PG Tricentennial Prince George's County:
Over 300 years of History

* Special Sources:
Maryland's Historical & Cultural Museums Directory, Maryland Historical & Cultural Publications, Crownsville, MD, June 1993, ISBN: 1-878399-52-7, pp. 19-23, Prince George's County Museums. SEE ALSO ARCHITECTURE, AVIATION, BLACK HISTORY, FAMILIES, GENERAL HISTORY, HOUSES, MILITARY, MUSEUMS, HISTORICAL SITES, TECHNOLOGY, TOWNS

Note: Much of the following list is taken from the above-mentioned publication, 1993-94 ed.

* Agricultural Research Hall of Fame Beltsville Agriculture Research Center
Visitor Center
Powder Mill Road
Beltsville, MD
Hours: MF 8-5 p.m. Collections: Honors 40 great plant breeders and pest eradicators of farming history.

* Airmen Memorial Museum
5211 Auth Road
Suitland, MD 20746
Museum Director: George E. Hicks, (301) 899-8386
Hours: MF 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Facilities: Military museum, library, work room, oral history tapes, archives, storage room Collections: WWII color photography exhibit; reproduction of 1950s orderly room; William S. Phillips aviation artwork; WWI uniforms, personal items, memorabilia, broad sides, posters, journals.

* Belair Mansion & Belair Stable Museum
2835 Belair Drive
City Hall
Bowie, MD 20715
Mailing Address: 2614 Kenhill Drive, Bowie, MD 20715
Director: Stephen L. Penn, (301) 262-6200
Hours: Open Sundays during May, June, September and October, 1-4 p.m.
Facilities: historic site, historic house, stables, gift shop, storage room
Collections: horse-racing artifacts and memorabilia, historic structures and furnishings, personal artifacts, tools and equipment, printed ephemera, photographs, rare books, archaeological items, artwork.

* Calvert Mansion (Riversdale), M-NCPPC
6005 48th Avenue
Riverdale, MD 20737
Mailing address: 48111 Riverdale Road, Riverdale, MD 20737
Manager: (301) 864-0420
Hours: Sunday afternoons and other times by appointment; archives open by appointment M-TH 9a.m.-4p.m.
Facilities: historic house, gift store, archives, work room
Collections: structures, furnishings, printed ephemera, photographs, manuscripts and documents, oral tapes, archaeological items.

* Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
Mears Avenue & C Street
P.O. Box 783
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Hours: May-Sept., daily 1-4 p.m. April-Oct., Sat-Sun only 1-4 p.m.
Collections: railroad and amusement park memorabilia, photographs, railroad equipment, railroad car, personal and recreational artifacts.

* College Park Airport Museum, M-NCPPC
6709 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
College Park, MD 20740
Museum manager: Karin Thiessen, (301) 864-1530
Hours: W-F 11a.m.-3p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11a.m.-5p.m.
Facilities: historic site, airfield, park, library, meeting room, temporary exhibit space, gift store, archives, storage room.
Collections: personal artifacts, oral history tapes, transportation, artifacts, tools and equipment, 5,000 photographs relating to the history of College Park Airport, printed ephemera, aviation books, aircraft parts, instruments, textiles, artwork.

* Darnall's Chance, M-NCPPC
14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Museum Manager: Mary Haley Amen, (301) 952-8010
Hours: Sundays, noon-4p.m.; weekdays by appointment
Facilities: historic hours and site, burial vault, meeting room, rental space, exhibit areas, gift shop. Collections: historical structures, 18th century archeological artifacts.

* Fort Washington Park
Fort Washington, MD
c/o National Capital Parks, East
1900 Anacostia Drive, SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
Museum Manager: Sharon Molineaux, (301) 763-4600

* Greenbelt Museum
10-B Crescent Road
P.O. Box 1025
Greenbelt, MD 20768
Museum Manager: Lee B. Shields, (301) 474-1936
Hours: Sundays 1-5 p.m.
Facilities: historic hours, workroom.
Collections: 1937 Greenbelt period furniture, Harlequin ware, 1930s dolls, games, skates and toys, artwork, architectural drawings, household items, original plans and specifications of the building of the town of Greenbelt.

