History

Alice Ferguson

The Moyaone Company was formed in December 1952 as a non-profit corporation, resulting from the bequest of Alice Ferguson of the remaining unsold land of the subdivisions. They held their first meeting in February, 1953. Later that year, the Carter property, 245 acres, was sold to the Moyaone, which became Apple Valley. In 1956, the Piscataway Company was formed to handle the business aspects of the real estate sales, while the Moyaone Company became more of a civic association. In 1957, the Piscataway Company acquired the Auburn area which added another 38 acres to the collective area known as the Reserve. The Poplar Hill area was acquired in 1958 which resulted in land ownership beyond Prince George’s county to include Charles County.

 

Land for the Community Center was donated by Henry Ferguson, and plans were made for constructing the facility with swimming pool playing field in 1957. A community garden was instituted in 2010, and a pavilion constructed adjacent to the community center in 2014.

Scenic easements were established between 1963-68 (adopted from the original land covenants), and coordinated with the Accokeek Foundation and the Interior Department to expand the park land area, preserve the open space, and protect the viewshed from Mount Vernon.

 

Today, the Moyaone Association consists of nearly 200 families who try to uphold the original goals of upholding environmental stewardship and preserving the rural character of the land. Most recently has been our fight against the proposed building of a natural gas compressor station in a protected wetland two miles from our neighborhood. You can find the archived pages here. 

The area encompassing the Moyaone Reserve has a rich history dating back beyond John Smith's explorations of the area in June 1608. The origins of the current Moyaone Reserve community began with the purchase of a farm, known as Hard Bargain, in 1922 by Alice and Henry Ferguson. It was intended to be a weekend retreat for them and their friends who would drive out from DC to experience the country and find relief from the heat and humidity of the city. The Fergusons acquired adjacent farmland, and then began to urge friends to join them in their “colony” that offered a more natural environment.

 

They liked the idea of creating a community of people who shared their interests and respect for the land, and began to sell off parcels of property with little stipulation other than agreeing to not subdivide less than five acres. This was in part due to the fact that Prince George’s County, which did not require properties of five acres or more to have improved roads and the expense of installing hard surface roads was more than the Fergusons wanted to invest.

 

Thus started the Moyaone Company, later renamed the Moyaone Association.

 

The first two areas to be acquired were Bonds Retreat, over 800 acres, and Cactus Hill (the latter acquired from the Bryan estate), 120 acres, and building began, albeit slowly due to the shortage of building materials after the War. Hidden Valley was later carved out from Bond’s Retreat.

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