As the War of 1812 raged into the summer of 1814, British troops sailed up the Patuxent River in a bid to take Washington, D.C. On their way, they stopped at the port of Lower Marlboro in what is now Owings to commandeer supplies and offered freedom to local enslaved men and women in exchange for their service to the British war effort. Fourteen people won their freedom that day, on what we now commemorate as Lower Marlboro Freedom Day.
Festivities include walking tours, speakers, entertainment, food and exhibits at the historic Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church and Lower Marlboro Hall in Owings. Download the Walking Tour Brochure
Maryland Department of Natural Resources will host a free fishing at the pier; under 16 years old do not require a fishing license; those older than 16 should apply for their license before the event. A valid Maryland fishing or crabbing license is required. Visit the Maryland DNR web site for fishing license information (external site)
This is a wonderful opportunity for all ages to enjoy the fall weather while celebrating our local history and heritage.
Where: Lower Marlboro Hall (3911 Lower Marlboro Road, Owings) and Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church (6519 Lower Marlboro Lane, Owings) Free Parking.
War of 1812 Calvert Historical Society Archeology of the Area Lower Marlboro History Natural Resources Division Planning & Zoning Department Maryland Department of Natural Resources Tom Dugan, woodworker