Poplar Hill on His Lordship’s Kindness in Photos (Clinton MD)

Poplar Hill on His Lordship’s Kindness (Also called Poplar Hill Historic House Museum) |7606 Woodyard Road, Clinton, MD 20735 | 301-856-0358 | Tours of 12 or more by appointment only | Admission Fee | Online Brochure | On the list of African American Heritage Sites in Prince George’s County.


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My Favorite Posts

dreamstime_xs_36806748 - FavoriteYears ago, I was the moral support for a friend going to a hairstylist. She had long hair, nearly to her waist and wanted a change. A big change! She sat in the chair and told the hairstylist, “Cut it short and give me something that will work for me.” I think the hairstylist was more excited than my friend.
His smile grew as hair fell on the floor. He explained he loved it when a client does a complete change and gives him creative freedom with the new look. “Cut it down and start new!”
I know how he feels. My last post announced the new look. Yesterday, I deleted all my old menus and pages. Three years of accumulated stuff gone in a couple of minutes. My version of “Cut it down and start new!”
My moment of design bless was brief. Two of those old pages are still useful, so I added them back.
My first new page is my favorite posts on this blog. The list of my favorite posts are below, but I will maintain the list on the new page. I hope you like them as much as I do:

05/08/2015 – Why I’m Writing a Blog: Braggables, Passion and Love!

06/06/2015 – Road Trip Tips

06/06/2015 – Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Trip

06/10/2015 – A Town Called “Accident” in Garrett County

06/14/2015 – Restaurants and the Bathroom Test

07/02/2015 – The Missing EatWith in Maryland

08/08/2015 – Spring Time Dishes In A Bright Home: An EatWith Experience in DC

09/10/2015 – Hotel Stay: Why You Should Tip Housekeeping Every Night

01/28/2016 – Road Trips: Drive Your Car or Rent

01/31/2016 – When Should You Sell Your Old Car?

02/01/2016 – Presenting The PawPaw

04/13/2016 – Adventure Walking: Walking for Fun and as a Sport

06/25/2016 – SuperHandyApp, SuperPro, Snow Gone, Awesome!

12/14/2016 – Md. ‘Ice Cream Trail’ Leads Those With Sweet Tooth Across The State

07/19/2016 – Maryland’s Official State Sport – Ring Jousting

10/27/2016 – Honey Wine, Mead and the Rise of the Meadery

04/28/2018 – African American Heritage Sites in Prince George’s County MD – The List


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A New Look for Maryland Travel Stories!

dreamstime_xs_96636988 - New LookThis blog is over 3 years old and has over 200 posts. It’s time to remodel. I don’t have an artistic bone in my body how to change a blog? Pick a new theme from the wonderful selection WordPress provides. Tada … blog remodeled! I hope you like it. Now the real work begins cleaning up my menus and projects. Thank you for reading Maryland Travel Stories!

Holy Family Catholic Church (Mitchellville MD)

Holy Family Catholic Church |12010 Woodmore Road, Mitchellville, MD 20721 | 301-249-2266 | See website for hours and schedule of services | On the list of African American Heritage Sites in Prince George’s County.

20180512_154902880_iOSThis was a pleasant visit! The Holy Family Catholic Church ring all the bells for an African American Heritage site:

  • Plenty of free parking
  • Well-maintained grounds
  • Picturesque views
  • Positive history
  • Friendly staff

Rev. Joe Jenkins permitted me to take photos inside the church and shared historical tidbits while my camera snapped away. His face beamed as he talked about the current congregation at the church.

20180512_155822937_iOSThe church was built in 1890 to meet the needs of African American people in the area at the time. People traveled from over 100 miles when the church opened.

The church has a very diverse congregation today. Elder whites, African Americans, and Filipino Americans make up the largest segment according to the pastor.

20180512_154329485_iOSOne of the most interesting historical tidbits … a beautiful dark wood ceiling laid out like the planking on a ship in sections. The wood used to build the work of art came from a disassembled slave ship. I call that positive!

The church has an excellent website. Visit Holy Family Catholic Church.

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Note to Self

20180428_180852755_iOSNote to self – I had a great time at the Ridgeley Rosenwald School on Saturday (04/28/2018)! I was there to hear Rev. Perry Smith III, the esteemed former pastor of the First Baptist Church of North Brentwood. The program was a discussion of his contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. Rev. Smith was a Freedom Rider in 1961 and worked alongside Dr. King., Rosa Parks and other heroes of the movement. Artura Jackson, M.A. (Museum / 20180428_184420855_iOSProgram Assistant with the Black History Program at Abraham Hall) presented Rev. Smith and guided the discussion. Mae Williams (Chair of the Ridgeley Rosenwald School Taskforce) talked about her experience in the movement as well.

