Abraham Hall

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Abraham Hall
Abraham Hall Dec 08.JPG
Abraham Hall, December 2008
Abraham Hall is located in Maryland
Abraham Hall
Location 7612 Old Muirkirk Rd., Beltsville, Maryland
Coordinates 39°3′40″N 76°52′24″W / 39.06111°N 76.87333°W / 39.06111; -76.87333Coordinates: 39°3′40″N 76°52′24″W / 39.06111°N 76.87333°W / 39.06111; -76.87333
Area 3.9 acres (1.6 ha)
Built 1889
Architect Jackson, John W.
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
MPS African-American Historic Resources of Prince George's County, Maryland
NRHP Reference # 05000146[1]
Added to NRHP March 14, 2005

Abraham Hall, constructed in 1889, is located on the northeast side of Old Muirkirk Road in the center of the historic African American community of Rossville, a section of Beltsville in Prince George's County, Maryland.

It was constructed by the Benevolent Sons and Daughters of Abraham, an African American society that was established for the social welfare of its members. Originally known as Rebecca Lodge #6 of the Benevolent Sons and Daughters of Abraham, the building was constructed by John W. Jackson in 1889 in the burgeoning community of Rossville. Abraham Hall, an excellent example of a multi-purpose building associated with African Americans, served as a meeting hall, a house of worship, a school, and a social hall for African Americans living in a segregated society.[2] The lodge hall functioned as the community black school, until a Rosenwald School was built in 1922.[3][4]

The structure is set back from the road on a 3.85-acre (1.56 ha) grassy lot with mature trees. It is a three-bay, two-story gable front frame lodge building with a brick foundation, wood lap siding with cornerboards, and a shake roof with a boxed cornice. A brick chimney rises from the northwest slope of the roof. Both the interior and exterior of the building were carefully restored between 1986 and 1991 using original materials or in-kind replacements.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Abraham Hall". Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  3. ^ Susan Pearl (September 1986). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Abraham Hall". Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  4. ^ M-NCPPC African-American Heritage Survey, October 1996: Properties Within or Closely Associated With Historic Communities (Prince George's County, Maryland), 1996.

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