County History

Prince George's County was named for Prince George of Denmark, the husband of England's Queen Anne, and is steeped in notable history. History buffs can learn more about the county's intriguing past by visiting historic sites and museums that have been restored and preserved for public use by M-NCPPC. In addition, programs have been developed to bring Prince George's County's history to life. Special events allow visitors to get a taste of the lives of past residents with hands-on history activities, geocaching, lectures, workshops, guided tours, living history encampments, African American heritage site tours, teas, scavenger hunts, period dinners and archaeological explorations.

M-NCPPC is a leader in historic preservation and manages a number of historic sites, museums and programs that celebrate Prince George's County's rich history. Overseen by the Natural and Historic Resources Division, there are 22 M-NCPPC historic sites that are open to the public and many others that can be visited on your own. Several sites are available for public rental.
Portrait of Prince George
For historical information and programs about individual historic sites and museums, contact the specific site listed under Sites and Museums. The Division also manages a county history library at Marietta House Museum in Glenn Dale, which is open to the public by appointment. The library staff can be reached at 301-464-5291.