Melwood Park open house tours:
This unique dwelling was visited by George Washington on several occasions and the British Army camped here during their march to Washington, D.C. in August 1814, during the War of 1812.
Address: “Melwood Park” - 10908 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Date: Saturday, August 18 and Saturday, August 25, Saturday, September 8 and Saturday, September 15
Time: Two tours will be given on each day, the first at 12:00 pm and the second at 2:30 pm
Contact: Michael Vallen - firstname.lastname@example.org
- He is working on getting a phone line set up to receive calls about these tours, however at this point email is the best way to contact him.
Additional Info: - Parking is available on site if needed, however we are also looking into the possibility of parking at the park located next door.
- Water and restrooms will also be available on site.
- He is asking for something small,
perhaps a $5 donation to go towards the building fund.
“Melwood Park” website with additional information and building history can be found:
Melwood Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, is an unusual surviving example of early Prince George's County architecture. It was constructed ca. 1750 by the prominent Digges family, and is quite large and finely detailed for that period. Dwellings of this early settlement period in Prince George's County were generally smaller, more impermanent and of vernacular, rather than a more academically inspired Georgian style as seen at Melwood park. Few exhibited the architectural detailing of Melwood Park which reflects the wealth and social status of the Digges family. The fact that it has survived relatively intact is even more rare. Once the
"mansion house" of a large tobacco plantation, Melwood Park was reduced to a small tenant farm over the past hundred years or so.