Exploring Places LVI: Laurel, the US

Postcard 34 is travelling to Laurel!

Laurel Main Street Sign. Downslawfirm.com

Laurel is a city in northern Prince George's County, Maryland, in the United States, located midway between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore on the Patuxent River.

Location of Maryland in the USA. Wikipedia

Location of Laurel in Maryland. Wikipedia


being home to Rap artist Biz Markie from 1996 onwards.

Just a Friend single. Wikimedia Commons

…being the birthplace of Andrew Maynard, an American boxer who won the Light Heavyweight Gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

Boxer Andrew Maynard. Wikimedia Commons


Snow Hill
Snow Hill in 1936. Wikimedia Commons
Snow Hill is a manor house located south of Laurel, Maryland, off Maryland Route 197, in Prince George's County. Built between 1799 and 1801, the 1 1/2-story brick house is rectangular, with a gambrel roof, interior end chimneys, and shed dormers. It has a center entrance with transom and a small gabled porch. A central hall plan was used, with an elaborate interior and corner cupboards. The original south wing was removed and rebuilt, and the home restored in 1940.

Snow Hill. View from the West. Wikimedia Commons
 The Late Georgian style house was the home of Samuel Snowden, part owner of extensive family ironworks, inherited from his father Richard Snowden and is now owned and operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission as a rental facility. Snow Hill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Montpellier Mansion

Located south of Laurel in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States, Montpelier Mansion is a five-part, Georgian style plantation house most likely constructed between 1781 and 1785. It has also been known as the Snowden-Long House, New Birmingham, or simply Montpellier.

Montpellier Summer House. Wikimedia Commons
Built by Major Thomas Snowden and his wife Anne, the house is now a National Historic Landmark operated as a house museum. The home and 70 acres (28 ha) remain of what was once a slave plantation of about 9,000 acres (3,600 ha). It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.

Montpellier Gardens. Wikimedia Commons

Duvall Bridge

Duvall Bridge. Blog.Botany Bill.com
Duvall Bridge is an historic single-lane bridge over the Patuxent River near Laurel, Maryland.
Although a common bridge type, Duvall Bridge is one of only two surviving truss bridges in Prince George's County, along with Governor's Bridge. The Duvall bridge has a cross braced deck for wooden planking. The bridge has a plaque noting the Anne Arundel county commissioners of 1907.

Abraham Hall

Abraham Hall Exterior. PGparks.com
Built in 1889, Abraham Hall is the best example of an African American benevolent society lodge in Prince George's County. Located in the community of Rossville, it is the first African American historic site in the county to be fully restored using public funds.

Maryland has been called "America in Miniature" because so much is packed into its 10,460 square miles of land and water. You can find just about any kind of natural feature here, except a desert. That's because water is almost everywhere in Maryland. The "America in Miniature" title also applies to the role Maryland has played in our nation's history, from the founding of the United States to the present.


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