Residential Area Designated as Historic District

The National Park Service designated the older residential areas of the Town of Upper Marlboro as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places on December 12, 2012. This designation was primarily based on the many historic and architecturally significant residential buildings within the town.
“I’m very excited about the conferral of this designation,” said Steve Sonnett, President of the Board of Town Commissioners. “This is an important step in recognizing our history and the town’s contributions to the development of Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland.”
The historic district comprises approximately 100 acres and includes residential property types from the mid-eighteenth century, the nineteenth century, and the twentieth century representing an array of notable property types. These include the eighteenth-century dwellings of Kingston (ca. 1730) and Content (ca. 1787), the Queen Anne-style John H. Traband House (1895), and multiple properties along Rectory Lane dating to the early to mid-twentieth century that represent the Tudor, American Foursquare, Bungalow, Cape Cod, Minimal Traditional, and Ranch styles.
Settled around 1695 and named after the first Duke of Marlborough, the Town of Upper Marlboro is among the oldest of the surviving southern Maryland towns dating back to colonial times. It was established as a port town for tobacco shipments in 1706, when the Western Branch of the Patuxent River was still navigable. It has been the county seat of Prince George’s County since 1721.
The town is the birthplace of John Carroll, the first Catholic Archbishop in America and founder of Georgetown University, and of his brother Daniel, a signer of the U.S. Constitution.
For more information contact: Steve Sonnett at or (301) 627-6905.