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Bladensburg, Maryland Historical Markers

 
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By Craig Swain, July 18, 2010
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Maryland (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
Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Bladensburg Monuments — Honoring 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
Maryland (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
Maryland (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
Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Bostwick — Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — Preserving the Past
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
Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Bostwick — Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — A Workplace of Many Generations
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
Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Bostwick — Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — An Evolving Landscape
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
Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — British Advance — Star-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
Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — British Stopover — Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — Bostwick House
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 WM

Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Casualties of War — Star-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
Maryland (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
Maryland (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
Maryland (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 within . . . — Map (db m8177) HM
Maryland (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
Maryland (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
Maryland (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
Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Hilleary-Magruder House — Bladensburg 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
Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Historic Bladensburg Waterfront Park - Port Town History — The 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
Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Indian Queen Tavern — Bladensburg 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
Maryland (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
Maryland (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, . . . — Map (db m5187) WM
Maryland (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
Maryland (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
Maryland (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
Maryland (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
Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — The Market Square & Stone House — Bladensburg 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 years, . . . — Map (db m75902) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — The Road to the Capital — Battle 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
Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Undaunted In Battle — The 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
Maryland (Prince George's County), Bladensburg — Veterans Memorial
Korea June 1950 - July 1953 Vietnam July 1959 - May 1975 DUTY - HONOR - COURAGE — Map (db m5188) WM
Maryland (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

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