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County Museums, Historical Sites

Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page PG62

Airmen Memorial Museum

5211 Auth Rd.

Suitland 20746





This privately run museum documents men and women involved in the development of aviation. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Free.

Antique Chesapeake Carousel and Miniature Train

Watkins Regional Park

301 Watkins Park Dr.

Upper Marlboro 20774




Watkins Regional Park includes an 80-year-old carousel with hand-carved animals. Carousel and train hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Belair Mansion

12207 Tulip Grove Dr.

Bowie 20715



Hours: noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, and for groups of 10 or more by appointment. A donation is requested at the door. Belair is available for rentals for weddings, receptions and other functions for up to 75 people.

Belair Stable Museum

2835 Belair Dr.

Bowie 20715



The Belair Stable was part of the Belair Stud, one of the premier racing stables from the 1930s through the 1950s. It was home to Gallant Fox and Omaha, the only father and son horses to win the Triple Crown. Belair was also home to Nashua, the 1955 Horse of the Year, and many other well-known racehorses. The restored stable, with a history spanning more than 250 years, is now a museum. Group tours available by appointment. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Donations requested.

Billingsley House Museum

6900 Green Landing Rd.

Upper Marlboro 20772



Located on 430 acres overlooking the confluence of the Patuxent River and the Western Branch, Billingsley is a brick plantation home built around 1740. Also featured is the Billingsley Farm Museum adjacent to the house. It is a restored tobacco barn with a collection of antique farm equipment. Tours available noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Weekday group tours of 10 or more by appointment.

Bowie Train Station and Huntington Museum

8614 Chestnut Ave.

Bowie 20715


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