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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Prince George’s County, Maryland

Clickable Map of Prince George's County, Maryland and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Prince George s County, MD (524) Anne Arundel County, MD (436) Calvert County, MD (147) Charles County, MD (142) Howard County, MD (116) Montgomery County, MD (525) Washington, DC (1954) Alexandria Ind. City, VA (297) Fairfax County, VA (474)  PrinceGeorge'sCounty(524) Prince George's County (524)  AnneArundelCounty(436) Anne Arundel County (436)  CalvertCounty(147) Calvert County (147)  CharlesCounty(142) Charles County (142)  HowardCounty(116) Howard County (116)  MontgomeryCounty(525) Montgomery County (525)   D.C.(1954) Washington (1954)  (297) Alexandria (297)  FairfaxCountyVirginia(474) Fairfax County (474)
Adjacent to Prince George's County, Maryland
    Anne Arundel County (436)
    Calvert County (147)
    Charles County (142)
    Howard County (116)
    Montgomery County (525)
    Washington, D.C. (1954)
    Alexandria, D.C. (297)
    Fairfax County, Virginia (474)
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1Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — American Milking Devon Cattle
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
2Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — Calvert Manor
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
3Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — Cherished HomelandCaptain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
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
4Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — Christ Episcopal ChurchAccokeek
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
5Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — Ecosystem FarmPiscataway Park Accokeek Creek
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
6Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — First Alarm System
First Alarm System Accokeek Volunteer Fire Department March 1932 — Map (db m154696) HM
7Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — First People of the PotomacPiscataway Park
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
8Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — Fishing the Potomac RiverThe National Colonial Farm — Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park —
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
9Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — Heritage Breeds
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
10Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — Hog Island Sheep
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
11Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — John Smith Explores the ChesapeakeCaptain John Smith National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
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
12Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — Join the AdventureCaptain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
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
13Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — Land Shaping PeopleAccokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park
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
14Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — Leaf, Land, and PeopleThe National Colonial Farm — Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park —
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
15Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — Marshall Hall
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
16Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — People Shaping the LandThe National Colonial Farm — Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park —
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
17Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — Pumpkin Ash TrailEnvironmental Preservation
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
18Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — Science and History TogetherThe National Colonial Farm — Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park —
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
19Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — The Hon. Frances Payne Bolton
To honor 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
20Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — The National Colonial FarmAccokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park
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
21Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — The Potomac HeritageThe National Colonial Farm — Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park —
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
22Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — Traveling on the Potomac RiverThe National Colonial Farm — Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park —
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
23Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — Welcome to the Visitor CenterPiscataway National Park
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
24Maryland (Prince George's County), Adelphi — Adelphi Mill
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
25Maryland (Prince George's County), Adelphi — Mother Jones“Grand Old Champion of Labor”
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
26Maryland (Prince George's County), Andrews Air Force Base — U.S. Air Force Special Air Missions
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
27Maryland (Prince George's County), Aquasco — Alarming SightStar-Spangled Banner Historic Trail
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
28Maryland (Prince George's County), Aquasco — Brig Gen Leonard Covington1768 - 1813
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
29Maryland (Prince George's County), Aquasco — Woodville School
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
30Maryland (Prince George's County), Beltsville — Abraham Hall: A Historic African American Benevolent Lodge
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 otherwise . . . — Map (db m66418) HM
31Maryland (Prince George's County), Beltsville — Ammendale Normal Institute
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
32Maryland (Prince George's County), Beltsville — Beltsville Agricultural Research Center - West
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
33Maryland (Prince George's County), Beltsville — Brown’s Tavern
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
34Maryland (Prince George's County), Beltsville — Ebenezer Meeting HouseFirst Methodist Episcopal Church in Beltsville, Maryland
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
35Maryland (Prince George's County), Beltsville — Iron Production: Maryland's Industrial Past - The Iron Making Process
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 . . . — Map (db m104641) HM
36Maryland (Prince George's County), Beltsville — Queen’s Chapel Methodist Church, Established 1868
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
37Maryland (Prince George's County), Beltsville — Site of Rhodes’ Tavern
Lieutenant-General George Washington “dined at Rhodes” December 18, 1798, on his last journey from Philadelphia to Mount Vernon. — Map (db m2982) HM
38Maryland (Prince George's County), Beltsville — Site of Van Horn's Tavern
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
39Maryland (Prince George's County), Beltsville — Three Sisters: Close Knit Communities of the Laurel Area.
