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University Park’s Secret Historic Cemetery

University Park has a Revolutionary War-era cemetery, but you’d be forgiven if you didn’t know about it. Hidden on a quiet residential street in the historic district of University Park is a small cemetery for members of the prominent Deakins … Continue reading

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Riverdale Park’s Historic Train Stop

You can credit the family that owned the Riversdale mansion for Riverdale Park’s historic train stop. At the turn of the 19th century, the Calvert family owned a 729-acre plantation north of Bladensburg, where they grew tobacco and other crops. The property … Continue reading

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Alchohol Fuels Once-Dry Hyattsville’s Rebirth

Hyattsville was once a dry town, a place where you couldn’t get anything stronger than a Coca-Cola at a soda shop on Baltimore Avenue. Things have changed, to say the least. The city’s code, updated in 1983, now allows liquor licenses, … Continue reading

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Meet Route 1’s Very Own Dinosaur

Route 1 has its own dinosaur, and there are several local sites where you can learn more. Astrodon johnstoni was a long-necked sauropod from the Early Cretaceous period which lived in Maryland about 112 million years ago. It looks a lot like … Continue reading

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A Historical Photo of the Singer Building

The Singer Building is getting ready for a renovation. Here’s a look at the historic Mount Rainier building in days gone by. The photo was taken on a glass negative and donated by Herbert A. French, owner of the National Photo … Continue reading

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A Famous Bob Dylan Song’s Hyattsville Ties

On Aug. 28, 1963, Bob Dylan was 22 years old and William Devereux Zantzinger was 24. A folk singer from New York, Dylan performed at the civil rights march on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” … Continue reading

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Hyattsville’s Other Historic District

Thanks in part to its annual house tour, which takes place today, the Hyattsville Historic District is well-known. But there’s another historic district in the area that’s not as well-publicized: College Heights Estates. The neighborhood north of University Park called College Heights Estates has been listed on the National Register … Continue reading

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Hyattsville Wire Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

This month, the Hyattsville Wire celebrates its fifth anniversary. In May of 2012, we started this website because we felt communities along Route 1 weren’t being covered well, especially online, where coverage tended to focus on politics and crime. We wanted … Continue reading

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Route 1’s Roots Run Deep

Route 1 can trace its origins in part to the 17th century. The U.S. highway that runs through this area was once part of a system of roads connecting the colonies called the King’s Highway. Named for King Charles II of … Continue reading

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Singer Building Ready to Rent in Mount Rainier

The historic Singer Building in Mount Rainier will be renovated by the end of summer. Built in 1936, the three-story building in the 3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue is being redeveloped by the Brookland-based Menkiti Group, its first project in Prince George’s … Continue reading

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