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Cycling through History: The Calverts and the Anacostia River

Saturday, May 25, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


On Saturday, May 25 at 10:00 a.m., Riversdale House Museum will lead a casual guided bike tour through the historic Calvert property and along the Anacostia River. The ride will begin at Riversdale with a quick look inside the mansion, and then continue on to the old ice house, Lake Artemisia, the Plummer family mural in Edmonston, and Bladensburg Waterfront Park. At each site, we will pause for a brief talk on the history of the landmark or vista, focusing on how the Calverts and their slaves used the river as a means for transportation, shipping, food, and recreation. The ride will last approximately two hours and is mostly flat.

When the Calverts lived at Riversdale, their property reached an expanse of 729 acres, covering the modern communities of Riverdale Park, College Park, University Park, Hyattsville, and other towns. The family had settled near the thriving port city of Bladensburg and took advantage of its shipping opportunities. As a gentleman farmer, George Calvert’s family influence was inherently tied to the land and to the river.

This program is part of Cycling through History, a series in collaboration with Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Inc. and with the College Park Aviation Museum.

Fee: $6; advanced payment required by May 21.

For more information, call 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544; email Riversdale@pgparks.com; or visit our website at history.pgparks.com. Follow us on Twitter @Riversdale1801 and Instagram @RiversdaleHouseMuseum, and find us on Facebook at @RiversdaleMuseum.

Riversdale House Museum, a National Historic Landmark, is located at 4811 Riverdale Road, in Riverdale Park, Maryland.

Cost: Fee: $6; advanced payment required by May 21.

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Riverdale, MD 20737

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