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
40Maryland (Prince George's County), Beltsville — Van Horn’s TavernOn Vansville Hill — Prince George's County, Maryland —
President George Washington stopped there on July 19, August 7, and September 12, 1795. — Map (db m355) HM
41Maryland (Prince George's County), Beltsville — When the Iron was Hot: African America Ironworkers of Muirkirk
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 leading . . . — Map (db m18796) HM
42Maryland (Prince George's County), Berwyn Heights — Armed Forces Memorial
Dedicated to all Berwyn Heights men and women who honorably served in the Armed Forces November 11, 1996 — Map (db m133945) WM
43Maryland (Prince George's County), Berwyn Heights — Carrington Avenue
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
44Maryland (Prince George's County), Berwyn Heights — Charlton Avenue
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
45Maryland (Prince George's County), Berwyn Heights — Duncanson AvenueHistoric Berwyn Heights — Town of Berwyn Heights, Maryland —
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
46Maryland (Prince George's County), Berwyn Heights — Edmonston RoadHistoric Berwyn Heights — Town of Berwyn Heights, Maryland —
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
47Maryland (Prince George's County), Berwyn Heights — Keleher AvenueHistoric Berwyn Heights — Town of Berwyn Heights, Maryland —
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
48Maryland (Prince George's County), Berwyn Heights — Town of Berwyn HeightsAnacostia Trails Heritage Area
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
49Maryland (Prince George's County), Berwyn Heights — Town of Berwyn HeightsAnacostia Trails Heritage Area
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
50Maryland (Prince George's County), Berwyn Heights — Town of Berwyn HeightsAnacostia Trails Heritage Area — 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 incorporated in 1896. Today's Greenbelt Road . . . — Map (db m157791) HM
51Maryland (Prince George's County), Berwyn Heights — Washington, Spa Spring & Gretta Railroad
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
52Maryland (Prince George's County), Berwyn Heights — Waugh AvenueHistoric Berwyn Heights — Town of Berwyn Heights, Maryland —
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
53Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — A Workplace of Many GenerationsBostwick — Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —
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
54Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — An Evolving LandscapeBostwick — Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —
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
55Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Bladensburg Floods (1742-1954)
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
56Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Bladensburg MonumentsHonoring their Service — Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —
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 of . . . — Map (db m78149) HM
57Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Bostwick
Built in 1746 by Christopher Lowndes. Home of Benjamin Stoddert First Secretary of the U.S. Navy 1798 -- 1801. — Map (db m61929) HM
58Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Bostwick
Bostwick Built in 1746 by Christopher Lowndes Merchant -- Ship Builder First Postmaster Prominent Citizen of Blandensburg Home of Benjamin Stoddert First Secretary U.S. Navy 1789-1801 On National Register of Historical . . . — Map (db m65829) HM
59Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — British AdvanceStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
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
60Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — British StopoverStar Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
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
61Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Casualties of WarStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
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
62Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Clearing the Way to WashingtonStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
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
63Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Colonial Ropemaking
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
64Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Dinosaur Alley
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
65Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Duels and the Bladensburg Dueling Grounds
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
66Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Encampment of Coxey's Army (1894)
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
67Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — First Unmanned Balloon Ascension (1784)
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
68Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — George Washington House(Circa 1752)
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
69Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Hilleary-Magruder HouseBladensburg Archaeology — Star-Spangled Banner Historic Trail —
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
70Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Historic Bladensburg Waterfront Park - Port Town HistoryThe Ports of Bladensburg and Beall Town
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
71Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Indian Queen TavernBladensburg Archaeology — Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —
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
72Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Joshua Barney's Barge and the Chesapeake Flotilla
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
73Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Peace Cross“This Memorial Cross” — 1917–1918 —
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
74Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Preserving the PastBostwick — Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —
