County History

History of Magnolia Springs, Prince George’s County, Maryland

By |October 24th, 2017|

“A History of Magnolia Springs.” Excerpted from Evaluation for Historic Site Designation: Findings, Conclusion, and Recommendation (Magnolia Springs, Historic Resource 70-001). Memorandum from Thomas W. Gross to Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Commission. Upper Marlboro, MD: Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, July 11, 2017.


Statement of Significance

Magnolia Springs is significant as the location of a commercial water […]

Pedestrianism Extraordinary Baltimore to Washington on foot in13 hours in 1843

By |May 20th, 2017|

PEDESTRIANISM EXTRAORDINARY. ─ We yesterday conversed with a gentleman who assured us that, on Tuesday last, he left Baltimore at 8 o’clock A. M. and walked from thence to Bladensburg, from Bladensburg to Upper Marlborough, and from Upper Marlborough to this city , which he reached at ten minutes before seven o’clock […]

Maryland Governors from and of Prince George’s County

By |May 15th, 2017|

Colonel Thomas Brooke, Jr. of Brookefield (1659 – 1730/1731) was President of the Council in Maryland and acting 13th Proprietary Governor of the Province of Maryland. He was the son of Major Thomas Brooke Sr. and Esquire, (1632–1676) and his second wife Eleanor Hatton, (1642–1725), who later remarried Col. Henry Darnall, (1645-1711).

Samuel Ogle (c. 1694 […]

“Dangerous R. R. Crossing” News from Hyattsville May 2, 1917

By |April 30th, 2017|

HYATTSVILLE. Md.. May 2, 1917
At a meeting of citizens in Masonic Hall last night Mayor John G. Holden was empowered to appoint a committee of seven to confer with officials of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad and the public service commission to see if the dangerous grade crossing at this place could be eliminated. The grade crossing […]

Gpv Oden Bowie and the Spring Races at Pimlico May 25th, 1876

By |May 21st, 2016|


“The Spring Races at Pimlico yesterday were fairly attended, and the sport good.  The first race, three-quarter of a mile dash, was won by A. D. Brown’s Ansiral , and the third race by Oden Bowie’s Ore Knob, both Maryland horses.  The second race, Chesapeake stakes, one and quarter miles, was won […]

Cedar Heights, Prince George’s County – The place to be – June 1915 – The Bee

By |February 6th, 2016|


Cedar Heights, Prince George’s Co., Md., is situated on high ground, well watered by numerous springs, a short distance from the District Line at Chesapeake Junction. It is the next subdivision to Fairmount Heights.  It has wide streets, well laid out. There is a church on the property and three stores.


Nearly all of […]

Wm. Turpin Describes Highway Travel in January 1916 Maryland & Virginia

By |January 3rd, 2016|

William B. Turpin, Washington, D. C., Business Man, Writes Reminiscent Letter to Portlander.

(Excerpts of a letter received by a Portlander last week from William B. Turpin, a business man residing in Washington, D. C,)

I want to thank you for the very handsome book of the new highway along the Columbia River.  I wish I could […]

University of Maryland’s Inauguration Event October 1859

By |October 11th, 2015|

Transcribed from the Planters’ Advocate of Upper Marlborough, Maryland, October 12th, 1859 Maryland State Archives

Maryland Agricultural College.

Maryland Agricultural College.

 Maryland Agricultural College

There was a large attendance on Wednesday last to witness the inauguration of the Maryland Agricultural College, the new buildings for which are situated near the line of the Washington and Baltimore Railroad, two and a […]

The Rhode Island Trolley Car Line – Yesterday & Today – Student Video Project

By |August 28th, 2015|

The 82 Line Streetcar was the original link that allowed strong communities to develop along the Route 1 Corridor in Prince George’s County and linked them to Downtown Washington, DC up until the mid-twentieth century. While the Metro Green Line exists today to serve the now transitioning suburban area, the streetcar’s removal had a big […]

How to Grow Celery in Prince George’s County, Maryland in 1853

By |August 12th, 2015|

     The production of goods celery is a point well worthy the care of the gardener.  Few vegetables are more highly prized were require so much attention from the time the seed is sown till it is furnished to the table.  The droughts of summer and the severe frosts of winter are alike injurious […]