American Milking Devons are a tri-purpose breed with a ruby red coat with black-tipped white horns. Devons come from the southwestern peninsula of England, where the breed was developed over several centuries. Devons are valued for the . . . — — Map (db m154703) HM
Originally a grant of 3,000 acres by Cecil Calvert, second Lord Baltimore, to his nephew, William Calvert, 1662. The area was visited by Captain John Smith, 1608, by Captain Henry Fleet, 1629, and by Governor Leonard Calvert and Father Andrew White, . . . — — Map (db m3566) HM
This place has been the heart of the Piscataway people’s homeland for many centuries. Their leader’s town, Moyaone, was located here when John Smith and his crew visited in June 1608.
Smith did not write much about the Piscataway, except that . . . — — Map (db m96416) HM
Erected in 1745 when it was declared by the General Assembly of Maryland to be the "lower chapel of ease" for King George's (Piscatoway) Parish, Christ Church was the outgrowth of a chapel established about 1698 by private contributions. In 1823 it . . . — — Map (db m3567) HM
The Robert Ware Straus Ecosystem Farm gives a look into the possible future of farming. Sustainable and organic farming practices allow the Farm to attain high quality produce with minimal impact on the environment.
The Robert Ware Straus . . . — — Map (db m96422) HM
When Europeans first arrived on the shores of North America, they found a continent inhabited by perhaps tens of millions of people! These people had arrived more than 10,000 years earlier, and through many generations had created complex societies, . . . — — Map (db m124331) HM
In 1759, George Washington wrote that the Potomac River was “…well-stocked with various kinds of fish at all seasons of the year, and in the spring with shad, herrings, bass, carp, perch, sturgeon, etc. in great abundance.” Fisherman . . . — — Map (db m70613) HM
Many people are aware of endangered species in the wild, such as sea turtles or spotted owls, very few realize that domesticated livestock species are also threatened.
The Accokeek Foundation works to increase awareness about these . . . — — Map (db m154705) HM
Two hundred years ago, a flock of sheep was established on Hog Island, a barrier island off the eastern shore of Virginia. Hog Island sheep evolved to become foragers, showing excellent reproductive ability and hardiness in their harsh . . . — — Map (db m154702) HM
Captain John Smith explored the Chesapeake Bay in the early 1600s seeking precious metals and a passage to Asia. He traveled the James, Chickahominy, and York rivers in 1607, and led two major expeditions from Jamestown in 1608. Smith and his crew . . . — — Map (db m96417) HM
Explore the places Englishman John Smith traveled in the early 1600s. Learn about the thriving American Indian communities he encountered and imagine the bountiful Chesapeake he observed. Experience the natural and cultural richness that exists . . . — — Map (db m96418) HM
Outdoor Activities Welcome to the Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park. Here, everyone can learn about the past, the present, and the future of peoples’ relationship to the land in southern Maryland. You can learn about history, nature and . . . — — Map (db m96421) HM
Worldwide demand for tobacco encouraged European colonists to grow the crop almost exclusively. Planters sold it to Europe and bought goods in exchange.
Life in colonial Prince George’s County revolved around growing tobacco. Tobacco brought . . . — — Map (db m70621) HM
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. . . . — — Map (db m71115) HM
The National Colonial Farm offers a glimpse into the farming and social lives of Marylanders between 1760 and 1775.
The National Colonial Farm was one of the Accokeek Foundation’s first endeavors. It offers a view into the life of a small, . . . — — Map (db m70610) HM
The Pumpkin Ash Trail takes you on a journey through time. In it, you see different stages of a forest growing from cleared land.
When you walk the Pumpkin Ash Trail, you will enter four different habitats. Each is important. . . . — — Map (db m154706) HM
Here at the National Colonial Farm, you will see a realistic portrait of everyday life in Prince George’s County 250 years ago.
Welcome to the National Colonial Farm, one of the Accokeek Foundation’s first educational programs. Created in . . . — — Map (db m70620) HM
the memory of
The Hon. Frances Payne Bolton
Member, United States Congress from Ohio
1940 - 1969
President, Accokeek Foundation
1957 - 1977
whose vision, generosity and leadership made possible the preservation of . . . — — Map (db m154701) HM
Hundreds of thousands of people have visited The National Colonial Farm since it was founded in 1958. The farm was created to show how the ordinary farm family lived in colonial times prior to the American Revolution and has served as an . . . — — Map (db m70619) HM
Before you flows the great Potomac River, a 390 mile stretch of water, forests, fields and wetlands that tells the story of ten thousand years of human habitation. The river begins as a spring at the Fairfax Stone in West Virginia, evolves to a . . . — — Map (db m70615) HM
For more than 10,000 years, the Potomac River has been a key to prosperity for people living within its watershed—providing water, food, recreational opportunities, and a means of transportation.