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
75Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Railroad History in Bladensburg
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
76Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — The Battle of Bladensburg (1814)The War of 1812
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
77Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — The First Telegraph Line (1844)
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
78Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — The Incidental Cause of the Star-Spangled Banner (1814)
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
79Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — The Market Square & Stone HouseBladensburg Archaeology — Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —
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
80Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — The Road to the CapitalBattle of Bladensburg — Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —
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 the . . . — Map (db m78230) HM
81Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Undaunted In BattleThe Battle of Bladensburg — August 24, 1814 —
Undaunted War of 1812 This Monument Stands as A Tribute to the American Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines who fought and Died here defending their Nation's Capital This monument depicts Commodore Joshua Barney of the U.S. Navy a . . . — Map (db m78136) HM
82Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Veterans Memorial
Korea June 1950 - July 1953 Vietnam July 1959 - May 1975 DUTY - HONOR - COURAGE — Map (db m5188) WM
83Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — World War II Honor Roll
Honor Roll In memory of the men and women of Prince George's County who made the supreme sacrifice that freedom might live. Prince George's County World War II — Map (db m5189) WM
84Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — Belair
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
85Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — Belair Mansion
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
86Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — Belair on the Home FrontSouthern Sympathizers
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 thus . . . — Map (db m66432) HM
87Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — Belair Stable
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
88Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — Blacksox Park
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 and . . . — Map (db m78752) HM
89Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — Bowie Railroad Station Museum
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 Bowie . . . — Map (db m646) HM
90Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — Bowie State University
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
91Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — From Huntington to Bowie - The History
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 Company. . . . — Map (db m71902) HM
92Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — Hall Station
Abolition of slavery after the Civil War brought change to labor practices and subdivision of tobacco plantations, such as 108-acre “Collington Meadows”. R.C. Duval built a general store and post office ca. 1877 on part of the former . . . — Map (db m95821) HM
93Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — Holy Trinity Church
The original house of worship on this site, part of "Martha's Choice", was a chapel of ease. It was donated by the Queen Anne's Parish by the Reverend Jacob Henderson and his wife Mary, widow of Mareen Duvall, Esq. In 1844 it became Holy Trinity . . . — Map (db m3582) HM
94Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — Melford and CemeteryBowie, Maryland
Built in 1840s, Melford is a two-and-one-half-story brick plantation house of side-hall and double parlor plan. It is distinguished by a two-story semi-circular bay and a parapetted double chimney at one gable end. It was built for Richard Duckett . . . — Map (db m61614) HM
95Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — Sacred Heart Chapel - White Marsh(Formerly St. Francis Borgia)
Sacred Heart Chapel was built about 1741 by Jesuit Priests on the property known as White Marsh. The priests turned their 2,000 acre bequest into a thriving plantation. During the 1780's the American clergy met several times at White Marsh, and here . . . — Map (db m31215) HM
96Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — The Belair Stud FarmCradle of American Racing
Colonial Manor where breeding for the turf was carried on for three centuries. Laying the foundation of American thoroughbred racing. Samuel Ogle original owner, imported the stallion "Spark", the filly "Queen Mab" and other prize horses. His . . . — Map (db m64743) HM
97Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — The Bowie Caboose
A caboose was the accustomed conclusion to any freight train, and served many roles. It allowed crewmen to keep a lookout for how the freight cars were functioning as the train moved along. It provided a place to rest and eat for the crew working on . . . — Map (db m65393) HM
98Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — The Bowie Caboose
This is the former Norfolk and Western Railroad's CF Class Caboose #518-303. It was built at the N&W East End Shops in Roanoke, Virginia, in April 1922. The N&W did not serve Bowie but did enter Maryland at Hagerstown. After nearly fifty years of . . . — Map (db m65394) HM
99Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — William Levitt and Sons, Belair-at-Bowie
The Levitt family revolutionized the building industry beginning in the 1920s. During World War II they created an efficient production-line assembly of houses establishing the post-war look of American suburbs. The first Levittown of Long Island . . . — Map (db m64777) HM
100Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — Williams Plains
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Circa 1813 — Map (db m137924) HM

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