In the spring of 2010, the Battle of Bladensburg Commemoration Task Force was formed to plan the Commemoration of the Battle of Bladensburg; producing a permanent visitor experience and thinking creatively to ensure visitors enjoy and learn about the Battle while visiting other War of 1812 sites in Maryland. The Task Force initially came together in March of 2010. A charette was conducted on June 23rd that generated ideas, from which the Task Force built this plan. The Task Force met weekly work through the details, met with experts in the field, and made the connections to stakeholders.
Odette T. Ramos of Strategic Management Consulting LLC., a consultant to the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area Inc. and the Port Towns CDC was asked to lead the development a plan for the Commemoration. Through the work of a variety of partners – The Aman Trust, Anacostia Watershed Society, Town of Bladensburg, Town of Colmar Manor, Town of Cottage City, Friends of the Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, Prince George’s County (Councilwoman Harrison), Prince George’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Prince George’s Heritage Inc. - this concept was formulated into a formal plan.
In addition, The Governor of Maryland appointed a Maryland War of 1812 Commission to coordinate efforts statewide. They have declared that the War of 1812 Commemoration period in Maryland is from July 2012 through February of 2015. Furthermore, the National Park Service has been developing the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, which Bladensburg will be a key component. Finally, Prince George’s County has established a Bicentennial Commission for the county, which the task force participates within.
This plan is the jumping off point from which ATHA, Inc. and this Task Force will implement this important commemoration plan. The Commemoration plan build on the current historic assets in the area, and adds to them in a creative way to significantly enhance the visitor experience in the area, and ensure there is something there for visitors to come, see, and enjoy.
Current Plans for the Commemoration include the following:
- Bladensburg Waterfront Park Visitors Center – MNCPPC
- Large Scale Markers (4) – MNCPPC
- Walking Tours – ATHA Inc.
- Battle of Bladensburg Monument – Amen Trust and Friends of the Battle of Bladensburg
- Interpretive and Directional Signage – National Park Service/State Highways Administration/ATHA Inc.
- Open House Sites
- Bostwick – Town of Bladensburg/University of Maryland
- Magruder House – Prince George’s Heritage Inc.
- George Washington House – Anacostia Watershed Society
- 40th Avenue Green Space – Port Towns Shopping Center/ATHA Inc.
- Marketing & Social Media – ATHA Inc.
- Events – ATHA Inc./Communities and the partners
The Task Force will make our Vision happen through advocacy, partnerships, and leveraging resources. The Task Force committee includes representatives from:
- The Aman Trust
- Anacostia Trails Heritage Area Inc.
- Anacostia Watershed Society
- Town of Bladensburg
- Town of Colmar Manor
- Town of Cottage City
- Friends of the Battle of Bladensburg
- Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission
- Prince George’s County (Councilwoman Harrison)
- Prince George’s Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Prince George’s Heritage Inc.
- Port Towns CDC
In cooperation with: