Woodmore, Maryland

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Woodmore is an unincorporated area and Census-designated place composed of a gated community and country club (see Country Club at Woodmore) in Mitchellville, Maryland, one of the most affluent predominantly African-American communities in the United States.[1] The population was 6,077 at the 2000 census.

Centered around the country club, the community is planned to consist of 398 single-family homes on 799 acres (3.2 km2).[2]

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History

The first colonial owner of the Woodmore site was Thomas Spriggs who acquired 500 acres (2 km²) in 1698 of what was then known as the forest of Prince George's County in the Crown Colony of Maryland.

The first house in the area was a two-story brick house named Pleasant Prospect, built around the end of the 18th century by Dr. Isaac Ducket, the husband of Sprigg's granddaughter. He also doubled the size of the estate.

Pleasant Prospect was inherited by Ducket's son-in-law, John Contees, who became indebted and sold the estate to the Bowies, then the Washington D.C. lumber magnates the Walkers, whose family still owns the house, now under the estate of Edward S. Walker. Pleasant Prospect's address is 12806 Woodmore Road.

In 1981 the Country Club at Woodmore was redesigned and the gated community planned, a process which took 15 years as the seven area homeowner associations eventually merged.[2]

Geography

Woodmore is located at 38°56′5″N 76°46′42″W / 38.93472°N 76.77833°W / 38.93472; -76.77833 (38.934861, -76.778202)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.2 square miles (31.6 km²), of which, 12.1 square miles (31.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.82%) is water.

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