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Colmar Manor, Maryland
—  Town  —

Location of Colmar Manor, Maryland
Coordinates: 38°56′2″N 76°56′49″W / 38.93389°N 76.94694°W / 38.93389; -76.94694
Country United States
State Maryland
County Prince George's
 - Total 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 - Land 0.4 sq mi (1.2 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 30 ft (9 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,257
 - Density 2,804.9/sq mi (1,083.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 20722
Area code(s) 301
FIPS code 24-18850
GNIS feature ID 0597270

Colmar Manor is a town located in Prince George's County, Maryland.[1] As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,257. As the town developed at the beginning of the 20th century, it assumed a name derived from its proximity to the District of Columbia—the first syllable of Columbia and that of Maryland were combined to form “Colmar.”[2] Colmar Manor was incorporated in 1927.[3]



The town is home to Dueling Creek, a small waterway that because of its secluded location was a popular site for dueling. Duels were banned in neighboring Washington, DC, but legal in Maryland and Dueling Creek was the site for more than 50 duels between 1808 and 1868. The most famous duel fought on the site was on March 22, 1820 between Stephen Decatur and James Barron. Decatur was mortally wounded in the exchange.

During the War of 1812, on August 24, 1814, the area was the scene of the Battle of Bladensburg. The place became a battlefield again in the early days of the Civil War when Confederate troops mounted an assault on Battery Jameson, which was located on the hillside that now is part of Fort Lincoln Cemetery.[2][4]

In 1912, the Capitol Cemetery of Prince George's County was incorporated on the Washington, D.C. boundary line. Directly north of the cemetery was the Shreve estate. The Shreve house was destroyed in the 1890s.[3] The 260 acre farm site was used by the 6,000 jobless men from Ohio who descended on the Capitol in 1894 as "Coxey's Army." [5] The Bladensburg Road transversed the area, becoming more heavily travel in the 1920s, and eventually became designated as US Route 1. Part of the former Shreve estate was subdivided into building lots in 1918. The lots were 50 feet wide by 100 feet deep, arranged along a grid pattern of streets.[3] The streets were originally named after President Woodrow Wilson (1913-21), members of his cabinet, and other prominent men of the era. Some time later, the streets were renamed to conform to the system in use in the District of Columbia.[2] The location of the development within the first service area of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission offered homeowners modern water and sewer lines. The houses constructed were modest one- and two-story wood-frame buildings. In 1931, the town’s streets were paved and gutters installed. A concrete block municipal building was constructed in 1934, followed by the construction of a brick schoolhouse in 1935. In 1959, a new municipal building was constructed to house the town’s administrative offices and police department.[3]

During the second half of the 20th century the area along Bladensburg Road became lined with commercial establishments and much of the housing stock was used as rental units. A large urban renewal project in the 1970s and 1980s resulted in the demolition of many commercial properties along Bladenburg Road. The old businesses were replaced with new structures such as fast food restaurants and a shopping center. Streets and houses were also improved. The Colmar Manor Community Park was established along the west bank of the Anacostia River in the 1970s on the site of a sanitary landfill. [3][6][7]

In 1999, Colmar Manor, Bladensburg, and Cottage City were lauded by the Joint Center for Sustainable Communities for their collaboration with Prince George's County for the Port Towns Revitalization Initiative, which created a common Port Towns identity for the towns; encouraged businesses development through infrastructure and façade improvements; acquisition of historic properties and plans for their reuse; and reconstruction of the Bladensburg waterfront and marina.


Colmar Manor is located at 38°56'2" North, 76°56'49" West (38.933811, -76.947077)[8].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), of which, 0.4 square miles (1.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it is water. The total area is 10.00% water.


As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,257 people, 384 households, and 273 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,804.9 people per square mile (1,078.5/km²). There were 411 housing units at an average density of 917.1/sq mi (352.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 24.90% White, 48.77% African American, 0.08% Native American, 10.34% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 12.41% from other races, and 3.50% from two or more races. 17.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 384 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 18.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.27 and the average family size was 3.92.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $43,906, and the median income for a family was $46,354. Males had a median income of $34,750 versus $29,844 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,528. 5.9% of the population and 4.9% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 6.9% of those under the age of 18 and 4.9% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Bordering areas


Colmar Manor is zoned to Prince George's County Public Schools


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Colmar Manor, Maryland
  2. ^ a b c "Colmar Manor, Maryland History". Colmar Manor, Maryland. Maryland Municipal League. 2008-05-10.  
  3. ^ a b c d e "Community Summary Sheet, Prince George's County". Colmar Manor, Maryland. Maryland State Highway Administration, 1999. 2008-05-10.  
  4. ^ Maryland Historical Trust, Inventory Form for State Historic Sites Inventory - Battery Jameson (PG-68-15a)
  5. ^ "R.A. Shreve, Of Old Md. Family, Dies," The Washington Post May 8, 1951, pg. B2.
  6. ^ The Neighborhoods of Prince George's County. Upper Marlboro: Community Renewal Program, 1974.
  7. ^ Denny, George D., Jr. "Proud Past, Promising Future: Cities and Towns in Prince George's County, Maryland." Brentwood, Maryland: Tuxedo Press, 1997.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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