Bladensburg in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Market Square & Stone House
— Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —
Christopher Lowndes, a prominent English merchant, constructed a small stone building here around 1760. Although he lived at Bostwick on the hill to the east, this property stayed in the Lowndes family until 1883. Over the past 250 years, Lowndes's stone building appears to have served as a post stop, a general store, and a domestic residence. During the 18th century people would have met in the space in front of the house, known as the "market square" to trade goods and visit with their neighbors.
Although free and enslaved people of African descent were part of the Bladensburg community, there is no evidence of them being bought and sold here. Indentured servants from Great Britain disembarked at the Port of Bladensburg, but slave ships from Africa were unloaded at Georgetown and Annapolis.
Erected 2014 by Maryland State Highway Administration.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Anthropology & Archaeology Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1760.
Location. 38° 56.351′ N, 76° 56.209′ W. Marker is in Bladensburg, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is at the intersection of Annapolis Road (Maryland Route 450) and Kenilworth Avenue (Maryland Route 201) when traveling east on Annapolis Road. Marker is just east of the Kenilworth Avenue Overpass. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4713 Annapolis Road, 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. Hilleary-Magruder House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Casualties of War (about 300 feet away); Bostwick (about 600 feet away); British Stopover (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Workplace of Many Generations (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Bostwick (approx. 0.2 miles away); Preserving the Past (approx. 0.2 miles away); An Evolving Landscape (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bladensburg.
Also see . . .
1. The Market Master's House and Square: An Introductory History. Bladensburg Archeology (Submitted on August 3, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. An Artist's View. Les Barker's discussion of his painting of the Market Master's House. (Submitted on August 3, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
3. Interactive Paintings,. Three Les Barker paintings of Bladensburg including "Open for Business" with mouse-over commentary. (Submitted on August 3, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 3. submitted on August 4, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 3, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.