Toaping Castle

Toaping Castle (HM1TG)

Location: Greenbelt, MD 20770 Prince George's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 59.802', W 76° 53.697'

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(Circa 1750)

On this site Isaac, Charles and Nathan Walker erected a large white oak log house, named for their ancestral stronghold in Scotland which the three brothers had fled after the failure of attempts to unseat George I, King of England as ruler of Scotland. Isaac permanently settled here and obtained land grants for 188 acres. He and his three sons served in the Revolutionary War. The graves of Isaac and his son Nathan are north of here.

Toaping Castle was the birthplace of Samuel Hamilton Walker (Feb 24, 1817-October 9, 1847), Lt. Colonel of the Texas Rangers and captain of the U.S. Cavalry. He left home at age 19 to fight Indians, and later he became a leader and hero of the Rangers. His suggested changes to Samuel Colt's revolver resulted in Colt's success as an arms manufacturer. 1000 Colt-Walker pistols—the first, heaviest and longest revolvers ever issued to American forces—were purchased for the Texas Rangers during the Mexican War. Walker was killed in that war at the battle of Hua Mantla, Mexico.

The family cemetery is all that remains of the Toaping Castle estate.
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HM NumberHM1TG
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Year Placed1976
Placed ByPrince George's County Historical Society, City of Greenbelt Bicentennial Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 12:36am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 335899 N 4318118
Decimal Degrees38.99670000, -76.89495000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.802', W 76° 53.697'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 48.12" N, 76° 53' 41.82" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240, 410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6400-6458 Capitol Dr, Greenbelt MD 20770, US
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