Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church

Coordinates: 38°53′35″N 76°51′9″W / 38.89306°N 76.85250°W / 38.89306; -76.85250
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Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church
Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church, December 2008
Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church is located in Maryland
Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church
Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church is located in the United States
Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church
Location8900 Central Ave., Landover, Maryland
Coordinates38°53′35″N 76°51′9″W / 38.89306°N 76.85250°W / 38.89306; -76.85250
Area1.3 acres (0.53 ha)
Built1921 (1921)
Architectural styleLate Gothic Revival
MPSAfrican-American Historic Resources of Prince George's County, Maryland
NRHP reference No.05000149[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 14, 2005

Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church, constructed in 1921, is a one-story frame church on the north side of Central Avenue in Landover, Prince George's County, Maryland. The church was founded in 1871 and a cemetery begun in 1892. It served as the spiritual and social center of the formerly rural African American farming community of Ridgley.[2]

The gable-front church consists of a 1921 block on the south and a small 1940s extension on the north. The church was moved from its original location to its current location in 1990. In 2002, the church suffered a fire that destroyed the original plaster. The cemetery has about 20 mostly hand carved gravestones with flower and vine motif, arranged in orderly rows and grouped by families. The stones date from the 1910s to the 1940s.[2] It is currently home to New Rock Church.

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


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Susan G. Pearl (August 1987). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2015-08-01.

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