Greenbelt in 2012

A photo blog about Greenbelt, Maryland in its 75th anniversary year

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Excursion: Riversdale House: Battle of Bladensburg Encampment

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August 11

So far this year I have written entirely about things happening in Greenbelt, but Greenbelt does not exist in isolation. This is the first of a series of posts on short excursions from Greenbelt. I hope to visit some of Greenbelt’s immediate neighbors such as NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, University of Maryland, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, etc, where many Greenbelters work or visit. Last Saturday, I visited Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park to check out its annual Battle of Bladensburg Encampment. I ran into quite a few Greenbelters there.

One of the most notable events in American history happened about six miles from Greenbelt’s city center. On August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces defeated an American army at the Battle of Bladensburg and then went on to occupy Washington, D.C. and burn the U.S. Capitol and the White House. Each year on a Saturday in August, a Battle of Bladensburg Encampment is held at Riversdale House Museum near the site of the battle. It is attended by reenactors on both sides.

Reenactors representing British Royal Marines tell the British perspective of the battle. In the distance is Riversdale House, a five-part, stucco-covered brick plantation house built between 1801 and 1807. When the Battle of Bladensburg took place, the home was occupied by George Calvert, a descendant of Lords Baltimore, Maryland’s founding family, and his wife Rosalie Stier Calvert.

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August 15, 2012 at 8:00 am

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