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

Marshall Hall

 
 
Marshall Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 16, 2013
1. Marshall Hall Marker
Inscription.
Marshall Hall, patented as “Mistake” in 1728 by Thomas Marshall, was the estate of the Marshall family from sometime after 1728 until 1857. Thomas Marshall (1694-1759), the first owner, is buried in the family cemetery on the property.

Marshall Hall is the westernmost end of Piscataway Park, established under federal legislation to preserve those lands which provide the principal overview from the Mount Vernon estate across the Potomac River and historic Fort Washington to the north.

The mansion house dates from the earliest period. Erected as a one and one-half story brick house and enlarged c. 1760, Marshall Hall is a good example of early eighteenth century Maryland colonial architecture. Prior to the destruction of a large portion of the mansion by fire in October 1981, its features were recorded in the Maryland Historical Trust (1971) and the National Park Service (1981). The small brick outbuilding behind the mansion probably also dates from the earliest period.

Illustration captions:

Marshall Hall, c.1890 - Rearview, the view you are facing

Front of mansion house, facing river

First floor plan

[Entrance to the Marshall Hall Amusement Park (photo, circa 1900)]
 
Erected by U.S. Dept. of the Interior:
Marshall Hall Mansion House and Dependancy image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 16, 2013
2. Marshall Hall Mansion House and Dependancy
- in disrepair since the devastating fire of 1970.
National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 41.052′ N, 77° 5.89′ W. Marker is in Accokeek, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Marshall Hall Driveway east of Marshall Hall Rd. (Maryland Route 227), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is off the driveway, half-way between its split from Marshall Hall Road (MD-227) and the remains of the Marshall Hall mansion house to the north. Marker is in this post office area: Accokeek MD 20607, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Marshall Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); First People of the Potomac (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Old Vault (approx. 1.6 miles away in Virginia); Slavery at Mount Vernon (approx. 1.6 miles away in Virginia); In Memory of the Many Faithful Colored Servants (approx. 1.6 miles away in Virginia); Mount Vernon's Slave Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away in Virginia); Tomb of Washington (approx. 1.6 miles away in Virginia); Leaf, Land, and People (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Accokeek.
 
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Also see . . .
Marshall Hall Mansion House: "Warning - Hazardous Structure - Keep Out" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 16, 2013
3. Marshall Hall Mansion House: "Warning - Hazardous Structure - Keep Out"

1. Marshall Hall on the Potomac: A Revolutionary Family. In 1759 Thomas [Marshall] was survived by his two children: Sarah Marshall Dent, and Thomas Hanson Marshall, who inherited the estate. Brother and sister were married to brother and sister - John and Rebecca Dent - whose father, Colonel George Dent, was Chief Justice of Maryland. Sarah’s husband, John Dent, rose to the rank of general during the American Revolution and their sons, Thomas Marshall Dent and George Dent, became captains in the Revolutionary War. Thomas, born October 22 1761, was the maternal grandfather of Confederate Lt. General James Longstreet. George served in the Maryland Legislature, becoming Speaker of the House before federal election to Congress for two terms as a supporter of Thomas Jefferson. Their daughter, Ann Herbert Dent (born October 30, 1756) married Captain William M. Wilkinson of the Revolutionary War. Ann's daughter, Jane Herbert (Dent) Wilkinson, was born July 23, 1798 on Truman's Place plantation near the Patuxent River in Charles County. Jane married Doctor James Long and went on to fame as the "Mother of Texas."
Thomas Hanson Marshall was a member of the group of Marylanders who opposed the British before the Declaration of Independence was signed. He was an original member of the Committee on Correspondence for Charles Co., and one of 18 men elected at Port Tobacco
The Marshall Family Cemetery, looking south image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 16, 2013
4. The Marshall Family Cemetery, looking south
- Note the mansion house chimneys, visible beyond the fence line, upper middle.
on June 14, 1774 to protest the closing of Boston Harbor by the British to penalize the Massachusetts colonists. In 1776, at age 45, he was appointed captain of the militia in Charles Co. His son Thomas, then 19, enlisted as a private in his father’s company.
The Marshalls and Hansons were patriots during our struggle for liberty. Included in the list of the seventeen signers of the Maryland Oath of Allegiance were John Hanson Marshall, John Marshall Hanson, and Thomas Marshall Hanson. They were neighbors related by Randall Hanson, great-grandfather of Thomas Hanson Marshall and grandfather of John Hanson (born 1715). As president of the Continental Congress, and on behalf of that body, John Hanson had the honor of welcoming home General Washington after his victory over Lord Cornwallis. This has caused some historians to dub him “first president of the United States.” For his service to our county, the State of Maryland honored him with a place in Statuary Hall... (Submitted on January 5, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. Marshall Hall Photos - 1930-1970. (Submitted on January 5, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Arson, 1980; plantations; President John Hanson;
Marshall Hall - Amusement Park Entrance image. Click for full size.
Detail from Image on Marker
5. Marshall Hall - Amusement Park Entrance
slavery; Whites-only amusement parks.

 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesPoliticsWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels
 
Marshall Hall Floor Plan image. Click for full size.
Detail from marker image
6. Marshall Hall Floor Plan
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 550 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 4, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2, 3, 4. submitted on January 5, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5, 6. submitted on January 7, 2014, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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