Native Americans in birch bark and . . . — — Map (db m70612) HM
The Visitor Center can be a starting point for your visit. Inside, exhibits describe the people who have inhabited this part of Prince George’s County. You can learn about why Piscataway Park exists today and how the Accokeek Foundation preserves . . . — — Map (db m96420) HM
This old grist mill built in the summer of 1796, probably by two brothers Issacher adn Mahlon Scofield. In 1811 the mill was also used for wool carding. The miller's cottage is of the same period. — — Map (db m3628) HM
Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, the legendary labor organizer, spent a life fighting for unions and the rights of workers. She died at the Burgess Farm near here on November 30, 1930, aged 100 years. — — Map (db m61188) HM
This Lockheed Jetstar is the original 4-engine prototype first flown on 3 April 1958. Its descendant, the C-140B has flown over half of all Special Air Missions [SAM] since joining the 89th Military Airlift Wing in 1963. The workhorse of the SAM . . . — — Map (db m40695) HM
Amid rumors of a large British force on the Patuxent, Secretary of State James Monroe scouted the situation. From heights near Aquasco Mills August 20, 1814, he spotted the enemy vessels landing at Benedict.
Alarmed, Monroe positioned . . . — — Map (db m75347) HM
War of 1812 hero born at nearby Covington Farm, Aquasco. Covington served in the Maryland Senate (1802, 1807-1809) and U.S. House of Representatives (1805-1807). Mortally wounded on November 11, 1813, at the Battle of Crysler's Farm, Ontario, he is . . . — — Map (db m79348) HM
Constructed in 1934 to serve area African-American children, with labor furnished by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration and materials purchased by the county board of Education. Larger better equipped than the typical rural schools of the . . . — — Map (db m79909) HM
Abraham Hall was built in 1889 as a lodge for the Benevolent Sons and Daughters of Abraham. Chartered in 1877, this fraternal organization provided emergency financial assistance and death benefits to its members: a form of insurance not . . . — — Map (db m66418) HM
Abraham Hall was built in 1899 as a lodge for the Benevolent Sons and Daughters of Abraham. Chartered in 1877, this fraternal organization provided emergency financial assistance and death benefits to its members — a form of insurance not . . . — — Map (db m188090) HM
This is the site of Ammendale Normal Institute, built to house the novitiate and school of the Christian Brothers, a teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church. It is located in an area known as Ammendale, after Admiral Daniel Ammen, inventor, . . . — — Map (db m118594) HM
The American Society for Horticultural Science hereby recognizes the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center - West as an ASHS Horticultural Landmark for an outstanding history of research that has benefited the science of horticultural research in . . . — — Map (db m19183) HM
This plaque and garden commemorate the site of Brown’s Tavern, a Prince George’s County Historic Site that served travelers on the former Baltimore-Washington turnpike from the early 1830’s to the early 1990’s. It was constructed and owned by the . . . — — Map (db m2983) HM
In 1836, trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church purchased one acre of land at this location from Evan Shaw, a Plantation Owner, at a cost of ten dollars.
Ebenezer Meeting House was built on this location and was in use until about 1861. A . . . — — Map (db m98944) HM
Iron Production: Maryland’s Industrial Past
Maryland’s early economy and identity were based on slave-based agriculture. However, slaves were also employed in manufacturing iron, one of the first non-agricultural industries. Seeing how other . . . — — Map (db m104641) HM
Iron Production: Maryland's Industrial Past
Maryland's early economy and identity were based on slave-based agriculture. However, slaves were also employed in manufacturing iron, one of the first non-agricultural industries.
