Written by Jody Trammel

White Oak

Quaint AcresWhite Oak is one of the unincorporated areas of Maryland County. It is a diverse locality which spans Lockwood Drive, New Hampshire Avenue and Stewart Lane before reaching Columbia Pike. Whether you want to stroll around White Oak or get a ride back to the airport at the end of your stay, call Affinity Airport Sedan. Our professional car service will pick you up and get you were you need to be.

About White Oak

The well-known was built in White Oak as an extensive research institute in February of 1919. It was known as the United States Navy Mine Unit and Mine Laboratory before being combined with the Experimental Ammunition Station in 1929. However, this facility was closed in 1994. The Food and Drug Administration occupied the lot and later renamed it as the Federal Research Center of White Oak.

Another landmark is “Quaint Acres”, a subdivision north of Route 29 located west of New Hampshire Avenue. It was named after Altus Lacy Quaintance, state entomologist from Maryland who worked at the Maryland Agricultural College and the US Department of Agriculture. Unfortunately, a freak accident took place on May 26, 1945 when a US Air Force TB-25D ‘Mitchell’ bomber flying from Biloxi to Bolling Field crashed near Quaint Acres. All the four crew members including the pilot, Dudley M. Outcalt, perished. Outcalt was a member of the famed 94th Aero Squadron during the First World War.

Residential Hub

Following World War II, prominent environmentalist, Rachel Carson, also moved to this residential area. She is the author of “Silent Spring”. This is the book which facilitated the prohibition of the pesticide DDT in the United States. In 1956, she built a ranch house on Berwick Road and lived there until her death in 1964. The house is considered a National Historic Landmark. However, it is not open to the public. Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives and the Senate, also lived in Quaint Acres. There were many migrants from other states which has led to a substantial increase of population in recent years.

If you’re planning a trip to White Oak, or to any other town in DC, call Affinity Airport Sedan. Our exclusive shuttle service is the easiest, most reliable way to get you around the DC, Virginia, and Maryland region.