The purpose of this site is to share information about interesting events, people and places in the historic town of Bladensburg, located in Prince George's County, Maryland. This blog a project of Doug McElrath, Research Director of the Bladensburg History Project. As the information on this site grows, we may decide to create more formal web pages, but for now it will be a place to "park" interesting bits of historic information.
We'll start with early maps of Bladensburg dating from its founding in 1742. Bladensburg was surveyed and lots laid out by the original town commissions: James Edmonston, Osborn Sprigg, William Mauduit, Thomas Gantt, and Thomas Warren.
Question: Does the original survey still exist?
During the Yorktown campaign in the American Revolution, elements of the French army under the Comte de Rochambeau camped in Bladensburg in 1782. Rochambeau's engineers created detailed maps of these encampments, including this one showing the town in considerable detail.