One of the . . . — — Map (db m188081) HM
Site of the original Queen's Chapel Church, founded just after the Civil War by Thomas Queen and other Trustees. The church was build at the location of an early African-American burying ground, and became an important meeting place for the black . . . — — Map (db m61021) HM
An important stopping place in colonial days. Mentioned by Washington, Lafayette and other noted men after the Revolution. Count de Rochambeau's troops camped here in June 1782 on the return march from the victory at Yorktown. — — Map (db m3574) HM
Other enclaves of African American ironworkers in the Laurel area include Bacontown and the Grove. Bacontown was named for Maria Bacon, a former slave freed in 1860. In 1880, the plot of land she inherited from Achsah Dorsey, her former owner, . . . — — Map (db m19118) HM
Other enclaves of African American ironworkers in the Laurel area include Bacontown and the Grove. Bacontown was named for Maria Bacon, a former slave freed in 1860. In 1880, the plot of land she inherited from Achsah Dorsey, her former owner, . . . — — Map (db m188091) HM
The Snowden family owned Patuxent Ironworks until 1847 when Andrew and Elias Ellicott purchased land from the Snowdens and erected the Muirkirk Furnace. The Ellicotts operated the Furnace until 1860 when it was purchased by one of Boston’s . . . — — Map (db m18796) HM
The Snowden family owned the Patuxent Iron Works until 1847, when Andrew and Elias Ellicott purchased land from the Snowdens and erected the Muirkirk Furnace. They operated the furnace until 1860 when it was purchased by one of Boston's leading . . . — — Map (db m188089) HM
General Edward C. Carrington (1825-1892) purchased the Yarrow land tract consisting of 150 acres and the home called Sportland for $59,000 on 9 September 1869.
In 1846, he organized Captain Carrington’s Company, 1st Regiment Virginia Volunteers . . . — — Map (db m50403) HM
Benjamin Charlton (c. 1820-1894) was a prominent member of the Washington, D.C. business and social community. He was director at the Central National Bank and served on the Committee for the Inauguration of President Grover Cleveland. Charlton . . . — — Map (db m52049) HM
Duncanson Avenue, currently known as Seminole Street, was named after Charles C. "Chas" or "C.C." Duncanson (circa 1846-1920). He was a lifelong resident of the District of Columbia and one of the six founders who formed the Charlton Heights . . . — — Map (db m133940) HM
Archibald Edmonston (c. 1668-1734), born in Scotland, immigrated to Maryland in 1683, and afterward married Jane Beall. He would later become Colonel of the Prince George's County militia.
In Maryland, the Edmonstons accumulated great wealth. . . . — — Map (db m133938) HM
In 1888, Edward Graves, a real estate developer, hired Newby & Howell, Engineers and Surveyors of Washington, D.C. to survey his 393 acres, then known as the "Graves Sub-Division", for a new suburban residential development that was called Charlton . . . — — Map (db m133941) HM
Welcome to the Town of Berwyn Heights
Established in 1888 on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, this approximately 1-square mile residential community was first named Charlton Heights, and became Berwyn Heights when incorporated in 1896. . . . — — Map (db m133942) HM
Welcome to the Town of Berwyn Heights
Established in 1888 as a commuter suburb on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, this approximately 1-square mile, residential community was first named Charlton Heights and became Berwyn Heights when . . . — — Map (db m133947) HM
Established in 1888 as a commuter suburb on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, this approximately 1-square mile, residential community was first named Charlton Heights and became Berwyn Heights when incorporated in 1896.
Today's Greenbelt Road . . . — — Map (db m157791) HM
The Washington Spa Spring & Gretta Railroad (WSSGRR) was a streetcar that served Berwyn Heights, 1912 – 1921. Incorporated in Maryland in 1905, WSSGRR started running from 15th and H Street, NE to Bladensburg in 1910. An extension to Riverdale . . . — — Map (db m95141) HM
James E. Waugh (1841-1895) was the driving force behind the creation of the railroad suburb that became the Town of Berwyn Heights. He began his career as a grocery merchant, worked in the Treasury Department, then took up real estate and insurance. . . . — — Map (db m133944) HM
Although never part of an extensive agricultural plantation, the Bostwick House property was the workplace of many people over the centuries. The earliest residents, the Piscataway Indians, left some evidence that the area was used for hunting and . . . — — Map (db m96004) HM
The 7.7 acres that comprise the landscape of Bostwick House provide a welcome respite of open space from the surrounding dense urban environment. The most prominent manmade feature of the land is the wide west lawn that is divided into four broad . . . — — Map (db m96005) HM
Floods were practically a way of life in Bladensburg until the late 1950s, when an intensive flood control project was completed. Noted attorney and author William Wirt, who was born in Bladensburg in 1772, makes mention of the floods at Bladensburg . . . — — Map (db m8218) HM
This crossroads has become a place for communities to commemorate their residents in service and death. Among the memorials dedicated here is the "Undaunted in Battle" Monument to those who served and died in the War of 1812 and the Battle . . . — — Map (db m78149) HM
Built in 1746 by Christopher Lowndes
Merchant -- Ship Builder
Prominent Citizen of Blandensburg
Home of Benjamin Stoddert
First Secretary U.S. Navy 1789-1801
On National Register of Historical . . . — — Map (db m65829) HM
This house from the days when Bladensburg was a busy port town where George Washington stopped as he traveled the Old Post Road. On August 24, 1814, the British established an artillery position nearby and fired cannon and rockets at American . . . — — Map (db m61081) HM
British officers stopped at Bostwick House on August 24, 1814, then home of prisoner of war agent Col. Thomas Barclay. From Lowndes Hill, behind the house, British commander Robert Ross observed the American defensive lines.
