Oella in Howard County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
This site was Robert and Mary Bannaky's second farm; their first was 'Timber Point', a 25-acre lot in the vicinity of Elkridge. A highly skilled farmer, Robert's tobacco profits there, enabled him to buy this 100-acre parcel of the Richard Gist estate known as 'Stout', providing a larger homestead for his growing family. The original parcel , varied in terrain and rich in natural resources, extended across the National Road to the Patapsco River. Robert Bannaky included the name of his six-year old son, Benjamin, on the deed of sale, this securing the freedom of his children into perpetuity. Robert Bannaky worked and developed the farmstead until his death in 1759, when the property passed on to his son, Benjamin Banneker, a renown[ed] author, astronomer, and surveyor of the Federal Territory.
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Location. 39° 16.188′ N, 76° 46.523′ W. Marker is in Oella, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker can be reached from Odella Road. Touch for map. Marker is in Benjamin Banneker Historical Park at 300 Oella Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Catonsville MD 21228, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benjamin Banneker (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stone Farmhouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Banneker's Orchard (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Benjamin Banneker (approx. 0.4 miles away); The George Ellicott House (approx. one mile away); Oella (approx. one mile away); Ellicott’s Mills (approx. one mile away); Road Versus Rails (approx. 1.1 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia: Benjamin Banneker. (Submitted on September 7, 2015.)
2. Wikipedia: Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Baltimore County, Maryland. (Submitted on September 7, 2015.)
Categories. • African Americans • Agriculture •
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