Marietta House Museum

Marietta House Museum

5626 Bell Station Road
Glenn Dale, MD

Amenities
5626 Bell Station Road
Glenn Dale, MD
Tel: (301) 464-5291
Email: mariettahouse@pgparks.com
Hours:
· Museum Hours : Tues - Fri from 11AM - 4PM
· Museum Tour Times : 11am, 1pm, 3pm
· Library Hours : Mon - Fri from 10AM - 4PM
· Business Hours : Mon - Fri from 9:30AM - 4:30PM

Amenities

  • Parking Lot

  • Picnic Tables

  • Restrooms & Comfort Stations

Rentals

  • Event Buildings & Areas

<strong>Visit</strong>

About the Site

Built in 1813, Marietta is a late Federal-style brick house and past tobacco plantation, the former home of Gabriel Duvall and generations of his family, and the enforced home of many enslaved men, women, and children. Gabriel Duvall (1752-1844) was a lawyer, Maryland legislator, U.S. Congressman, U.S. Comptroller, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice. The Duvall family enslaved anywhere from nine to 40 people at Marietta during any given year between 1783 and 1864. The Duvalls enslaved multiple generations of the Duckett, Butler, Jackson, and Brown families at Marietta. As an attorney, Gabriel Duvall worked on behalf of over 120 enslaved men, women and children who sued in court for the freedom. In this way, he established his reputation as a successful lawyer who won nearly 75% of those enslaved people’s petitions for freedom. The paradox begs to be questioned when we know that Duvall fought against the petition of freedom filed by Thomas and Sarah Butler, whose family Duvall enslaved at Marietta. Marietta is a nationally recognized historic site which includes a cemetery, original root cellar, and Duvall law office, as well as 25 acres where visitors can walk to see the former locations of outbuildings and slave dwelling.


Guided tours of the historic house and site highlight the relationships among the enslaved people and their enslavers that were shaped in part by the nation’s founding documents and local slave codes. Hear the histories of families’ decisions to seek freedom through flight, the courts, and deeds. Since 2004, Marietta has been part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Plan Your Visit

Hours:

  • Museum Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11AM – 4PM
  • Museum Tour Times: 11AM, 1PM, 3PM
  • Library Hours: Monday – Friday 10AM – 4PM
  • Business Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30AM – 4PM

Admission:

  • Adults: $5
  • Children (12-years-old and younger): Free
  • Active Military: Free
  • Students on Field Trips: $3

Tours:

  • Self-guided out-door walking tour: Free
  • Groups of 10 to 30 visitors per guided-tour time need to make advance reservations at least two weeks before their tour date.
  • Guided Tours available 11AM, 1PM, 3PM
  • To make reservations visit PGParks.com and sign into Parks Direct, write MariettaHouse@pgparks.com, or call (301) 464-5291

Accessibility

  • Mobility challenged visitors can visit the period rooms in Marietta House Museum on the ground floor and first floor only. An elevator is available.
  • CC is available on the orientation video on the ground floor.
  • Videos of all the interpreted period rooms are available on the ground floor.
  • Sensory kits are available on the ground floor.
  • A smooth brick walkway leads from the main parking lot to the front of the Law Office, Saddlery, and Marietta House front facade, though no ramp access is available.
  • Mobility challenged visitors may also choose to park in the upper parking lot at the ground floor museum lobby, north side of the historic house.
  • The orientation video includes Spanish subtitles. The Law Office and Slave Trade exhibits as well as the cemetery interpretation include Spanish translations.
  • The first floor of the historic house is completely wheelchair accessible, with exception of one room.

Stay in Touch

  • To sign up for Marietta House Museum’s monthly newsletter contact mariettahouse@pgparks.com
  • For upcoming events and programs refer to Marietta’s Monthly Newsletter, check Marietta’s website, or call (301) 464-5291.
  • For past issue of Marietta House Museum’s newsletter in English and in Spanish visit rosenotes.net
  • Follow us on Facebook for the latest news on events, programs, and activities.

<strong>Events</strong> <strong>& Programs</strong>
<strong>School Programs</strong>

Educators and group leaders may choose from two field trip packages for students in grades 4 through 12. Each field trip package includes an interactive guided tour of the historic house, law office, and grounds giving voice the enslaved community followed by interactive group activities. In-class pre-visit and post-visit lessons are included. Great Paradox: In groups and interactive projects, students examine how our founding documents, the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution, protected slavery. Grades 4-8 From Enslavement to Freedom: Using primary sources students work in groups to discover the history of the people who lived and labored at Marietta and how they lived immediately after the U.S. Civil War. Grades 5-12

How to Schedule

To make reservations please call (301) 464-5291 or email MariettaHouse@pgparks.com. Please plan your field trip visits a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Fees

  • Student: $3
    Teachers and Bus Driver: Free
    Chaperones: Require 1adult chaperone (free) for every 10 students
    Additional people: $5
    Fees are collected at the door upon arrival

Bus Driver Instructions

When you enter the front gate at Marietta on Bell Station Rd, make the immediate left onto the gravel road. Complete a full turn around and park the bus with the passenger door facing the gate, and the bus facing the house. You can park on the gravel. When exiting, please be careful of the tight turn and use as much space as needed (you may back into the car parking lot if you need to create more space). Drivers are welcome to use the museum’s restroom. Please check in at the front desk.

