Talking Turkey in Greenbelt

"Small White" turkey developed at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Photo from the BARC collection

“Small White” turkey developed at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Photo from the BARC collection

Please note: 

The Museum’s historic house at 10-B Crescent Road will be closed on Sunday December 1 to allow our volunteers to spend time with their families.  We apologize for any inconvenience. The museum will resume Sunday hours on December 8.

 Please visit the museum’s current exhibit, “Greenbelt: The First 75 Years, 1937 to 2012, in the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road. The Community Center is closed on Thanksgiving, open 9-4 on Friday November 29, open 9-10 on Saturday Nov 30 and 9-7 on Sun Dec. 1.

Did you know that this famous turkey was developed at the nearby Beltsville Agricultural Research Center? The Beltsville Small White was developed as a smaller alternative to traditionally bred turkeys. According to the BARC website, “By the late 1940s, the Beltsville Small White turkey, which averaged 8 to 10 pounds with a high percentage of breast meat, began showing up in stores. Today, this turkey line is part of the pedigree of nearly every turkey sold in the United States.” Some residents who were living in Greenbelt in the 1950s, have said that friends in other parts of the country, upon hearing that they lived in Greenbelt, remarked, “that’s where the turkeys come from!”

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