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

Billingsley's Point

 
 
Billingsley's Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 19, 2013
1. Billingsley's Point Marker
Inscription. At Billingsley's Point, just north of Mount Calvert, archaeologists have recovered thousands of artifacts from both the American Indian and colonial periods.

American Indian Legacy
American Indians inhabited Billingsley for at least 8,000 years. The Mattapany and Patuxon Indians occupied the property when Lord Baltimore granted it to Major John Billingsley in 1662. The 1674 Proceedings of the General Assembly of Maryland state: "That the Mattapnay & Patuxon Indians doe Continue upon the Land on which they now live...Billingsle, having formerly Purchased it of the said Indians..."

Unearthing the Colonial Past
Colonel Thomas Hollyday bought the property from Billingsley's heirs in 1687. Hollyday, an influential man in political and business circles at Mount Calvert, built a house on the property. The building is long gone, but in 1999 archaeologists uncovered the ruins of a wood frame building adjacent to the existing house. They believe it was Hollyday's house.

The brick house at Billingsley was constructed in the 1740s, most likely by Dr. James Weems. The Weems family occupied Billingsley for the next 100 years, and the Meloy family owned the property for most of the 20th Century.
 
Location. 38° 47.122′ N, 76° 
Billingsley's Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 19, 2013
2. Billingsley's Point Marker
Overlooking the Patuxent River and Billingsley's Point.
42.879′ W. Marker is in Croom, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Mount Calvert Road 0.4 miles east of McClure Road. Touch for map. Marker is in the Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park, at the back of the plantation house. Marker is in this post office area: Upper Marlboro MD 20772, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Calvert Federal Period Plantation House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Calvert Manor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park (about 300 feet away); African-Americans at Mount Calvert (about 300 feet away); Explosive Scene (about 300 feet away); The War of 1812 and the Chesapeake Flotilla (about 300 feet away); Chesapeake Beach Railway (about 400 feet away); Mount Calvert, Early Town (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Croom.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Mount Calvert Plantation House image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 19, 2013
3. Mount Calvert Plantation House
Rear view of the house; marker is in the lower left corner.
Billingsley's Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 26, 2014
4. Billingsley's Point Marker
Billingsley in the distance
Anna Meloy and son Ralph<br>owners of Billingsley, 1928 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 26, 2014
5. Anna Meloy and son Ralph
owners of Billingsley, 1928
Close-up of photo on marker
Billingsley House Museum, 2004 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 26, 2014
6. Billingsley House Museum, 2004
Close-up of photo on marker
Spear points<br>Archaeic Period<br>(7500-1000 BC) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 26, 2014
7. Spear points
Archaeic Period
(7500-1000 BC)
close-up of photo on marker
Colonial Period ceramics<br>1600 and 1700s image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 26, 2014
8. Colonial Period ceramics
1600 and 1700s
Close-up of photo on marker
Billingsley<br>Seen from Mt. Calvert image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 26, 2014
9. Billingsley
Seen from Mt. Calvert
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 426 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 1, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on December 27, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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