Bostwick House . . . — — Map (db m95991) HM
The Hilleary-Magruder House was likely one of many sites in town where more than 200 British and American soldiers wounded in the Battle of Bladensburg were taken for treatment and convalescence. Built in 1742 by William Hilleary, later the home of . . . — — Map (db m61106) HM
The Battle of Bladensburg on August 24, 1814, ended in defeat for the United States and allowed the British to invade Washington, D.C. Once the Americans realized the British route of advance, there was little time to prepare. They . . . — — Map (db m61550) HM
One of the maritime industries that was present in the colonial port of Bladensburg was the making of rope and various other types of cordage. In colonial and nineteenth century America, this activity took place in a manufacturing facility known as . . . — — Map (db m8222) HM
Bladensburg lies in the geologic region known as "Dinosaur Alley." It is the area on the East Coast of the United States were the greatest number of dinosaur bones have been found. Dinosaur Alley runs along the Route 1 corridor between Baltimore and . . . — — Map (db m33227) HM
The Bladensburg dueling grounds were the scene of at least 26 recorded duels during the nineteenth century. Although the location of these duels was considered part of the Bladensburg area when they were fought, today the dueling grounds lie . . . — — Map (db m8177) HM
In the wake of the economic "Panic of 1893", social reformer Jacob Coxey and his "Army of the Commonwealth," consisting of approximately 500 unemployed workers, marched from Ohio to Washington, D.C., to demonstrate at the Capitol for unemployment . . . — — Map (db m6070) HM
On June 17, 1784, the first documented balloon ascension in America took place in a field near the town of Bladensburg. The man responsible for this remarkable event was an enterprising Prince George's County innkeeper and lawyer named Peter Carnes. . . . — — Map (db m49633) HM
The George Washington House, often referred to as the Indian Queen Tavern, was built by tavern keeper Jacob Wirt. Prior to the Revolution, when Bladensburg was a thriving port town, this building was rented out to Cunningham and Company, a Scottish . . . — — Map (db m3575) HM
The Hilleary-Magruder House was constructed circa 1742 and is the oldest building in Bladensburg, In 1763, Scottish merchant Richard Henderson bought the property . He lived here with his family and more than two dozen enslaved African . . . — — Map (db m75993) HM
In 1742, the town of Bladensburg was created on the banks of the Anacostia River (also known as the Eastern Branch of the Potomac river) through an act of the Maryland General Assembly for the purpose of promoting trade and commerce. The act stated . . . — — Map (db m8220) HM
Around 1763, Jacob and Henrietta Wirt constructed a two story wooden tavern here. During the 18th century, taverns offered dinner, drink, and a comfortable bed to weary travelers. A decade later, Jacob died and left his property, including . . . — — Map (db m78189) HM
Joshua Barney's Barge is a 4/5 scale, authentic working replica of an American warship of the Chesapeake Flotilla from the War of 1812. This barge was built as a project of the Prince George's County tricentennial in 1996 by The Maryland-National . . . — — Map (db m8219) HM
This memorial cross dedicated to the heroes of Prince George’s County, Maryland, who lost their lives in the Great War for the liberty of the world.
Albert N. Baden, Henry H. Boswell, Herman E. Burgess, Clarence Butler, Vincent G. Cooley, . . . — — Map (db m5187) WM
Bostwick House is an important, but fragile, historic resource with many community, local, and statewide partners engaged in collaborative planning to restore this significant structure. One of the first efforts at preservation was in 1936 when the . . . — — Map (db m95992) HM
In its infancy in America, the railroad came to Bladensburg. In 1833, construction began in Baltimore on the 32-mile-long Washington line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. It originally passed directly through Bladensburg, however, the main line . . . — — Map (db m8221) HM
On August 24, 1814, British forces broke camp at Melwood Park and moved northwest to Bladensburg. The Baltimore militia, under the command of General Tobias Sansbury, was positioned west of the Anacostia River along the Bladensburg-Washington Road . . . — — Map (db m6069) HM
In 1844, the first magnetic telegraph line was being constructed between Washington and Baltimore by its inventor, Samuel F. B. Morse. The line followed the railroad tracks from Washington, through Bladensburg, and on to Baltimore. Congress had . . . — — Map (db m6072) HM
Following the Battle of Bladensburg and the sacking and burning of Washington, D.C., during the war of 1812, British troops reentered the town of Upper Marlboro on August 26, 1814. It was at this point that some stragglers were arrested and . . . — — Map (db m33226) HM
Christopher Lowndes, a prominent English merchant, constructed a small stone building here around 1760. Although he lived at Bostwick on the hill to the east, this property stayed in the Lowndes family until 1883. Over the past 250 . . . — — Map (db m75902) HM
The War of 1812 raged on land and sea, touching every border of the young nation. On August 24, 1814, after two years at war, the Americans faced the British here at Bladensburg.
