Brandywine, Maryland

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Brandywine, Maryland
Location of Brandywine, Maryland
Location of Brandywine, Maryland
Coordinates: 38°41′55″N 76°50′57″W / 38.69861°N 76.84917°W / 38.69861; -76.84917Coordinates: 38°41′55″N 76°50′57″W / 38.69861°N 76.84917°W / 38.69861; -76.84917
Country United States
State Maryland
County Prince George's
 • Total21.12 sq mi (54.70 km2)
 • Land21.04 sq mi (54.49 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)
220 ft (67 m)
 • Total10,550
 • Density501.43/sq mi (193.60/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)301, 240
FIPS code24-09325
GNIS feature ID0597115

Brandywine is the name of an unincorporated area in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States, that refers both to a census-designated place (CDP) and a zip code area which is much larger (20613), whose areas overlap.[2] The population of Brandywine at the 2020 U.S. Census was 10,550 for the CDP,[3] and the population of ZIP code 20613 was 11,860 in 2010.[4]

Brandywine is in the southernmost area of Prince George’s County, surrounded by a rural setting. It is in the Southern Maryland region. Brandywine is also a suburb of two cities: it lies within the outer suburban Washington D.C. area and is also a close suburb of Waldorf.


The CDP and town are adjacent to the southern border of Prince George's County, lying east and west of busy Maryland Route 5/U.S. Route 301, which merge at Brandywine. Brandywine CDP is bordered by Accokeek to the west, Clinton and Rosaryville to the north, Croom to the northeast, and Cedarville to the southeast, all in Prince George's County. Waldorf in Charles County borders Brandywine to the south. The Brandywine zip code area encompasses parts of both counties and includes Cedarville and Baden.

Designated as part of the Prince George's County rural tier,[5] it is primarily rural with a suburban and commercial center.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2010[7] 2020[8]

2020 census[edit]

Brandywine CDP, Maryland - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010[7] Pop 2020[8] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 1,287 993 19.15% 9.41%
Black or African American alone (NH) 4,812 8,026 71.62% 76.08%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 35 46 0.52% 0.44%
Asian alone (NH) 138 230 2.05% 2.18%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 1 3 0.01% 0.03%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 4 48 0.06% 0.45%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 147 465 2.19% 4.41%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 295 739 4.39% 7.00%
Total 6,719 10,550 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

2000 Census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,410 people, 478 households, and 377 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 320.4 inhabitants per square mile (123.7/km2). There were 501 housing units at an average density of 113.8 per square mile (43.9/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 56.24% White, 38.23% African American, 1.13% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 2.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 478 households, out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.9% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.1% were non-families. 16.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 25.7% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $57,063, and the median income for a family was $64,038. Males had a median income of $41,783 versus $35,242 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,035. About 8.6% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 17.0% of those age 65 or over.


William H. Early named the town of Brandywine as property he owned in the mid-19th century. The CDP consists of the property he owned in the 19th century. It is thought to be named after the Battle of Brandywine of the American Revolutionary War. Brandywine was developed on the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad's Pope Creek (Southern Maryland) line in about 1873 and was the only town on the route that developed into a railroad town.[10]

On September 1, 1877, around 4 p.m., a small 2.7 magnitude earthquake struck Brandywine.[11]

In 1912, the Bank of Brandywine was chartered from what had previously been the Southern Maryland German-American Bank.[12][13]

Although located between the substantial bedroom cities of Clinton and Waldorf, Brandywine remained rural until after the turn of the twenty-first century, when shopping centers--including big-box stores--and small residential developments were built. Despite the building of both a major highway overpass and a roundabout in 2019, the community is still notorious for traffic slowdowns due to both daily commuters and interstate travelers.

Historical sites[edit]

The following is a list of historic sites in Brandywine, which includes Baden and T.B. identified by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, none of which are currently museums:[14][failed verification][15][failed verification]

