Next to the Potomac River,  contiguous with Piscataway Park, is the mid-century community of Moyaone Reserve.

Preservation Maryland’s Heritage Fund, in partnership with the Maryland Historical Trust, recently helped fund the costs associated with the nomination of Moyaone Reserve to the National Register of Historic Places.

The nomination process was spearheaded by the Moyaone Association. In addition to the Heritage Fund, funding was provided by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association and Prince George’s County.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

The new Moyaone Reserve Historic District will encompass over 120 contributing single-family homes along with undeveloped parcels including protected marshland and the mid-century Wagner Community Center. The homes showcase a range of styles and many of them are designed to work in visual harmony with the natural environment that surrounds them.

Home in the Moyaone Reserve, 2018.

This connection to the natural environment was present in the community from the beginning of planning for the neighborhood as a place that sought to protect the rural, wooded area where the houses were built.  Modernist architect Charles F. Wagner, Jr. built his own home in the community along with over 15 additional homes in the community.

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The Heritage Fund is a cooperative effort of Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust to provide direct assistance for the protection of historical and cultural resources in Maryland. The program funds innovative demonstrative projects that can be successfully replicated to meet the Old Line State’s historic preservation needs.