Farm Heritage Sites
Prince George’s County is home to four non-profit farms - Accokeek Foundation’s Ecosystem Farm and National Colonial Farm, Clagett Farm, Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Hard Bargain Farm, and ECO City Farms. These farms educate visitors about the importance of agriculture - past, present and future - and about land stewardship. In addition, the Department of Parks and Recreation has several living history museums dedicated to preserving the agricultural heritage of Prince George’s County. Parks and Recreation continues to preserve current farms through its land leasing program.
Maryland Milestones compiled this great resource, Farms & Fields: Agricultural Heritage, to help you explore and discover Prince George’s County’s deep ties to its agricultural roots!
The National Colonial Farm and Ecosystem Farm at the Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park combine a traditional colonial tobacco farm with the working organic and self-sustainable growth of agriculture. This unique site offers tours and recreational use of its facility while teaching the community about the growth of its vegetation and selling the organic produce it grows. Visit the website for information on classes and events.
Alice Ferguson Foundation's Hard Bargain Farm
Hard Bargain Farm is a 330 acre working farmstead with rolling hills, cropland, woodlands, and wetlands, located along the banks of the Potomac River in Accokeek, Maryland. Serving as an educational campus for the Alice Ferguson Foundation, the farm shares the wonder and excitement of the farm, woodlands, wetlands, and waterways of the Potomac River watershed with thousands of students, teachers, and citizens every year. Visit the website for information on classes and events.
Old Maryland Farm
Located just a short walking distance from the miniature train station in Watkins Regional Park, Old Maryland Farm is an educational farm facility open to the public. Its agricultural exhibits, livestock, and display gardens provide a farming experience to visitors. Interpretative programs for students visiting the farm are correlated to the State of Maryland curriculum standards. The facility offers interested visitors of all ages a variety of volunteer opportunities related to animal care, greenhouse and garden maintenance, and visitor services. Old Maryland Farm offers opportunities for birthday parties, pony rides, hayrides, and farm demonstrations. To arrange a group tour, reserve the facility for a birthday party, or learn more about upcoming events and ongoing farm programs, contact staff at the numbers above.
301 Watkins Park Dr, Kettering, MD 20774
Oxon Hill Farm
The diverse history of Maryland and our national heritage can be experienced at Oxon Cove Park. Through hands on activities, living history programs, and more, you can experience farm life and how it’s changed overtime. Explore how the park evolved from a plantation home during the War of 1812, to a hospital farm, to the park you can visit today. Take a step back into time when life seemed simpler. Explore Oxon Hill Farm, the main feature of Oxon Cove Park and its outbuildings. Join in on the typical farm day activities, learn about the dairy cow and other farm animals, or take a wagon ride through the natural areas of the park.
6411 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
P.A. Bowen Farmstead
P.A. Bowen Farmstead is a small multi-species farm that uses animals to work and improve the land by harnessing the unique talents of each: the heritage-breed pigs clear wooded areas of the farm to create silvopasture for the dairy cows; the cows are rotationally-grazed each day and provide milk to make award-winning artisan cheeses; and chickens come behind to clean up after everyone by scattering the patties and eating the fly larvae.
This traditional method of farming requires no external inputs of chemicals or fertilizer, retards growth of pathogenic organisms, and vastly improves the soil. The leftover whey from cheese making is fed to the pigs and chickens, which adds amazing flavor to the meat. We use no soy, corn or other GMOs in our own mix of locally-sourced organic grains that we grind here on the farm. Our animals are exceptionally healthy and happy because they are allowed to be and act as they are meant to. Be sure to check out our website for farm tour info and classes.
Patuxent Rural Life Museums
The Patuxent Rural Life Museums, located within the 7,000-acre Patuxent River Park, are a collection of museums and farm buildings dedicated to preserving the heritage of southern Prince George’s County. The museum complex is composed of the Duvall Tool Museum, a 1920s Sears Catalog House, a Blacksmith Shop, a Farrier and Tack Shop, a Tobacco Farming Museum, and the 1880 Duckett Log Cabin with its privy, chicken coop, and meat house. The museums feature exhibits, guided tours, and demonstrations. Call the park to get more information on hours of operation, or to schedule a tour.
16000 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772,
Riversdale House Museum
Riversdale, an elegant Federal style plantation house, was constructed between 1801 and 1807 for Henri Stier, a Flemish aristocrat, and completed by his daughter, Rosalie, and her husband, George Calvert, grandson of the fifth Lord Baltimore. The Calverts’ son, Charles Benedict, who took over the estate after the death of his father, made Riversdale into a nationally recognized showplace for a wide variety of progressive agricultural practices. He was the principal founder of the Maryland Agricultural College (today the University of Maryland, College Park), providing the land for it and serving as its president. In addition, as a member of Congress, he was instrumental in the establishment of the United States Bureau (now Department) of Agriculture. Today, this elegant architectural gem has been restored to reflect the lifestyle of the Calverts in the early 19th century. The interpretive experience is enhanced by the variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, and field crops grown in the demonstration gardens and orchard, and the Riversdale Kitchen Guild utilizes the produce in their “Seasonal Selections” foodways demonstrations. The museum hosts public events throughout the year, including lectures and hands-on workshops. Please check the website for a listing of events.
4811 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale, MD 20737
Star Spangled Banner National Trail & Scenic Byway
The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is a 560-mile land and water route that tells the story of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region. Through sites and landscapes Prince George’s County, Maryland, the Trail tells the stories of the events, people, and places that led to the birth of our National Anthem. This trail connects the historic farm landscapes that were common over 200 years ago. starspangledtrail.net
The Farm Heritage Sites portion of the site is provided thanks to a grant from the Maryland Milestones (Anacostia Trails) Heritage Area.
The Maryland Milestones program of Anacostia Trails Heritage Area celebrate the unique, first, and only things that have happened in the Heritage Area which covers Northern Prince George’s County. Explore the history of agriculture in the Heritage Area by stopping by several of the linked partner sites and by picking up a copy of the Farms and Fields Heritage Route brochure online or at our Heritage Center at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD. Visit marylandmilestones.org for more information.