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

Picture of a Throwaway House
Throwaway Houses
During, the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, most Prince Georgeans lived in small frame houses like this one. They had. at the most, two or three rooms. and the chimneys were made of wattle and daub. In her book Tobacco Colony (1982), historian Gloria Main calls them "throwaway houses," for they were hastily (and inexpensively) built of green wood and then readily abandoned when it was time to move on to new fields elsewhere on the plantation. Visitors to early Maryland often complained of the number and unsightliness of abandoned houses. None of these carly structures survives in Prince George's County today, although one like them has been built at Patuxent River Park near Croom. This replica is at Saint Mary's City. Brick chimneys, incidentally, did not replace the wattle-and-daub ones until the eighteenth century, except on finer homes. Courtesy of Saint Mary's City Commission. From Prince George's County: A Pictorial History by Alan Virta. Used with permission of The Donning Company/Publishers.

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These pages were created as a part of the 1996 PG County Tricentennial celebration. Additional history resources are listed on the bibliography page. These pages are not being updated. They are now located on the Prince George's County Historical Society's web site. Contact links: web site manager - Society information. You can search the entire site through this search form.:

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