Built in 1746 Bostwick is a 2-1/2-story, Georgian brick house, with a
flared gable roof and bracketed cornice, a high buttress at the south gable
end, and a kitchen wing to the north. It was built for Christopher Lowndes,
merchant and Town Commissioner, and was later the home of Lowndes’
son-in-law, Benjamin Stoddert, first Secretary of the Navy. Probably the
earliest surviving building in Bladensburg, Bostwick stands high on a
terraced lawn, and is a prominent landmark in the town.