Town of Berwyn Heights

Town of Berwyn Heights (HM2GVG)

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N 38° 59.438', W 76° 54.389'

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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.

The B&O trains stopped at Waugh Avenue (now Berwyn Road), then a vital connection to Berwyn, where the post office, general store and other businesses were located. A pretty Victorian station house once stood on the west side of the tracks, built in 1890 with money raised by locals served by the trains. The station continued to stop there until the opening of Metro's Green Line.

The trains not only served passengers, but also brought in goods and supplies. Former Blundon Avenue, now under Metro tracks, ran next to the B&O and was used for on- and offloading freight. In the early 20th century, entire kit homes were built by the resident-owned Berwyn Heights Company. Mail order homes from Sears Roebuck, Harris and Aladdin Companies still dot Berwyn Heights and add to the variety of architectural styles found in the Town.

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

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
Placed ByMaryland Heritage Area Authority
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Date Added Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 334886 N 4317465
Decimal Degrees38.99063333, -76.90648333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.438', W 76° 54.389'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 26.28" N, 76° 54' 23.34" W
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