Site Name Image Location M-NCPPC Inventory Number Comment
1 Black Swamp School BlackSwampSchool.jpg 19011 Croom Road 87A-057 Designated in 2009; Officially 1899 "Colored School No. 2, District 8" in Horsehead
2 Black Walnut Thicket WalnutThicket.jpg 15508 Letcher Road East 86B-010 Located at Baden; 1856 plantation house, extensively altered in 1930s
3 Chapel of the Incarnation Chapel of the Incarnation Dec 08.JPG 14070 Brandywine Road 85A-032-27 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 2000-12-13
4 Charles S. Early House CSEarlyHouse.jpg 14280 Brandywine Road 85B-010 1870, 2-story, gable roof farmhouse
5 William W. Early House Early House Dec 08.JPG 13907 Cherry Tree Crossing Road 85A-032-09 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as of 1988-06-30; privately owned
6 Gibbons Methodist Episcopal Church Site and Educational Building 14107 Gibbons Church Road 86B-1
7 Gwynn Park Manor 7911 Dyson Road 85A-013 Located at T.B.
8 Kalmia (Kalaird) 15110 Nelson Perrie Road 86B-009 Located at Baden
9 Marlow-Huntt Store and Casket Shop 13700 and 13702 Old Brandywine Road 85A-033-14 Located at T.B.
10 Old Bank of Brandywine 14110 Brandywine Road 85A-032-30
11 Poplar Hill School 19104 Croom Road 87A-12 Located at Baden
12 Rosemount (Skinner-Martin House) 13201 Martin Road 86B-002
13 St. Paul's Parish Church St. Paul's Parish Church Brandywine MD Nov 11.JPG SE of Brandywine off MD 381 86B-014 Located at Baden. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1977-09-15
14 St. Thomas Methodist Episcopal Church 18810 Aquasco Road 87A-10 Located at Baden
15 T.B. School 14000 Crain Highway 85A-26
15 United-Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church 6810 Floral Park Road 85A-018
17 William H. Townshend House 12804 Windbrook Drive 81B-007
18 Sasscer Tobacco Barn 13400 Molly Berry Road 86B-038

Enterprises and recreation[edit]

The Brandywine community includes Gwynn Park High School, several well-known automobile salvage lots, and a construction equipment vehicle sales lot. A large commercial center was created with the development of Brandywine Crossing shopping center's opening in October 2008[16] and growing to 800,000 SF with 49 commercial spaces as of 2016.[17]


Prince George's County Police Department District 5 Station in Clinton CDP and District 7 Station in Fort Washington CDP serve the community.[18][19]

The U.S. Postal Service operates the Brandywine Post Office.[20]


Brandywine residents are assigned to schools in Prince George's County Public Schools.[21]

Residential areas of the CDP area are zoned to Brandywine Elementary School,[22] Gwynn Park Middle School,[23] and Gwynn Park High School.[24]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  2. ^ "Brandywine, Maryland 20613".
  3. ^ "Brandywine CDP, Maryland". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 13, 2022.
  4. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): District 11, Brandywine: Prince George's County, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  5. ^ "Submittal to the Maryland Department of Planning Regarding Conformance with SB 236" (PDF). Prince George's County, Maryland. January 22, 2013. p. 7. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  6. ^ "Decennial Census of Population and Housing by Decades". US Census Bureau.
  7. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Brandywine CDP, Maryland". United States Census Bureau.
  8. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Brandywine CDP, Maryland". United States Census Bureau.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ "Prince George's County Tricentennial". Prince George's County Historical Society.
  11. ^ "Maryland Geological Survey: Earthquakes in Maryland". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Archived from the original on 2013-10-26. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  12. ^ Maryland Bank Commissioner (1913). Annual Report of the Bank Commissioner of the State of Maryland, Volumes 3-9. Baltimore: Sun Book and Job Printing Office Incorporated. p. 5.
  13. ^ "The Bank of Brandywine". Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  14. ^ M-NCPPC Illustrated Inventory of Historic Sites (Prince George's County, Maryland), 2006 Archived 2008-07-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ M-NCPPC African-American Heritage Survey, October 1996: Other Historic Properties (Prince George's County, Maryland), 1996[permanent dead link].
  16. ^ V. Dion Haynes, "Brandywine Crossing Thrives in Prince George's County", Washington Post, September 28, 2009.
  17. ^ Brandywine MD: Brandywine Crossing - Retail Space For Lease - KLNB Retail
  18. ^ "District 5 Station - Clinton." Prince George's County Police Department. Retrieved on September 9, 2018. " 6707 Groveton Drive Clinton, MD 20735". Beat map. See 2010 U.S. Census index map of Clinton CDP: area with police station is on the edge of page 6 with surroundings on page 5.
  19. ^ "District 7- Fort Washington [sic]." Prince George's County Police Department. Retrieved on September 9, 2018. "11108 Fort Washington Road Fort Washington, MD 20744". Beat map. 2010 U.S. Census Bureau map of Fort Washington CDP.
  20. ^ "BRANDYWINE." U.S. Postal Service. Retrieved on September 11, 2018. "14109 BRANDYWINE RD BRANDYWINE, MD 20613-9998"
  21. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Brandywine CDP, MD." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 2, 2018. Pages: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. The area was previously smaller: "CENSUS 2000 BLOCK MAP: BRANDYWINE CDP." The 1990 U.S. Census Bureau map of Prince George's County (index map) shows Brandywine CDP on pages 35 and 41.
  22. ^ "NEIGHBORHOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND BOUNDARIES SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019." Prince George's County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 2, 2018.
  23. ^ "NEIGHBORHOOD MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND BOUNDARIES SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019." Prince George's County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 2, 2018.
  24. ^ "NEIGHBORHOOD HIGH SCHOOLS AND BOUNDARIES SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019." Prince George's County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 2, 2018.
  25. ^ Donnie Neuenberger Career Statistics

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