Marlborough Towne Chapter

Upper Marlboro, Maryland



Marlborough Towne Chapter, NSDAR, was organized on October 15, 1966, by Mrs. Robert Bowie Ghiselin Sasscer, in the town of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Our chapter welcomes new members and guests. Women interested in joining our chapter should email Membership - please use DAR Membership as a subject line and include your name, address, and telephone number. Refer to Eligibility for membership details. 

Marlborough Towne History

Two and one-half centuries ago, on the twenty-eighth day of March, 1721, the Justices of Prince George’s County, according to the directions of the act of assembly, ”…adjourned Themselves from Charles Town to MARLBOROUGH Towne…there to meet at three o’clock in the afternoon…” at the new courthouse. Charles Town, now gone, had served as the county seat since April 23, 1696, when Prince George’s County was organized. During the ensuing years, Marlborough Towne, now listed by the Post Office as Upper Marlboro, was destined to witness events as the seat of county government.

In 1814, Francis Scott Key, while attempting to obtain the release of Dr. William Beanes, a prominent resident of Upper Marlborough, was detained in Baltimore Harbor during the bombardment of Fort McHenry. On this occasion, Key wrote the words to our National Anthem. Dr. Beanes served on the committee of Prince Georgians to carry into effect the resolutions adopted by the First Continental Congress. He was a surgeon in the general hospital at Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War. His tomb is near the site of his home in Upper Marlboro.  The tomb was marked by Marlborough Towne Chapter, NSDAR, in 1971.


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