Oxon Hill in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Salubria Changed the Future of the Potomac Valley
Maryland emancipation allowed African-descended people to live independently. Some, like Benjamin Addison, a newly freed man, moved with his free wife, Louisa Magruder, and their six children to Massachusetts. Others, like Augustus and Linly Berry and their children, remained in the Potomac Valley, forming communities such as Chapel Hill. They worked mostly as tenant farmers or servants. They worshiped openly at St. John’s Episcopal Church Broad Creek, or free Blacks established new congregations in the area. They married legally, learned to read and write, attended school, bought land, and voted.
lower left: The ruins of “Want Water” mansion (1698-1700) still stand along the Potomac River.
Courtesy of the U.S. Park Service
upper left middle: ”Next to Salubria stands the ‘Butler House’, a farm owned by free Blacks in the early 1850s. It is still owned by the family today.”
Courtesy of Washington Post.
“Cows similar to those bred by colonial settlers are presented as a public attraction at the famed Accokeek Foundation along the Potomac”
Courtesy of Accokeek Foundation
lower right: “Schools for the children of freed slaves included one at the African American community of Chapel Hill in Prince George’s Potomac Valley.”
Courtesy of the Library of Congress
Erected 2014 by Tanger Outlets: Experience Salubria.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Agriculture • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 38° 47.58′ N, 77° 0.217′ W. Marker is in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6800 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill MD 20745, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Judah and Resistance (here, next to this marker); Slavery in the Potomac Valley (a few steps from this marker); Dr. John H. Bayne: A Leader In His Community (a few steps from this marker); Emancipation in Maryland (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. John H. Bayne of Salubria “Prince of Horticulture” (within shouting distance of this marker); Front Door to Maryland History (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Hanson (about 700 feet away); Welcome to Salubria (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxon Hill.
Also see . . . The Butler House: Oxon Hill, MD. - early African American homestead - National Register of Historic Places, 2005 (Submitted on July 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 597 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 3. submitted on July 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 22, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.