Beltsville in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Ammendale Normal Institute
The novitiate opened in 1880, and the Ammendale stop on the nearby Baltimore and Ohio Railroad provided easy access to and from both Washington and Baltimore. In the summer of 1883, construction began on the principal Institute building, designed by Baltimore architect Thomas C. Kennedy. One hundred feet in length, this building was completed in December 1884. Construction of the flanking wings, which eventually doubled the length of the building, was begun in the fall of 1886. The completed building, with its mansard roofs, central bell tower and outstanding Queen Anne style decorative detail, was blessed by James Cardinal Gibbons in May, 1888.
The Christian Brothers gradually increased their acreage to 400 acres and, until the 1940's, operated a farm that supplied and supported the school. In 1969, after years of decreasing enrollment, the Institute closed, but the property remained the home
Location. 39° 3.028′ N, 76° 53.886′ W. Marker is in Beltsville, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Baltimore Avenue (U.S. 1) south of Ammendale Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beltsville MD 20705, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Van Horn's Tavern (approx. half a mile away); Van Horn’s Tavern (approx. 1.1 miles away); Queen’s Chapel Methodist Church, Established 1868 (approx. 1.3 miles away); Ebenezer Meeting House (approx. 1.3 miles away); When the Iron was Hot: African America Ironworkers of Muirkirk (approx. 1½ miles away); Iron Production: Maryland's Industrial Past - The Iron Making Process (approx. 1½ miles away); Abraham Hall: A Historic African American Benevolent Lodge (approx. 1½ miles away); Three Sisters: Close Knit Communities of the Laurel Area. (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beltsville.
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