Meet Adam Francis Plummer from Edmonston

Adam Francis PlummerAdam Francis Plummer, who was born into slavery in 1819, grew up on the Calvert family’s Riversdale plantation. He was educated by an itinerant minister and kept a diary from 1841 until his death in 1905. Now in the care of the Smithsonian, it is considered the only living diary of a slave in US History. In 1870, Plummer had saved enough money to buy 10 acres of land in what is now the town of Edmonston, making the Plummer family its first permanent residents. Long thought lost, it was first revealed to the public in a Smithsonian ceremony in 2003 and is a riveting first person account of a man who lived 44 years in slavery, and another 42 years free.

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Home Video of Kiddieland in Takoma Park

Kiddieland Park 1964 (says Montgomery County but actual Prince George’s)

Here are a few of the comments from the YouTube site. Add your memories to the comments.


Thanks so much for posting this video! I’ve been looking for a photo of the hand-powered railroad for YEARS, and to actually see it on video brought back some of my fondest childhood memories. You made my day. Thanks again.

Kathy Lemmon

I so loved this place! I still dream about the pedal cars shown at the end of the video.

Jan Crisostomo

I remember riding in the cars for sure…this is a great wee piece of history and lots of good memories!

Sharon Johnson

thanks so much for posting i loved that place

Lawrence Flack

I remember this place as a kid


Thank you so much for posting this video! I LOVED this place as a kid. We always went on Wednesday nights with our RC Cola bottlecaps. The helicopters were great.. you could make them go up and down with the bar. The roller coaster was my favorite, it had that one “big” dip! I even remember the sidewalk..


That’s right! The Takoma Park city limits actually covered Both Montgomery County & Prince Georges County, Including part of Langley Park!

Kiki Oliver

Sorry, Takoma Park ends at Langley Park. The corner shopping where the old KC Liquors was is City of Tk Pk. The intersection of New Hampshire Ave and University is like a dividing of Tk Pk , Silver Spring and Adelphi.


Kiddieland was actually in Prince George’s County MD.


I loved that helicopter ride when I was a kid. My brother and his friend used to run the roller coaster. The train went through a tunnel. When we were old enough to pull it off, we’d jump out in the tunnel and back in the next time the train came past. One time at a classmate’s B-day party, someone threw my shoes in the water in the boat ride. I was in the bounce house at the time. (Doin’ some bouncin’)


Kiddieland Park – across New Hampshire Ave from the Allen Theatre – down by Center Hardware!! OMG!!

Shelley Hargrove

ahhh good ol’fashion amusement park fun. reminds me of when my parents used to take me to the carnival when i was a kid 🙂

tom toms

I went there as a kid too, used to drive by it every evening after moving from DC to Columbia……


I remember walking from Queenstown up to this place with my dad!!

Joel Laskin

Good times many years ago !


Thanks for posting. My Dad Opened, Owned and Operated this Kiddieland Park between 1960 and 1969. I have a lot of fond memories growing up at Kiddieland. HF


Nope, that’s me and my older brother…filmed by my father in 1964.

Norma Eisen

Kiddie land was the first and last place that I rode on a roller coaster!


OMGosh Lynda, I remember it too and the helicopters and roller coaster were the best !! This looks like an archived film… how the heck old are we LOL Love this – thank you for posting!!!

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Home Movie About Bus Travel in Hyattsville

WMATA Vintage GM Fishbowl Buses, Prince George’s Plaza, Hyattsville

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A Family Home Movie from Cheverly

Shaughnessy Home Movies (Cheverly, MD)

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A Home Movie from Magruder Park

4th of July Magruder Park, Hyattsville, MD 1960s

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Meet John Carroll from Upper Marlboro

John Carroll's statue on the Georgetown campus

John Carroll’s statue on the Georgetown campus

John Carroll is remembered today as the first Archbishop of America and the founder of Georgetown University. Born on January 8, 1735 on a 27,000 acre plantation in Upper Marlboro, Carroll and his family were active in the early organization of American States. George Washington considered Carroll a good friend, and would often visit him in Prince George’s. His memory leads us back to a time when Upper Marlboro was an active, thriving port city, one of the true colonial capitols of America.  He lived a full 80 years, a witness to the fight for and realization of the American idea.

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Meet Michael Steele from Landover

michael-steele-jpgMichael Steele, the ubiquitous political television pundit, former Republican Party chairman, and  ex Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, was born at Andrews Airforce Base in the County.  While he grew up mostly in neighboring DC, he returned to the County as an adult in 1986 and began the grassroots activities that drove his political career.  He now makes his home in Landover.

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Meet Kathie Lee Gifford (nee Epstein) from Bowie

kathie-lee-gifford-bowie-high-school-bowie-maryland__iphone_640Kathie Lee Gifford may have been born in Paris, but she arrived in Bowie at 4 years old and by 14 she was entertaining the county as a folk singer and cheerleader.  Known then as Kathie Lee Epstein, she won Maryland’s Junior Miss Pageant in 1970, an event that moved her out of Bowie and on her way to superstardom.  But she continues to come back and share her memories and success with Bowie’s youth.

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Meet Jim Henson of University Park

Jim HensonJim Henson (the Muppets!!) came to University Park as a 5th grader, and he started his puppetry career right away.  At  Northwestern High School, he creating puppets for a TV show called The Junior Morning Show.  As a commuting student at UMD, he developed the TV show Sam and Friends.  Clearly, Henson’s genius flowered in the County, and he was inducted in to the Prince George’s Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Meet Mother Jones of Adelphi

Mother_Jones_02Mary Harris Jones, known as the labor activist  Mother Jones, moved to a friend’s farm in Adelphi in her later years, at the intersection of Riggs and Powder Mill.   Considered “the most dangerous woman in America” for her ability to lead workers on strike when she “crooks her finger,”  her legacy lives on at the Mother Jones Elementary  School, located on the exact spot where she lived and died.

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