Welcome back to Marlow Heights of the 1960s and 1970s! I grew up in the area from around 1965, until we moved away in late 1973. I lived mainly in an area known as Deer Park Heights, which was off of Raleigh Road (Raleigh ran from Olson Street and St. Barnabus Road). I attended Sandymount Elementary School in Marlow Heights from 4th-6th Grade, Benjamin Stoddert Jr. High, also in Marlow Heights, and one semester of Potomac Sr High School in Oxon Hill.
Before that I lived in the Dennis Grove Apartments (now known as Oxon Hill Village) and attended Oxon Hill ES, then briefly lived on 28th Parkway in Hillcrest Heights and attended Green Valley ES for most of 3rd Grade. After that we moved to Deer Park Heights. My first job was at the Red Barn (which we used to call the “Dead Barn”) on St. Barnabas Road when I was 14, in the Summer of 1972, which lasted for all of a month or so, and then went to work at the Jr. Hot Shoppes, Iverson Mall in Hillcrest Heights. I was also a Block aka Grit for a few years, before falling victim to bell bottoms/flares, butterfly collar shirts,“ stack ” shoes, and that “feathered” hairstyle of the 70s. I decided to create this web site to connect with my Marlow Heights past, by sharing my recollections and photos, and hoping that others do the same. This site is a tribute to Marlow Heights and the great communities of PG County of its heyday, the 1960s and 1970s (with some of the 1950s and a bit of the early 80s, too).
Didn ’t you ever wonder what happened to your old neighborhood in southern/central PG County, that place you perhaps haven’t seen in 30 or 40 years? Do you think about a favorite restaurant you used to visit, a teacher you had in school, a boyfriend or girlfriend, the neighborhood you lived in, your first job as a teenager, fads, clothing styles, a long lost friend from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding areas? Or whatever became of your old classmates? If you lived in Marlow Heights, one of the nearby communities, or anywhere in southern and central PG County during the 60s or 70s, this site is for you and to, “Keep the Memories Alive”. There’s always a chance you’ll connect with old friends and classmates, and maybe even an old teacher or two. This is a participative web site, and whatever information, articles, links, photos, videos, or audio provided to me will be credited. If you grew up in Marlow Heights, or any of the ‘Heights of PG County, during the 50s, 60s, 70s, and early 80s, this is THE nostalgia site just for you!
If you ’re wondering about the garish, gaudy colors on this web site, well, that’s how I remember the 60s and 70s!