Snowden Hall (Laurel, Maryland)

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Snowden Hall
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General information
Type House
Architectural style Georgian
Location Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, Maryland
Coordinates 39°3′13″N 76°49′6″W / 39.05361°N 76.81833°W / 39.05361; -76.81833Coordinates: 39°3′13″N 76°49′6″W / 39.05361°N 76.81833°W / 39.05361; -76.81833
Construction started ca. 1820
Governing body Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Snowden Hall is a historic house located on the grounds of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, outside Laurel in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. It stands on open rolling ground approximately ¾-mile west of the Patuxent River.[1]


Snowden Hall is a two-story Georgian brick house and was the home of three generations of the Snowden family.[2] The 260-acre (110 ha) parcel of land on which it stands was the nucleus of the Snowden family plantation.[1]

Grounds of Snowden Hall, in winter

The original Snowden Hall was constructed by Richard Snowden in the 18th century. The site is a portion of a 10,000-acre (4,000 ha) land grant from King Charles II. Sometime between 1812 and 1816 the Hall burned and was rebuilt as "Rose Cottage."[1] Rose Cottage was subsequently raised to a full two stories in the 1850s.

It was purchased and renovated for government use in 1936, first as apartments and later as an office building. The low flanking wings were built at that time using bricks from the recently purchased pre-civil war Duvall plantation house "Gladswood" on the southern section of the research center lands.[2][3]

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  1. ^ a b c "History of Snowden Hall". Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Snowden Hall" (PDF). Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  3. ^ "PG 64-2 Duvall Bridge" (PDF). Maryland State Archives. July 1987. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 

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