Town of Berwyn Heights

Town of Berwyn Heights (HM2664)

Location: College Park, MD 20740 Prince George's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 59.592', W 76° 55.254'

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Anacostia Trails Heritage Area

Welcome to the Town of Berwyn Heights

Established in 1888 as a commuter suburb on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, this approximately 1-square mile, residential community was first named Charlton Heights and became Berwyn Heights when incorporated in 1896.

Today's Greenbelt Road sits on top of the old Branchville Road, which connected the Baltimore-Washington Turnpike (Route 1) and the Branchville stop of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (now CSX) with the properties of the Walker family who used to own the land around Greenbelt. Jonathan T. Walker and his son James owned the land just south of Branchville Road before they sold it to the developers of Charlton Heights. The property was called Ore Bank Farm because of a mine that produced, at its peak, 50 tons of iron ore per week. The iron was sent by rail to Baltimore furnaces for smelting.

Former mines, mills and farms have given way to retail businesses, government agencies and the University of Maryland as principal employers of the people who live here. Yet, many tradesmen and small businesses continue to make Berwyn Heights their home.

1 Town Hall
Comprises municipal building housing the Town government, Town Museum, and a 2-story former fire house that

now functions as venue for community events and meetings.

2 Berwyn Heights Elementary School & Community Center
Public elementary school with gymnasium surrounded by recreational facilities. The school court yard showcases an educational garden maintained by students and the PTA. Former site of the St. Ann's Infant Asylum.

3 Pop's Park
Playground with picnic area.

4 Sports Park
Site of Boys & Girls Club's ball fields and comfort station with rest rooms.

5 Indian Creek Park
Native American-themed playground and ball fields adjacent to Indian Creek Trail.

6 Historic Walking Tour (red line)
Showcases Victorian pattern book houses along Ruatan Street, Berwyn Road, and other streets. Walking tour brochure available at Historical Committee website (, Town Museum and at Indian Creek Trailhead.

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Maryland Milestones
Anacostia Trails Heritage Area

Maryland Milestones Centers

1 National Wildlife Visitor Center
(serving ATHA North)
10901 Scarlett Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD

2 Historic Greenbelt & Greenbelt Museum
(Serving Greenbelt, Berwyn Heights & College Park)
15 Crescent Road,

Greenbelt, MD
Mon-Sat 9a - 10p, Sun 9a - 7p

3 College Park Aviation Museum
(Serving College Park, Riverdale Park & University Park)
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD
Daily 10a-5p

4 ATHA Heritage Center
(Information Center & General Offices)
4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD
Call for hours

5 Bladensburg Waterfront Park (War of 1812 Information
(Serving Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, & Edmonston)
4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD
Daily 9a-5p, Park open sunrise to sunset

6 Joe's Movement Emporium (Arts District)
(Serving Mount Ranier, Brentwood, North Brentwood & Hyattsville)
3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Ranier, MD
Mon-Sat 10a-9p, Sun 10a-6p
HM NumberHM2664
Placed ByMaryland Heritage Areas Authority
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 333643 N 4317777
Decimal Degrees38.99320000, -76.92090000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.592', W 76° 55.254'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 35.52" N, 76° 55' 15.24" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301, 240, 703, 202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8326 55th Ave, College Park MD 20740, US
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