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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