Bladensburg in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The following advertisement, promoting the ropewalk of prominent merchant and town founder Christopher Lowndes, appeared in the June 26, 1755, issue of the Maryland Gazette newspaper:
To Be Sold by the Subscriber, at his Rope-Walk in Bladensburg, All Sorts of Cables, standing and running Rigging of every Sort and Size; also Spun-Yarn, Marline, Housing, Amber-line, deep See-Lines, Log-Lines, Lead-Lines, and any Kind of Rope that can be made of Hemp; likewise Sail-Twine, Whipping Twine, Seine-Twine, Drum Lines, &c. Any person wanting a Quantity, not under Five Ton, shall have it delivered at their Landing on this Bay, at the same Price it sells for at the Walk; and all Orders shall be strictly observed, both as to Size and Length. - Christopher Lowndes
A portion of the Plymouth Cordage Company, a ropewalk similar to the one that existed in Bladensburg, in on exhibit at Mystic Seaport
Text with upper-right illustration: Plate 476, entitled "Ropemaking II," from Diderot's Eighteenth Century Encyclopedia of Trades and Industry
Text with middle-right illustration: Spinning loft, at Mystic Seaport, where raw fibers were twisted into yarn.
Text with middle photo: Front view of the Plymouth Cordage Company ropewalk rebuilt at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut.
Text with lower-right photo: Side view of the Plymouth Cordage Company ropewalk being rebuilt in 1951 for Mystic Seaport.
Location. 38° 56.081′ N, 76° 56.303′ W. Marker is in Bladensburg, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Annapolis Road (Maryland Route 450) and 46th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in Bladensburg Waterfront Park, .2 miles south of the entrance at this intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Bladensburg MD 20710, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Telegraph Line (1844) (a few steps from this marker); Joshua Barney's Barge and the Chesapeake Flotilla Bladensburg Floods (1742-1954) (within shouting distance of this marker); Encampment of Coxey's Army (1894) (within shouting distance of this marker); The Incidental Cause of the Star-Spangled Banner (1814) (within shouting distance of this marker); Dinosaur Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); Duels and the Bladensburg Dueling Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); Clearing the Way to Washington (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bladensburg.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,377 times since then and 166 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 8, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. 2. submitted on July 18, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 29, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7. submitted on June 8, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.