Cedar Haven on the Patuxent River Civic Association, Inc.: Aquasco/Woodville Cultural Resource Inventory
Twenty-one people have been interviewed earlier this year to illuminate and identify previously unknown cultural resources. Documentation of MIHP forms for the seven of the sites are completed. The work on two remaining sites for the Slave Cemetery and Eastview Plantation Slave Cemetery is ongoing as further archeological investigation is required. John Wesley Parsonage Site documentation will be completed by AAHA (African American Historic Association). The GIS storyboard is progressing and is expected to be completed by the Summer of 2020.
Aquasco is a rural village near the southeast corner of the County, named for a nearby tract (known by the Native American name “Aquascake”) first surveyed and patented in 1650. This part of the County, always principally agricultural, had the largest ratio of enslaved persons per total population before the Civil War. After emancipation, many members of this large labor force remained in the area to work as tenant farmers, making up a significant percentage of the population. The village of Aquasco is today a loose grouping of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century buildings, with some modern infill, clustered along both sides of Aquasco Road. Although several African-American historic and cultural resources and communities have been identified, documented, and in some cases protected with County Historic Site/Resource designations since the 1970s, ten more cultural resources in this category have since been identified.
These comprise of :
- Young Farmhouse, 22411 Aquasco Road
- Lynch-Stamp House, 16200 Saint Philips Road
- Delilah Waters House, 16300 Saint Mary’s Church Road
- Thomas Homestead, 22106 Aquasco Road
- Eastview Plantation Slave Cemetery, 17501 Eastview Farm Road
- Odd Fellows of Woodville, 22830 Aquasco Road
- Young Family House, 22820 Aquasco Road
- John Wesley Parsonage Site (Eagle Harbor Road)
- Samuel Gray House, 16603 Eagle Harbor Road
- Slave Cemetery
This project seeks to document these newly identified resources and, combining it with the work already completed, craft a more complete narrative of historic African-American life in the area.
1. Compile an African-American oral history of the area and creating a video.
2. Compile and complete the existing inventory of these types of cultural resources and undertake supporting documentation, including MIHP (Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties) Inventory Forms where resources exist;
3. Create an ESRI ArcGIS storyboard interactive map to support heritage tourism in southern Prince George’s County.
|August 9, 2019|
Oral History Interviews
February - August 2020
|Story Map||December 2020|