Charlton Avenue

Charlton Avenue (HMZ4K)

Location: Berwyn Heights, MD 20740 Prince George's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 59.227', W 76° 54.661'

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Benjamin Charlton (c. 1820-1894) was a prominent member of the Washington, D.C. business and social community. He was director at the Central National Bank and served on the Committee for the Inauguration of President Grover Cleveland. Charlton married Sarah, the daughter of Thomas Havenner, owner of the once famous Havenner's Bakery in Washington, D.C., which Charlton inherited after his father-in-law's death.

In 1888, Charlton joined five other businessmen to develop land along the B & O Railroad consisting of approximately 400 acres; 50 by 100 foot lots adjoining 50 foot streets laid out in an irregular pattern. They named this development Charlton Heights, after Benjamin Charlton. In the same year, the Charlton Heights Improvement Company (CHIC) was established. CHIC was created to attract white-collar workers from the city to this area. About two dozen, large Queen Anne and other Victorian-era style homes were built here.

After the demise of CHIC, Charlton Heights was renamed Berwyn Heights on April, 1896. The name Charlton Heights lives on in current land records.

HM NumberHMZ4K
Year Placed2009
Placed ByBerwyn Heights Historical Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 5:30am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 334485 N 4317083
Decimal Degrees38.98711667, -76.91101667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.227', W 76° 54.661'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 13.62" N, 76° 54' 39.66" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240, 703, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7617 Charlton Ave, Berwyn Heights MD 20740, US
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