Marietta House Museum
What You'll Discover at Marietta House Museum
Marietta House Museum houses the histories of multiple generations of families, free and enslaved, who lived and labored on the roughly 600 acres that made up Marietta Manor. The historic site holds the stories of how life was lived in agricultural Maryland from the Federal Era, Antebellum years, Civil War period, Jim Crow and Reconstruction through to the rise of the modern Civil Rights era in the early 20th century. Read our Mission Statement here.
Multiple generations of the free slaveholding Duvall families and multiple generations of enslaved families including the Butler family lived at Marietta. Indentured servants and wage laborers also left their mark and their histories at Marietta for us to learn from, to commemorate, and to interpret for social justice conversations and advocacy. Their stories of achievements and afflictions compel visitors to ask what were the challenges and systemic constraints that shaped the lives lived? Learn More Here
Marietta House Museum was the tobacco plantation and family home of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Gabriel Duvall in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The two-and-half-story Federal-style brick mansion, completed in 1813, stood in front of a row of outbuildings where multiple generations of enslaved individuals lived, including Thomas and Sarah Butler and their family. As early as the late seventh century, the lands comprising this site witnessed the enslavement of Africans and African Americans. Learn More Here
Giving Voice Initiative: Watch the Panel Discussion "The Black Madisons - Uncovering a History of a President's Black Family
Watch the inaugural event for Marietta House Museum’s Giving Voice Initiative, The Black Madisons- Uncovering the History of a President’s Black Family.