Why the note to self? This would have been an opportunity to record a program but have you ever tried to hold a camera still for more than a few minutes? I just purchased my first tripod! Time to up my game as a blogger.


Note to self – I’m now using Grammarly.com to check my posts before I hit the “Publish” button. While it’s easy to fix a spelling or grammar issue in a post, it looks bad to email readers. I’m very sorry about that! I can’t say it won’t happen again but I’m trying very hard.


Note to self – It’s time to clean up the menus on my blog. I want them to correctly show the projects I’m working on. You’ll see the cleanup over the next few days. My current blogging projects are:

  1. Exploring Maryland Counties – Currently exploring Garrett County.
  2. Exploring African American Museums and Heritage Sites in Prince George’s County
  3. Maryland Ice Cream Trail – I’ve been to all the creameries on the trail as of last year. I will visit my two favorite creameries and any new creameries added to the trail this year.
  4. 10 Best Small Towns on the Chesapeake Bay – This is based on a post in Coastal Living Magazine.


Note to self – Why I’m Ending the Maryland Waterfall Project – This one makes me sad. I was really looking forward to having photos of all the waterfalls in Maryland. My first to attempts were a bust. It’s not possible for me to get photos of all the falls in Maryland. Gap Falls is on private property. Access is blocked by a gate. Yellow Falls is on the Potomac River by Turkey Island. You need a boat to visit this falls. Best I quit while I’m ahead. There are other projects I can work on.


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Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church in Photos (Landover MD)

Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church & Cemetery | 8900 Central Ave., Landover, MD 20743 | 301-925-7599 | Visit by Appointment Only | Privately Owned | On the list of African American Heritage Sites in Prince George’s County.


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African American Heritage Sites in Prince George’s County MD – The List

20161228_165007570_iosIt’s funny how a small project for my blog has grown into a real journey. It started with the idea to visit every African-American Museum in the state of Maryland (MD). I spent time on Google and a few travel sites and collected a list of 14 museums and 1 point of interest. It’s a small list but I was only searching for museums.

My first visit from the list was the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center in North Brentwood, MD. I found a brochure on the information table at the center, “Maryland’s African-American Travel Guide” and thought … why not. I’ll expand my list to include all the places in the brochure.

20180325_173042692_iOSI visited Abraham Hall in Beltsville MD and learned about the Black History Program that operates there. The staff introduced me to two other heritage sites in the county they help manage (Ridgeley Rosenwald School and Dorsey Chapel).

My visit to the Ridgeley Rosenwald School in Capitol Heights, MD has expanded my list even more. I found another brochure, “African American Heritage Sites in Prince George’s County“. There are 17 sites and I’m adding 2 points of interest for the county.

Here’s the list:

  1. Abraham Hall (Beltsville MD)
  2. Belair Mansion (Bowie MD)
  3. Blacksox Park (Bowie MD)
  4. Cherry Hill Cemetery (Riverdale MD)
  5. Columbia Air Center (Upper Marlboro MD)
  6. Dorsey Chapel (Glenn Dale MD)
  7. Holy Family Catholic Church (Mitchellville MD)
  8. Mount Calvert Historical & Archaeological Park (Upper Marlboro MD)
  9. Northhampton Slave Quarters & Archaeological Park (Lake Arbor MD)
  10. Poplar Hill on His Lordship’s Kindness (Clinton MD)
  11. Queen’s Chapel United Methodist Church Site & Cemetery (Beltsville MD)
  12. Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church & Cemetery (Landover MD)
  13. Ridgeley Rosenwald School (Capitol Heights MD)
  14. Riversdale House Museum (Riverdale Park MD)
  15. St. Mark’s United Methodist Church (Laurel MD)
  16. St. Paul United Methodist Church (Oxon Hill MD)
  17. The Charles Duckett Log Cabin at the Patuxent Rural Life Museums (Upper Marlboro MD)
  18. The Black History Program at Abraham Hall (BHP@AH)
  19. African American Heritage Preservation Group of Prince George’s County


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Meeting Living History at the Ridgeley Rosenwald School (Capitol Heights MD)

20180422_184007078_iOSI visited the Ridgeley Rosenwald School in Capitol Heights, MD to work on a post for my blog. The school is an African-American heritage site in Prince George’s County. Its managed by the Black History Program at Abraham Hall (BHP@AH) and the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

I had a wonderful time at the school! Mae Williams (a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority) gave me a tour of the school. Her enthusiasm was equally matched by her extensive knowledge of the school’s history and renovation.

I also met a woman who actually attended the school as a child. She could point to herself in one of the old photos mounted on the school’s wall. It was a pleasure meeting you Shirley Taylor (Spriggs)!

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