In 1988, the Maryland Historical Trust considered the old Warington Tobacco Barn as: “probably the best surviving example in Prince George’s County of a 19th century tobacco barn.” Under state protection as an historical landmark until it was destroyed during a storm in 2008, the barn has a notable history.
The barn was built between 1840-1850 by Marshall Waring as a component of his vast and rich tobacco plantation, and was one of many such tobacco barns that populated Prince George’s county well into the 20th century. It was showcased on the grounds of the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville until it was destroyed.
The photographs below were commissioned by the Historic American Buildings Survey, a federal organization of photographers, historians, and architects that identifies and memorializes significant works of America’s architectural heritage. In 1983, photographer Jack E Boucher and historian Catherine C Lavoie teamed up to create a permanent record of the Warington Tobacco Barn. These are very large format photographs, which can be enlarged to an area of 5000 x 3600.