Click on the link  to read the Gazette article by Daniel Leaderman / Staff writer . . .

Colonial Picnic

photos by Dan Gross


Do you have an old photograph taken in Upper Marlboro before 1945? If you do, then Darnall’s Chance House Museum wants to see it! The photograph can be of anything or anyone from Upper Marlboro’s past – a building, special event, tobacco warehouse, fishing boat, farm, family picture – you name it. The only criteria is the photograph was taken in the Upper Marlboro vicinity before the end of World War II and has never been published in a book or newspaper or housed in a public archive/library.  All the photographs gathered for this contest will be given to the Town of Upper Marlboro Historical Committee for inclusion in their archives.  Five winning photographs will receive $75 each. All entries will be on public display at the museum on Fridays & Sundays between June 1 and June 30 during tour hours. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Colonial Picnic on June 13th.  Submission Deadline: May 15, 2015.  For questions, call Darnall’s Chance House Museum at 301-952-8010 or email  or go online to:

Open the PDF flyer to read the Contest Rules (page 2):  Upper Marlboro Photo Contest PDF



The Board of Town Commissioners will hold an Extra Work Session on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Town Hall, 14211 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.  Though the meeting is open to public, the majority of the meeting will be closed under authority of Maryland Article 10-508 (a)(1)(i) for the Board to discuss individual personnel evaluations, compensation and promotions for Fiscal Year 2016.

Open Link to read the Town’s newsletter for March 2015.


The TUMHC will be holding an Archiving & Planning Session this Saturday, March 21, 2015 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Town Hall, 14211 School Lane Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.  Residents of the Town and surrounding area are encouraged to bring items of historical interest to be scanned for the Town’s archives. The group will also be discussing and formulating plans for its summer events and activities.  Guests & volunteers are invited to share their ideas about what kind of venue should be developed to replace the annual Marlborough Day Festival. Visit online at:  The meeting is open to the public.

The Board of Town Commissioners will hold a Work Session–Monday, March 23, 2015 at 9:15 a.m.

Typically, work sessions are held on the 4th Tuesday of every month. This months meeting was rescheduled due to a meeting schedule conflict.

Town Hall, 14211 School Lane • Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 (301) 627-6905



Click on the links to read the approved minutes from the February 10 & 24 Town Meetings.



There’s still room left for this must-do annual event!  Darnall’s Chance House Museum wants you to be their guest as they recreate the atmosphere and flavors of a mid-18th century tavern dinner in old Upper Marlborough. After enjoying colonial food & spirits, listen to Ship’s Company sing sea chanties and tavern songs of the period. Reservation and payment required in advance. Fee: $40/resident. Call: 301-952-8010 for more information. 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

The Board of Town Commissioners will hold their Regular Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 14211 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. At this meeting, the Board will be discussing the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget currently in development, as well as, continuing discussion about Snow Emergency Parking issues, and ideas for a Town oriented event to replace the now defunct Marlborough Day Festival.  The meeting is open to public participation.

Thursday, March 5—ALERT!—Town Offices will be closing at 11:00 a.m. today due to the snow storm. Our emergency personnel will continue on duty with operations.  PLEASE DON’T PARK ON THE STREET if you have a driveway you can park in.  If this is truly not possible, PARK ON THE ODD SIDE until the even side has been cleared by our crews—then move it to the even side so the odd side can be cleared. . . . We request our residents to check-up on their neighbors who may NEED ASSISTANCE — For emergencies call 911, and for non-life threatening situations where you would like a Town Officer to respond call 301-352-2100 and request such . . . Administrative operations will be closing at 11:00 a.m. We will update this posting throughout the day with any changes or further alerts.