Now it’s Melford

15 03 2012

I’ve lived in Bowie, MD for approximately 5 years. Just a 2 minute drive from my house is a business development that was called the Maryland Science and Technology Center. The development includes a variety of buildings that all appear only partially filled. The only business I encountered that was based here was Terminex. The appearance of empty buildings all around never peeked my interest enough to go see what was there.

The complex recently changed it’s name to Melford. This name change was surprising since I was under the impression that nothing really happened in this business development anyway. It led me to see if I could find why the name changed. While I didn’t find the answer to that question, I did learn that the property was formerly a plantation named Melford. I guess it was a change to become more historic. I also learned that the plantation house was still intact, which led me to go take a look.

The Melford plantation house is in nice condition from the exterior. A few smaller structures are also on the property. The house sits in a wooded area atop a hill in the middle of the business park. It can’t be seen until you actually drive into the park to find it. There isn’t enough here to make a long journey to see it, but it seems to be a hidden treasure and I’d recommend visiting it if you live locally.

Melford Plantation House

Old Plantation House in Maryland.

Melford Plantation - Slave House Door

The door to the small house (hut) believed to be used by slaves.

Melford Plantation House

Melford house from another angle.