While the American militia were unable to hold
back . . . — — Map (db m78230) HM
War of 1812
This Monument Stands as
A Tribute to the American
Soldiers, Sailors, and
Marines who fought and
Died here defending their
This monument depicts Commodore Joshua Barney of the U.S. Navy a . . . — — Map (db m78136) HM
Andrew Jackson ranked high among the trusted stable workers at Belair. William Woodward considered him the consummate horseman.
Jackson didn't really know his exact birth date; he was born in Kentucky in the 1850s, the son of . . . — — Map (db m207079) HM
Archaeological investigations in 1994 suggested that the terraces might have been altered in the early twentieth century. The University of Maryland Anthropology Department's Historical Archaeology section investigation in 1998 focused on the . . . — — Map (db m207074) HM
Governor Samuel Ogle (1692-1752) owned Belair, built circa 1745. The Georgian Palladian style house stands on a tobacco plantation that included gardens, a vineyard, deer park, horse stables and numerous dependencies. Ogle's son, Benjamin . . . — — Map (db m66434) HM
Belair was built circa 1740 by Samuel Ogle, Governor of Maryland. Through the years the mansion became known as the "House of Governors" because governors Thomas Bladen, Benjamin Tasker Sr., Benjamin Ogle I, Oden Bowie and Christopher Lowndes were . . . — — Map (db m66436) HM
When the Civil War began, Prince George's County was full of Southern sympathizers. To keep Maryland in the Union, President Abraham Lincoln imposed martial law, and as the Prince George's Planters' Advocate on May 8, 1861, noted, "Maryland is . . . — — Map (db m66432) HM
In 1747 Maryland's Provincial Governor Samuel Ogle (1692-1752) brought to Belair the first documented breeding pair of thoroughbred horses, Spark and Queen Mab. Hailed as the Cradle of American Thoroughbred Racing, Belair's legacy continued with . . . — — Map (db m66430) HM
The Belair Stable was constructed in 1907 by James T. and William Woodward. It is styled as an English country estate stable. No building plans or early photographs of the entire building survive. One of seven stables at Belair, it was intended . . . — — Map (db m207075) HM
Benjamin Banneker Hall, constructed in 1926, stood on this site until 1999 when it was razed to make room for the new Center for Learning and Technology. Bowie State University honors the memory and historic contributions of the distinguished . . . — — Map (db m207072) HM
The Washington Blacksox:
In 1961, William "Doffey" Jones, owner and manager of the Washington Blacksox team built a sandlot baseball stadium on this site. They played on this field until ca. 1971. The Blacksox team was established in 1928 . . . — — Map (db m78752) HM
The Baltimore and Potomac Railroad, chartered in 1853, inaugurated train service on July 2, 1872 with a line to Washington, and on January 1, 1873 opened the Pope's Creek line to southern Maryland. At the junction of the two lines the town of . . . — — Map (db m646) HM
Oldest historically black institution of higher education in Maryland. Established in 1865 in Baltimore as a school for freed slaves. In 1867 became Baltimore Normal School for the education of colored teachers. Relocated in 1911 to Prince George’s . . . — — Map (db m96371) HM
Very little is known about the history of the Belair gardens. In the early 1750s Col. Benjamin Tasker, Jr. (1720-1760) "inclosed a large garden at a very large expense" probably in the formal French-style of planned beds. His nephew and heir Gov. . . . — — Map (db m207073) HM
The Dr. John Peach House stood on the site from 1869 through 1989. Dr. John Peach (1835-1935) was the fifth generation of his family in this area. He constructed the house on his 247 acre farm, named Forest Place. The house was a good example of . . . — — Map (db m207081) HM
Originally called Huntington, Bowie developed as a result of the railroad junction at this location and is now a thriving city.
In 1853, Col. Wm. D. Bowie convinced the Maryland legislature to charter the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad . . . — — Map (db m71902) HM
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