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Historical Markers in Bowie, 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; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Prince George s County, MD (645) Anne Arundel County, MD (482) Calvert County, MD (153) Charles County, MD (150) Howard County, MD (144) Montgomery County, MD (753) Washington, DC (2617) Alexandria Ind. City, VA (381) Fairfax County, VA (711)  PrinceGeorge'sCounty(645) Prince George's County (645)  AnneArundelCounty(482) Anne Arundel County (482)  CalvertCounty(153) Calvert County (153)  CharlesCounty(150) Charles County (150)  HowardCounty(144) Howard County (144)  MontgomeryCounty(753) Montgomery County (753)   D.C.(2617) Washington (2617)  (381) Alexandria (381)  FairfaxCounty(711) Fairfax County (711)
Upper Marlboro is the county seat for Prince George's County
Bowie is in Prince George's County
      Prince George's County (645)  
ADJACENT TO PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY
      Anne Arundel County (482)  
      Calvert County (153)  
      Charles County (150)  
      Howard County (144)  
      Montgomery County (753)  
      Washington, D.C. (2617)  
      Alexandria, Virginia (381)  
      Fairfax County, Virginia (711)  
 
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1 Maryland, Prince George's County, Bowie — Andrew Jackson
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
2 Maryland, Prince George's County, Bowie — Archaeological Research of the Belair Garden
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
3 Maryland, 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
4 Maryland, 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
5 Maryland, 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 . . . Map (db m66432) HM
6 Maryland, 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
7 Maryland, Prince George's County, Bowie — Belair StableViews from the Past
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
8 Maryland, Prince George's County, Bowie — Benjamin Banneker Hall / Benjamin Banneker
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
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9 Maryland, 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 . . . Map (db m78752) HM
10 Maryland, 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 . . . Map (db m646) HM
11 Maryland, 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
12 Maryland, Prince George's County, Bowie — Developing a Garden Plan
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
13 Maryland, Prince George's County, Bowie — Forest Place
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
14 Maryland, 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 . . . Map (db m71902) HM
15 Maryland, 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 plantation. It . . . Map (db m95821) HM
16 Maryland, Prince George's County, Bowie — Historic Pin Oak
The majestic pin oak (quercus palustris) has graced this spot for over 150 years. It is almost 17 feet in circumference, over 100 feet tall and has a crow of over 90 feet. In the late 1800's this tree as well as others were part of the landscape of . . . Map (db m207083) HM
17 Maryland, 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
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18 Maryland, 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
19 Maryland, 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
20 Maryland, 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
21 Maryland, Prince George's County, Bowie — The Bowie Caboose Reported missing
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
22 Maryland, 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
23 Maryland, Prince George's County, Bowie — The Stable Courtyard
With the development of Belair At Bowie by Levitt and Sons, it is difficult, today, to imagine Belair Stable long ago — situated in the middle of rolling fields filled with horses, cattle and sheep. [Captions:] When first . . . Map (db m207077) HM
24 Maryland, 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
25 Maryland, Prince George's County, Bowie — Williams Plains16200 White Marsh Park Drive
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Circa 1813Map (db m137924) HM
 
 
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Jul. 21, 2024