the first owner and builder of Bostwick, Christopher Lowndes.
HABS Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2012
6. HABS Plaque
This Structure has been recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey of the United States Department of the Interior for its archives at the Library of Congress. (This plaque is to the left of the front door.)
Chimney Buttress image. Click for full size.
Historic American Building Survey
7. Chimney Buttress
The chimney buttress at Bostwick was added by Benjamin Stoddart. The chambers inside the Buttress were intended be used as a jail for unruly slaves.
No Tresspassing image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, June 9, 2013
8. No Tresspassing
The grounds at Bostwick are currently closed to the public.
Advertisement image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, April 20, 2013
9. Advertisement
Christopher Lowndes and his brother-in-law Benjamin Tasker, junior were slave traders. This ad in the Maryland Gazette, May 28, 1752, announced the sale of men, women and children in Annapolis.
(photo from a display at Tasker's home, Belair.)


JUST IMPORTED
on the Elijah. Capt. James Lowe, directly from
the Coast of Africa
A Parcel of healthy Slaves consisting of Men, Women, and Children, and will be disposed of on board the said Vessel in Severn River, on Thursday the 4th Day of June for Sterling Money, Bills of Exchange, Gold, or Paper Currency.
Benjamin Tasker, junior.
Christopher Lowndes.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 10, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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