* History Division, M-NCPPC
4302 Baltimore Ave.
Bladensburg, MD 20710
(301) 779-2011
TTY: (301) 779-5321

* Howard B. Owens Science Center
9601 Greenbelt Road
Lanham-Seabrook, MD 20706
Supervisor: Winnie S. Wooley, (301) 577-8718
Hours: MF 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Facilities: garden, nature center, nature trail, planetarium, classroom, science laboratory, Challenger Learning Center (a simulated space environment).
Collections: science equipment, natural history materials, artifacts, aviation history prints.

* Laurel Historical Society
Ninth and Main Streets
Box 774
Laurel, MD 20707
Vice President: Elizabeth L. Compton, (301) 776-6933
Hours: Call for schedule information.
Facilities: historic hours, park, nature center, nature trail, conservation laboratory, library, research laboratory, meeting room, temporary exhibit space, oral history tapes, archives, storage and workroom.
Collections: structures, personal artifacts, tools and equipment, local history books, photographs, artwork, costumes and textiles.

* Marietta Mansion, M-NCPPC
5626 Bell Station Road
Glenn Dale, MD 20769
PGCHS Headquarters, 301-464-0590
Museum Manager: Susan Wolfe, (301) 464-5291
Hours: March-December, Sundays noon-4p.m.; and by appointment FDML open Saturdays noon-4:00 p.m.
Facilities: historic hours, library, meeting room, gift store, oral history tapes.
Collections: 19th to 20th-century paintings/etchings/photographs, family photograph portraits, Chinese Export Porcelain, early 19th- century to late 19th-century furniture. The library houses 2,000 19th to 20th-century books on Maryland state and county history, 19th to 20th-century framed portraits and a clothing/textile collection.

* Montpelier Mansion, M-NCPPC
4302 Baltimore Avenue
Bladensburg, MD 20710
Museum Manager: (301) 953-1376

* NASA/Goddard Visitor Center and Museum
Code 130
Greenbelt, MD 20771
General Manager: Kathy Pedelty, (301) 286-8981; TDD (301) 286-8103
Hours: Daily 10a.m.-4p.m. Closed Christmas, New Year's and Thanksgiving.
Facilities: auditorium, permanent and temporary exhibit space, gift store, teacher resource laboratory, oral history tapes, snack bar, picnic area.
Collections: space equipment, photographs

* National Colonial Farm
Accokeek Foundation/Piscataway Park
3400 Bryan Point Road
Accokeek, MD 20607
Director of Operations: Stephen Colton, (301) 283-2113
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Facilities: colonial farm, American Chestnut program, Robert Ware Straus EcoSystem Farm, nature trail, wildlife pond, museum shop.
Collections: 18th-century tools and household furnishings, heirloom seeds, photographs and videotapes.

* Prince George's County Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 1513
Upper Marlboro, MD 20773
Vice Chairman: Susan G. Pearl, (301) 952-3521
Hours: MF 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Facilities: Hall of Fame display at Prince George's County Courthouse.
Collections: portraits.

* Surratt House Museum & Visitor Center, M-NCPPC
9118 Brandywine Road
Clinton, MD 20735
Historian: Laurie Verge, (301) 868-1121
Hours: March thru mid-December, 11a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat & Sun, noon to 4 p.m.
Facilities: Civil War-era house, herb garden, library, changing exhibits, gift store, archives, storage room.
Collections: structures, furnishings, family memorabilia (1800-1880), Victorian-era costumes (1850-1870), textiles, photographs relating to the conspiracy against Lincoln, his assassination and the flight of John Wilkes Booth, self-contained photographic display "Baltimore in the Civil War."

* W.H. Duvall Tool Museum, M-NCPPC
Patuxent River Park
16000 Croom Airport Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-8395
Park Naturalist: Jean Tierney, (301) 627-6074
Hours: Tuesday-Sat by reservation; Sundays 1-4 p.m.
Facilities: historic house, historic site
Collections: historic structures, tools and equipment, archival records, personal artifacts.

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