Lower Marlboro Freedom Day

Saturday, October 8, 2022

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

As the War of 1812 raged into the summer of 1814, British troops sailed up the Patuxent River in a bid to take Washington, D.C. On their way, they stopped at the port of Lower Marlboro in what is now Owings to commandeer supplies and offered freedom to local enslaved men and women in exchange for their service to the British war effort. Fourteen people won their freedom that day, on what we now commemorate as Lower Marlboro Freedom Day.

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Festivities include walking tours, speakers, entertainment, food and exhibits at the historic Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church and Lower Marlboro Hall in Owings. Download the Walking Tour Brochure

Maryland Department of Natural Resources will host a free fishing at the pier; under 16 years old do not require a fishing license; those older than 16 should apply for their license before the event. A valid Maryland fishing or crabbing license is required. Visit the Maryland DNR web site for fishing license information (external site)


Marie Rundquist, President, DNA-Genealogy-History, LLC , will discuss "The Little-known History of Acadian Exiles in Lower Marlboro" while Alan Reed and Pamelia Moore will open and close the day with spirituals.

This is a wonderful opportunity for all ages to enjoy the fall weather while celebrating our local history and heritage.

Where:   Lower Marlboro Hall (3911 Lower Marlboro Road, Owings)  and Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church (6519 Lower Marlboro Lane, Owings) Free Parking.

Contact: Karyn Molines at Karyn.Molines@calvertcountymd.gov 

Displays & Exhibits

War of 1812
Calvert Historical Society
Archeology of the Area
Lower Marlboro History 
Natural Resources Division
Planning & Zoning Department
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tom Dugan, woodworker

Food Vendors

Melvin's Chicken, Fish and Ribs