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

Two Centuries of Farm Buildings

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, September 17, 2011
1. Two Centuries of Farm Buildings Marker
Inscription. The buildings on this property are clues to the lives of the people who lived here over the past two centuries. Sixteen buildings stand on the main part of the property. They all say something about who lived here, the crops they grew, and the animals they raised.

Mount Welby Era: 1800-1840s

The three oldest buildings at Oxon Cove Park date from the early 1800s. Dr. Samuel DeButts, Mary Welby DeButts, and their childen lived on the farm and called their home Mount Welby, in honor of Mary's family.

St. Elizabeths Era: 1890s-1960s

Five buildings survive from the days when St. Elizabeths Hospital owned and ran the farm. They are the hexagonal outbuilding, horse and pony barn, hay barn, feed building, and dairy barn and silo.

National Park Service Buildings

The rest of the buildings, in the main part of the park were constructed after the National Park Service began operating a children's farm here in 1967. They are the grain exhibit building, chicken coop, farm museum, rabbit shed, windmill, tool shed, sorghum syrup shed, and Visitor Barn. At the Visitor Barn, you can find crafts, toys books, exhibits, computer farm game brochures, and a park ranger or volunteer to help you with your visit. Rest rooms are across the main road from the Visitor
Two Centuries of Farm Buildings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 17, 2011
2. Two Centuries of Farm Buildings Marker
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Location. 38° 48.118′ N, 77° 0.434′ W. Marker is in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Oxon Hill Bike Trail. Touch for map. In Oxon Hill Farm Park. Marker is in this post office area: Oxon Hill MD 20745, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Why a Brick Stable? (within shouting distance of this marker); Sweet Sorghum (within shouting distance of this marker); Wheat and Tobacco (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Root Cellar (about 300 feet away); The Burning of Washington, D.C. (about 400 feet away); The DeButts Family Comes to Maryland - Mount Welby (about 500 feet away); A Farm for St. Elizabeths, 1891-1950 (about 600 feet away); War Comes to Mount Welby (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxon Hill.
 
Categories. AgricultureNotable Buildings
 
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By Allen C. Browne, September 17, 2011
3. Farmhouse, Root Cellar, Brick Stable

Farmhouse:

Built between 1800 and 1811, the farmhouse is the oldest building on the property.

Root Cellar:

Down the hill from the farmhouse, a one story root cellar with a gable roof was constructed about 1830.

Brick Stable:

The Brick Stable, down the lane from the farmhouse and the root cellar, was also built about 1830. Most barns and stables in Maryland were made of wood in the mid-1800s.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 24, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 24, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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