Riverdale in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Riversdale Dependency
This dependency is the last surviving outbuilding from the Riversdale estate. Structural investigations indicate that it was likely built in the mid-nineteenth century, probably during the occupancy of Charles Benedict Calvert. however archaeological investigation of the dirt and clay floor revealed an earlier foundation, suggesting that there may have been a similar building on this site during the lifetimes of Rosalie and George Calvert.
This structure, approximately 30 feet east of the main house, is a simple two-story building with two entrances. Like the main house, it is constructed of brick and covered with stucco. A central chimney served a fireplace in each of the two side-by-side units and a stair ladder provided access to the second story.
Over the years this building had many different uses. An 1849 fire insurance policy refers to it as a "Servants House of Brick," while a later document suggests it was used as a kitchen. A listing in the 1860 census indicates
Location. 38° 57.621′ N, 76° 55.888′ W. Marker is in Riverdale, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Riverdale Road west of Taylor Road. Touch for map. Riverdale Road is parallel to East-West Highway (State Route 410). Taylor Road has an intersection with East-West Highway two blocks north of Riverdale Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale MD 20737, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This Demiculverin (within shouting distance of this marker); Signs of War (within shouting distance of this marker); Riverdale School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Riversdale (about 300 feet away); Riverdale Park (about 400 feet away); Eternal Tribute (approx. ¼ mile away); The Town of Riverdale Park (approx. ¼ mile away); From Plantation to Suburb; a Community Grows (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Riverdale.
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Also see . . . Adam Francis Plummer. (Submitted on October 5, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Adam Francis Plummer, slavery
Categories. • African Americans • Antebellum South, US • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,829 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on October 5, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 21, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 4. submitted on October 5, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 5, 6. submitted on November 9, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.