National Register Listings in
Prince George's County, Maryland

Abraham Hall Ammendale Normal Institute Ash Hill Ashland Avondale Mill Baltimore-Washington Parkway Beall's Pleasure Belair Belair Stables Bellefields Bellevue Bostwick Bowie Railroad Buildings Bowieville Bowling Heights Broad Creek Historic District Brookefield of the Berrys Buck House Butler House Calloway, Thomas J., House Calvert Hills Historic District Chapel of the Incarnation Clagett House at Cool Spring Manor Coffren, John W., House and Store College Heights Estates Historic District College Park Airport Compton Bassett Concord Content Cottage, The Early Family Historic District Early, William W., House Fairmont Heights Historic District Fort Washington Glenn Dale Tuberculosis Hospital and Sanatorium Goodloe, Don S. S., House Greenbelt Historic District Hamilton, James, House Hard Bargain Farm Harmony Hall Hazelwood Hilleary, William, House Hilltop Manor His Lordship's Kindness Hyattsville Armory Hyattsville Historic District Hyattsville Historic District (Boundary Increase) Kingston Langley Park Laurel High School Laurel Railroad Station Marenka House Marietta Market Master's House Melford Melwood Park Montpelier Mount Hope Mount Lubentia Mount Pleasant Mount Rainier Historic District Moyaone Reserve Historic District New Town Center North Brentwood Historic District O'Dea House Old Town College Park Oxon Cove Park Oxon Hill Manor Peace Cross Piscataway Park Piscataway Village Historic District Pleasant Hills Pleasant Prospect Ridgeley School Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church Riverdale Park Historic District Riversdale Saint Mary's Rectory Smith, Harry, House Snow Hill Spacecraft Magnetic Test Facility St. Ignatius Church St. John's Church St. Mary's Benefical Society Hall St. Matthew's Church St. Paul's Parish Church St. Thomas' Church St. Thomas' Episcopal Parish Historic District Sunnyside Surratt House Traband, John H., House University Park Historic District University Park Historic District (Boundary Increase) Upper Marlboro Residential Historic District US Post Office-Hyattsville Main Villa DeSales Washington, George, House Waverly West Riverdale Historic District Williams Plains Woodstock Wyoming
Maryland was founded as a Catholic colony: Maryland was founded by the English nobleman George Calvert, also known as Lord Baltimore, in 1632. He envisioned Maryland as a haven for Catholics who faced persecution in England at the time. The colony's first settlement, St. Mary's City, was established in 1634.
Prince George's County, Maryland has a rich history dating back to the arrival of European settlers in the 17th century. Originally home to Native American tribes such as the Piscataway and Yaocomico, the area was explored by the English in the early 1600s. In 1696, Prince George's County was established and named after Prince George of Denmark, the husband of Queen Anne. The county became a significant agricultural region, with tobacco being the primary crop.

During the American Revolutionary War, Prince George's County played a crucial role in the fight for independence. Many residents joined the Continental Army, and the county served as a crucial transportation route between Maryland and Virginia. The county's plantations were also centers for pro-Revolutionary activities. Notable figures from Prince George's County, such as Thomas Stone and Samuel Ogle, played important roles in the early days of the United States.

In the 19th century, the county's agricultural economy shifted from tobacco to other crops such as wheat and corn. The construction of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad in the mid-1800s brought significant changes to the region, spurring industrial development and urbanization. Towns and communities grew around the railway stations, leading to the establishment of schools, churches, and businesses.

In the 20th century, Prince George's County experienced rapid population growth and suburbanization. The county became a popular residential area for those working in nearby Washington, D.C., leading to the construction of numerous housing developments. The county also became a hub for government and educational institutions, hosting the University of Maryland and numerous federal agencies. Today, Prince George's County is a dynamic area with a diverse population, a mix of suburban and urban areas, and a thriving economy.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Prince George's County, Maryland.

  • 1696: Prince George's County is established by the Maryland General Assembly.
  • 1721: The county courthouse is built in Upper Marlboro.
  • 1776: Prince George's County citizens sign the Declaration of Independence.
  • 1801: The town of Bladensburg becomes the county seat.
  • 1850: The Washington Branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad opens in the county.
  • 1864: The Battle of Bladensburg takes place during the American Civil War.
  • 1880s: The establishment of streetcar lines leads to suburban development in the county.
  • 1908: The Washington Senators baseball team moves to Prince George's County and becomes the Washington Nationals.
  • 1930: The University of Maryland, College Park is founded in the county.
  • 1958: The Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) is completed, connecting the county to the surrounding areas.
  • 1974: The Washington Metro Green Line begins service in Prince George's County.