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Discover History All Around BeechTree in Upper Marlboro

One of the great things about living in BeechTree is being close to so much history. And not just in Washington, D.C. There’s plenty of interesting history right here in Upper Marlboro to fascinate curious kids or dedicated history buffs.

Did you know this area was first settled in 1695? Upper Marlboro — then called Upper Marlborough — was established as a port city for tobacco shipments and has been the Prince George’s County seat since 1721. It’s the birthplace of John Carroll, America’s first Catholic Archbishop and the founder of Georgetown University.


Upper Marlboro also witnessed critical events in the War of 1812. British soldiers marched into the mostly deserted town before heading east to burn the nation’s capital. They returned afterward to loot Upper Marlboro and ended up kidnapping Dr. William Beanes, a respected town elder. He was held on a British ship in the Chesapeake Bay.

A lawyer named Francis Scott Key was among those sent to negotiate his release and it was then that he watched the bombardment of Fort McHenry, inspiring him to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

So history is all around us. You don’t have to go far to visit historic homes and sites. We encourage you to check them out. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about this beautiful place we call home, a place that helped shape our nation.