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Jan 28 16

Montgomery Parks Celebrates Black History Month with Educational Events During the Last Weekend of February 2016

by Melissa Chotiner

Guided tours of local historical sites and a spoken word poetry event are among the inspirational events taking place at Josiah Henson Park. 

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will celebrate Black History Month during the last weekend in February with free, educational events that highlight the stories, struggles and successes of African Americans.  Events take place February 27 and 28, 2016 at Josiah Henson Park and include free guided tours of the park, the screening of a PBS documentary about the park and the annual spoken word poetry event, “Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom.”

 

“Black History Month is an important vehicle for understanding the past so that people can appreciate the extraordinary contributions of the county’s African Americans,” said Shirl Spicer, Museum Manager for Montgomery Parks. “We encourage people of all ages to join us at these events which bring the past to life and serve as an introduction to life-long learning in culture and community.”

 

Josiah Henson Park is a historic resource of international significance based on its association with Reverend Henson, whose 1849 autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

 

Following is the schedule of events taking place over the weekend:

Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, 2016, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.:

  • “A Walk in Father Henson’s Footsteps,” free guided tours retracing Reverend Josiah Henson’s life from enslavement to escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. Participants will learn about his extraordinary life—the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
  • Hourly screenings, from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. of the PBS Time Team America documentary, The Search for Josiah Henson,” which reveals new discoveries about the plantation resulting from a three-day intensive archaeological dig.

 

Saturday, February 27, 2016, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.:

  • “Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom,” an annual spoken word poetry event will feature original poetry, songs and other artistic expressions from people of all ages. It will be followed by light refreshments

 

Josiah Henson Park is located a short walk from the White Flint Metro (red) line, and parking for these events is available at the Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda, MD 20852 (about 1.5 blocks away). In the event of severe weather, please call 301-650-4373 in advance to confirm the park will be open.

 

Group & School Tours

Montgomery Parks also offers Group & School Tours for the public at Josiah Henson Park, as well as the Underground Railroad Experience Trail and Oakley Cabin. Tours are conducted by specially trained docents who bring history alive. Tour date requests may be submitted online or through email at HistoryTours@MontgomeryParks.org or by phone at 301-650-4373.

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

For more information on these upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, visit www.HistoryInTheParks.org or contact M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks Program Manager, Lisa MacLeman at 301-650-4373 or via email: Lisa.MacLeman@MontgomeryParks.org.

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

 

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Oct 27 15

Montgomery Parks Celebrates Maryland Emancipation Day – Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, 2015

by Melissa Chotiner

Montgomery Parks will host a weekend of inspiring educational activities for all ages.

SILVER SPRING, MD— Each November, Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission celebrates Maryland Emancipation Day (#MDMED). This day commemorates the adoption of the 1864 Maryland Constitution, which abolished slavery in the state of Maryland on November 1st. This year the celebration will include:

  • Hikes on the Underground Railroad Trail
  • Living history demonstrations and reenactments
  • Archaeology site excavations
  • Tours of a former slave plantation and 19th century log cabins*
  • Live music, crafts, games and food

EmancipationDay Photo 1Special Emancipation Day Events* will be held on Saturday, November 7 at Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park in Olney and on Sunday, November 8 at Josiah Henson Park in North Bethesda. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available at both sites during the special programs.
Activities at Oakley Cabin will include a reading of the Maryland Emancipation Amendment, living history demonstrations, musical performances by local artists and a special appearance by Master Puppeteer, Schroeder Cherry, presenting “Underground Railroad, Not a Subway.”
Activities at Josiah Henson Park will include guided tours, hands-on archaeology activities and a musical performance by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices.
Montgomery Parks joins other historic sites throughout the county to celebrate this special occasion. Park-hosted events are free and open to the public. A schedule of weekend events is outlined below. More details are available at HistoryintheParks.org.

This weekend also celebrates the conclusion of the 2015 History in the Parks season. Public programs at Park historic sites will resume April 2016.

WEEKEND EVENTS SCHEDULE

Saturday, November 7, 2015 

  • Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guided Hikes
    Hikes begin 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. | Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park | 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860 | Free
    Conductors” will lead one-way, 90-minute interpretive hikes of this two-mile natural surface trail from Woodlawn Manor to the historic Sandy Spring Friends Meetinghouse. Shuttle buses will transport hikers back to the Woodlawn Manor at the end of each hike.
  • Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park*
    12:00 noon 4:00 p.m. | 3610 Brookeville Road, Olney, MD 20832 | Free
    Oakley Cabin will host an afternoon of live music, tours of the historic 19th century log cabin, hearth cooking demonstrations, storytelling performances by members of the Griots’ Circle of Maryland, games, crafts, and more for everyone to enjoy!

Emancipation Day Program | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm*

  • Puppet show, “Underground Railroad, Not a Subway,” by Master Puppeteer, Schroeder Cherry
  • Presentation by the reenactors of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, B Company, Washington, DC
  • Performances by blues musicians presented by Music on the Rise

Parking is only available at Longwood Recreation Center, 19300 Georgia Avenue with shuttle service to/from Oakley Cabin throughout the afternoon.

