Prince George?s County was established in 1696 after the exploration and colonization by settlers from England and continental Europe, including Captain John Smith. The county grew quickly with its lumber resources and navigable rivers such as the Potomac and Patuxent, allowing for easy transport of goods. Upper Marlboro, the county seat, is one of the two largest cities in the county with Bladenburg taking the title as the second largest city. Prince George?s County is a juxtaposition of history and technology. Residents represent a diverse group who are committed to preserving the past, looking to the future, and making life in the county the best it can be.
Residents of Mitchellville are easily able to visit some of the best attractions in the country including the Smithsonian Institute, the White House, Kennedy Center, the National Mall, the Capitol Building, and the Library of Congress. Also nearby is the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, Andrews Air Force Base, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, National Agricultural Library, National Air and Space Museum, National Wildlife Visitor Center. Six Flags America, Rosecroft Raceway, FedEx Field, and The Sports and Learning Complex are in Prince George?s County.
Area residents who wish to continue their education beyond high school can take advantage of the more than 70 colleges and universities scattered throughout the southern half of Maryland, all within less than an hour's drive from Mitchellville and Woodmore. Some of the more prestigious universities include Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and the US Naval Academy. These institutions set the standard for local and national academia.
Mitchellville is adjacent to the city of Bowie, which offers live performances at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts and at the Bowie Playhouse. The National Ballet Company in Bowie is the oldest in Maryland. Bowie State University Art Gallery features collections of African and African-American art. Bowie?s City Hall Art Gallery displays the works of local artists. The Bowie Railroad Station/Huntington Museum contains restored historic Pennsylvania Railroad buildings and a 1920s Norfolk and Western Caboose. The Radio and Television Museum in Bowie traces the history of television and radio and how it affects our society. The Prince George?s County Genealogical Library is located in Bowie with genealogical volumes, periodicals, Bibles, microfilm and files covering more than 250 years of area history.