Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
—A Workplace of Many Generations —
In the 1820s, the Stephen Family owned the Bostwick property along with 17 enslaved workers ranging in age from a newborn to a man of 75 years, these workers tended to the small gardens and orchard, and provided the labor to run the household. By the 20 century, the property had become a rural retreat amid the growing metropolis of Washington, D.C., and served as a private residence with a small kitchen garden, horses, and a few cattle tended by family members and some hired hands.
As described in the Maryland Gazette (right), Christopher Lowndes, a major importer of
Maryland Gazette, September 13, 1764.
Ran away from the Subscriber at Bladensburg, on the first of this instant September, a Negro Man named Joe, about 35 Years old, of a low Stature, and has a very wide Walk. His Breeches are red; but the other Part of his Dress is not certainly known. His is by Trade a Ship Carpenter or Caulker, and when he lived with some former Mafter, he was allowed to look for Work in different Rivers. Whoever will bring him to his Mafter, shall have Twenty Shillings more than the Law allows. All Mafters of Veffels and Others are defired not to employ or entertain him. He is very artful, and probably may endeavour to pass as a Freeman. Should he be brought any confiderable Diftance, Satisfaction will be made in Proportion. It will be neceffary to tie him frecurely. Christopher Lowndes.
Erected by National Park Service US Department of Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 56.254′ N, 76° 56.084′ W. Marker is in Bladensburg, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on 48th Street. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. British Stopover (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Bostwick (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Bostwick (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Bostwick (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Bostwick (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Market Square & Stone House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Casualties of War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hilleary-Magruder House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bladensburg.
Categories. • African Americans • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 21, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.