Bostwick is one of only four pre-Revolutionary War structures still
standing in Bladensburg, Maryland. It was a grand home, built for
Christopher Lowndes who was a leading citizen and local merchant in
Bladensburg. His trading company imported spices, building materials, dry
goods, and slaves. He also owned a shipyard where ocean-going vessels were
constructed as well as a ropewalk that manufactured the cordage necessary
for shipping lines.