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Prince George's County, Maryland, USA - B. & O. Station, Laurel, Md.

Prince George's was erected from Calvert and Charles counties in 1695 (Chapter 13, Acts of 1695, May Session). The County was named for Prince George of Denmark (1653-1708), brother of Christian V (1646-1699), king of Denmark and Norway. Prince George was the husband of Queen Anne (1665-1714), who ruled Great Britain and Ireland from 1702 to 1714.

Boundaries: Bounded northwest by District of Columbia & Montgomery County; northeast & east by Patuxent River; south by Charles County; west by Potomac River.

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B. & O. Station, Laurel, Md.
Prince George's County, Maryland, USA

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Prince George's County, Maryland, USA

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Prince George's County, Maryland, USA

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Prince George's County was created by the English Council of Maryland in the Province of Maryland in 1696 from portions of Charles and Calvert counties.
During the War of 1812, the British marched through Prince George's county by way of Bladensburg to burn the White House.
On their return, they kidnapped a prominent doctor, William Beanes. Lawyer Francis Scott Key was asked to negotiate for his release, which resulted in his writing "The Star-Spangled Banner".
1854 - Prince George county
Prince George, a county in the S. part of Maryland, bordering on the District of Columbia, and on the Potomac river, which separates it from Virginia, contains about 600 square miles. The Potomac washes its western border, the Patuxent forms its boundary on the E. and N. E.; it is also drained by the West branch of Patuxent river, and by Anaensta and Piscataway creeks. The surface is moderately hilly; the soil is generally productive. Tobacco, Indian corn, wheat, oats, hay, and butter are the staples. According to the census of 1850, this county produced more tobacco than any other in the Union, and more Indian corn than any other in the state. There were raised in that year 1,690,045 bushels of corn; 231,687 of wheat; 5557 tons of hay; 8,380,851 pounds of tobacco, and 100,947 pounds of butter. There were 2 cotton factories, 1 woollen factory, 1 iron furnace, 1 machine shop, 2 manufactories of farming implements, and 4 flour and grist mills. It contained 31 churches, 1 newspaper... Read MORE...

1895 - Prince George's county
Prince George’s, a county in the S. part of Mary land, has an area of about 480 square miles. It is bounded on the E. by the Patuxent River, which runs southeastward and enters Chesapeake Bay, and on the W. by the Potomac River and the District of Columbia. This county is also drained by many small streams. The surface is moderately hilly. The soil is fertile. Tobacco, Indian corn, and wheat are the staple products. Iron ore in some quantity is found here. This county is traversed by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad, and the Washington & Potomac Railroad. Capital, Upper Marlborough. Pop. in 1870, 21,138; in 1880, 26,451; in 1890, 26,080.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1909 - The College Park Airport is established in Prince George's County
The College Park Airport (est. 1909) is the world’s oldest continuously operated airport and is home to the adjacent College Park Aviation Museum.
The Prince George's County Volunteer Firemen's Association was formed in 1922 with several of the first companies organized in the county. The first members of the association were Hyattsville, Cottage City, Mount Rainier, and Brentwood.
2023 - Here's a list of places to visit and things to do in Prince George's County:
National Harbor: Located along the Potomac River, National Harbor is a bustling waterfront destination with restaurants, shops, and entertainment options. You can take a ride on the Capital Wheel for panoramic views of the city and enjoy events like outdoor concerts and festivals.

Prince George's County African American Museum and Cultural Center: Explore the rich history and culture of African Americans in the county through art, exhibits, and interactive displays.

Greenbelt Park: This national park offers hiking trails, picnicking areas, and a serene escape from the city. It's a great place for a nature walk or a family picnic.

Patuxent Research Refuge: If you're a birdwatcher or wildlife enthusiast, this refuge is a must-visit. It's a beautiful place for hiking, birdwatching, and photography.

Riversdale House Museum: Step back in time by visiting this historic mansion. It's a great place to learn about early 19th-century life and architecture.

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