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War of 1812

Celebrate the exciting story of America’s “Second War of Independence” also known as the … War of 1812

Prince Georgians don’t have to go far to rediscover the War of 1812! During the next two years, M-NCPPC's Department of Parks and Recreation will highlight significant historical and cultural gems to tell the story of the War’s lasting impact on our landscape. Learn about the dramatic events that took place in Prince George’s County as the British marched to Washington, D.C. and burned numerous government buildings including the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress and the White House.

There will be a wonderful variety of programs, events, exhibits, re-enactments and living history activities throughout the county for the next two years as we commemorate the people, events and sites that were so important to this war.

Learn about Prince Georgians who participated in the War and the events which played a pivotal role in the War of 1812 at the Battle of Bladensburg Visitor Center located at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 2601 Annapolis Road in Bladensburg. There is no admission fee at the Visitor Center which is open daily from 10 am-4 pm. there is no admission fee. The Battle of Bladensburg Visitor Center and Bladensburg Waterfront Park are proud to be part of the National Park Service's Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

Prince George’s County has many wonderful historic sites associated with the War of 1812 including Darnall’s Chance, Mount Calvert, Riversdale House, St. Thomas Church, Bostwick, The Woodyard Site, George Washington House, Market Master's House, Oxon Hill Farm, the Hilleary-Magruder House, Magruder Spring, Fort Washington and Fort Lincoln, among others. Many of these sites are open to the public and offer specific programs and exhibits related to the War of 1812. These facilities are not operated by M-NCPPC. Please contact those facilities for up-to-date information about hours, admissions and scheduled events.

Information on the War of 1812 site were gathered from many partners and other readily available War of 1812 sources. We appreciate and thank the following partners: 

The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: A Reference Guide to Historic Sites in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia by Ralph Eshelman, Scott S. Sheads and Donald R. Hickey, 2010, John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

"Maryland State: Star Spangled 200" Official Website of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission

Maryland State Archives: Maryland in the War of 1812

Maryland in the War of 1812

We hope you enjoy your visit to Prince George's County and find many 'historical reasons' to return again!

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