Program Descriptions

To make reservations please call (301) 464-5291 or email MariettaHouse@pgparks.com.

Great Paradox: A look at how our founding documents protected slavery
Grades 4-8

Students will engage in an interactive guided tour learning about the free and enslaved people who lived and labored at Marietta, a tobacco plantation. The special focus of this field trip is on how the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution protected slavery and shaped the lived experiences of multiple enslaved generations. Two activities especially designed for these grades are integrated into the 95-minute visit. In-class pre-visit and post-visit lessons are included.

Students exam the Bill of Rights in a group activity to see how civil and human rights are outlined in the first amendment. This activity illustrates how the Bill of Rights affected enslaved people’s pursuits for freedom. After reviewing the preamble of the U.S. Constitution, students can think like a founder! Students will dissect the language of the preamble and discuss what it meant for enslaved people. Students get to use a feather pen and sealing wax to finalize their amendments to the U.S. Constitution!

  • Founding of the New Government (1776-1791)
    Unit Enduring Understandings: Nations are constructed and governed through compromise and conflict.
    Topic: United States Constitution
    – Students will identify the specific language and goals in the Preamble of the Constitution
    Topic: Ratification and the Bill of Rights
    – Students will assess key language and the impact of phrases of the Bill of Rights to draw conclusions about civil and human rights protections

From Enslavement to Freedom: Duckett Family Found in Primary Sources
Grades 4-8

Students engage in an interactive guided tour learning about the free and enslaved people who lived and labored at Marietta, a 19th century tobacco plantation. The focus for this field trip is on how to use primary sources to discover the history of the people who lived and labored at Marietta and how they lived immediately after the U.S. Civil War. The Duckett family was enslaved at Marietta for over three generations, and they settled in D.C. and Alexandria, VA after Emancipation. Students use authentic documents from census records, maps, tax records, wills, and court records to connect the Ducketts to life after the Civil War.

  • Topic: Using Primary Sources
    Students will identify data in U.S. Census records, tax records, photographs, maps and newspaper articles.
    Topic: Historical Thinking Skills
    Using inductive reasoning students will use data they collect to build a brief family narrative about the formerly enslaved Duckett family freed from Marietta by 1865.
<strong>Rentals</strong>

General Information

  • Marietta House Museum offers a newly renovated conference room complete with Wi-Fi, a direct entrance, kitchen, and adjacent restrooms.
  • The conference is on the ground level and can accommodate up to 36 seated guests for meals and 50 guests seated for theater style.
  • The rental includes on-site parking. Marietta House Museum requires that you hire a professionally licensed caterer for your event.
  • Rental party is responsible for all set-up and breakdown of the event.
  • Proof of residency of Prince George’s or Montgomery Counties is required, and renter must be at least 21 years old to rent space at Marietta House Museum.
  • Renters can choose from a weekday between 10am and 4pm or a Saturday afternoon (2pm-6pm) or evening (5pm-9pm).
  • For rates and availability, please call (301) 464-5291 or email MariettaHouse@pgparks.com

Fees

Conference Room:

  • Weekdays between 10am and 4pm and one additional hour for clean up: $200 plus refundable security deposit
  • Saturday between 2pm and 6pm and one additional hour for clean up: $400 plus $150 refundable deposit;
  • Saturday between 5pm and 9pm and one additional hour for clean up: $600 plus $150 refundable deposit

Conference Room and Patio:

  • Saturday between 2pm and 6pm and one additional hour for clean up or between 5pm and 9pm and one additional hour for clean up: $1,000 plus renter is responsible for their tent rental and a $150 refundable deposit
  • Saturday between 2pm and 6pm and one additional hour for clean up or between 5pm and 9pm and one additional hour for clean up: $1,000 plus renter is responsible for their tent rental and a $150 refundable deposit

*Capacity for the Conference Room is up to 50 persons for theater style and 36 person for table seating

To Book the Event Space

1. Contact Stacey Hawkins, Program Coordinator to check availability of the date and time you desire for your event, (301) 464-5291 or MariettaHouse@pgparks.com

2. Schedule an appointment with Stacey to preview the rental space at Marietta House Museum. Please contact us early to start planning.

3. Rentals in the Conference Room are up to six hours plus one hour for final clean up on weekdays and up to four hours and one hour for final clean up on Saturdays.

4. Make an official reservation by paying the required security deposit and rental deposit (50% of the relevant flat rate) and sign the use agreement.

5. Interested renters have up to ten days to hold their desired date by making a refundable security deposit. However, the hold will automatically be cancelled at the end of the ten days if the 50% rental deposit and agreement are not received and signed within the ten days.

6. The date and time of your event is confirmed upon the receipt of the deposits and signed agreement.

<strong>History & Resources</strong>

More information coming soon.