Summer is the perfect time for boating, grilling out, enjoying the pool, and so much more. And, relaxing is exactly what you should do during the warm months!
However, if you’re looking to stimulate your intellect and learn a thing or two this summer, why not explore some of the many historical sites located in Prince George’s County?
Take a quick afternoon trip to one of these sightseeing destinations, and satisfy your curiosity with our rich local history.
1. The George Washington House in Bladensburg
This historic house, which dates back to 1732, is right up the road from your National Harbor apartment. It was built originally as a store, which was part of a commercial complex that also included a tavern and blacksmith shop. Before that, it was an inn that was reported to be a stopover for George Washington when he traveled between his Mount Vernon home and Philadelphia or New York.
2. Abraham Hall in Beltsville
Located in the historic African-American community of Rossville, Abraham Hall was constructed in 1889 by the Benevolent Sons & Daughters of Abraham. This building had multiple uses, serving as a meeting hall, house of worship, social hall and school. It was the first African-American historic site in our county to be fully restored using public funds, and the hall was re-dedicated in 2009. Currently, it houses the Black History Program of the Maryland-National Capital & Planning Commission.
3. Montpelier Mansion and Cemetery in Laurel
This mansion represents the Georgian period of architecture, which was popular in Maryland in the late 1700s. Historical research suggests that the home was constructed between 1781 and 1785. The original owners of Montpelier, Major Thomas Snowden and his wife, Anne, welcomed a steady line of distinguished guests into their home, including Abigail Adams and George Washington.
4. The Charles Duckett Log Cabin in Upper Marlboro
This rare chestnut log cabin was likely built by Charles Duckett in the 1880s. Duckett was a former slave and landsman in the Union Navy during the Civil War. While you’re visiting the cabin, be sure the check out the rest of the Patuxent Rural Life Museums complex in which the cabin is built. The complex includes the Duvall Tool Museum, a tobacco museum, a blacksmith shop, and an early 20th century Sears, Roebuck & Company simplex house.
5. The Dorsey Chapel in Glenn Dale
This small meeting house-style church served as the spiritual and social center of the rural African-American community in Brookland at the beginning of the 20th century. It was named after its first minister, the Reverend A.B. Dorsey when construction was completed in 1900. A small, but active, congregation used the chapel until 1971, when they merged with the congregation from Perkins Chapel to form Glenn Dale United Methodist Church. Although the chapel was scheduled for demolition in 1980, the Friends of Dorsey Chapel formed to preserve and restore the church.
6. Oxon Hill Farm at Oxon Cove Park in Oxon Hill
This historical farm has buildings dating back to the early 1800s when it was a wheat plantation. Visitors can explore a variety of daily farm activities and programs in the park’s 512 acres. The Farm Museum building houses historical agricultural equipment dating from the late 19th century. Displays throughout the park show how the farm evolved from a plantation home during the War of 1812 to a therapeutic farm owned by St. Elizabeth’s Hospital from the 1890s to the 1950s.