  • The Harper 1870s Homestead at Brookside Nature Center Tours & Demonstrations
    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | 1400 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902 | Free
    Visit the Harper 1870s Homestead to learn how families lived off the land. Self-guided tours are available between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Enjoy living history demonstrations and hands on activities for the whole family from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  •  Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery Open House
    11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | 18524 Brooke Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860 | Free | sandyspringslavemuseum.org
    In celebration of Maryland Emaciation Day, the museum will be open for tours. Lunch will be available for purchase. Directions: From I-495, take New Hampshire Ave. exit north. Continue 12 miles on New Hampshire Ave. Cross Rte. 108 and continue 1 mile. Slow down. Turn left onto Brooke Rd. The museum is on the left.
  •  Sandy Spring Museum Open House
    10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  | 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860 | Admission Charged | sandyspringmuseum.org
    The Museum chronicles the history of the families that lived and grew here on farms and in trades, creating one of the oldest sustained communities of African American landowners in the nation. Admission is free for members. Adults are $5, students and senior adults are $3 and children under 12 are free. For more information please call 301-774-0022.

 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

  • Josiah Henson Park Open House*
    12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. | 11420 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852 | Free
    Enjoy guided tours and join Park archaeologists at the archaeology dig on site. The “Emancipation Day Program” held 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., features a special musical performance by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices.

Guided tours begin on the half hour starting at 12:00 p.m. Last guided tour begins at 2:00 pm (tours last about 60 mins.) and self-guided tours will take place during the “Emancipation Day Program.” Parking is ONLY available at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center/Wall Local Park, 5900 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda.

 

  • The Harper 1870s Homestead at Brookside Nature Center Tours & Demonstrations
    1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | 1400 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902 | Free
    Visit the Harper 1870s Homestead to learn how families lived off the land. Self-guided tours are available between 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Enjoy living history demonstrations and hands on activities for the whole family from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

*American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available.

For more information about Montgomery Parks Emancipation Day programming and to stay informed of upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and training dates, visit HistoryInTheParks.org.

 

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Apr 7 15

Montgomery Parks History in the Parks Season Opens April 10 – 12, 2015 with a Host of Free, Educational Activities and Tours

by Melissa Chotiner

Season opening kicks off Friday, April 10, with Special Guided Night Hike of the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor.

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) starts the History in the Parks season with opening weekend celebrations April 10 – 12, 2015. Special events and tours are scheduled all weekend long at several of the parks signature historic sites.

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Join trained “conductors” on Friday night, April 10 at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park for a special night hike on the Underground Experience Trail.

 

“We are always excited about Opening Weekend. It’s a great way to get an introduction to a life-long lesson in culture, community and connections,” said Shirl Spicer, Museum Manager for Montgomery Parks. “We hope that these events serve as a starting point to engage people in the important history that is accessible right here in Montgomery County.”

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Join Montgomery Parks on Sunday, April 12 from 1 – 4 at the season opening of Kingsley Schoolhouse, a late 19th century one-room school house in Little Bennett Regional Park.

 

The weekend events are part of Montgomery Parks’ History in the Parks programming and include:

  • Friday, April 10: Special Night Hike of the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor (7 PM | $5 pp)
  • Saturday, April 11: Tours and African Dance Workshop, “Celebration of African Rhythms through Dance & Song” (Starting at 12 PM | Free)
  • Sunday, April 12: Free events located at Josiah Henson Park, Harper Cabin, and Kingsley Schoolhouse

 

Historical education in Montgomery County continues to be an important vehicle for understanding the past to build the foundation for a future. With the facilities officially opening, county residents and visitors can explore their heritage throughout the seasons. Operating months are April through November. Please visit HistoryInTheParks.org to get event details and site information. Group/school tours or volunteer opportunities are also available.

 

 About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

 

Jul 10 14

Montgomery Parks Josiah Henson Park Will Be Profiled on National Broadcast of PBS Series Time Team America on August 19; Program Uncovers New Evidence Related to the Site’s History

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the Montgomery Parks Foundation announce the premiere of “TIME TEAM AMERICA, The Search for Josiah Henson,” on Tuesday, August 19 at 8 p.m. TIME TEAM AMERICA is a PBS series that combines archaeological discovery with good story telling. “The Search for Josiah Henson,” one of four new episodes of the second season, explores Josiah Henson Park, a significant historical resource located in Montgomery County, Maryland within the Montgomery Parks’ system. The park is located on the former Isaac Riley plantation where Reverend Josiah Henson was enslaved for many years before his escape to freedom. Henson’s autobiography is the inspiration behind Harriet Tubman’s landmark novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. 

Time Team America filming at Josiah Henson site in August 2012.

Time Team America filming at Josiah Henson site in August 2012.

Filming of the program took place in August 2012. The TIME TEAM AMERICA production crew and on-air talent—comprised of scientists Joe Watkins, Allan Maca, Meg Watters, Jeff Brown and Chelsea Rose and host Justine Shapiro—spent three days on site working alongside Parks’ archaeologists and their many volunteers, searching for evidence of Henson-era structures and related artifacts long lost to suburban development. The archaeological exploration unearthed three layers of compacted earth flooring in the kitchen under the existing floor, which indicates the strong likelihood that the existing log kitchen sits on the exact footprint of the one described in Henson’s memoirs.

It was upon his return to Isaac Riley’s plantation in 1828 that Josiah Henson recalls sleeping on the dirt floor of the kitchen in the main house.

“After putting my horse in the stable I retired to the kitchen, where my master told me I was to sleep for
the night … that crowded room, with its earth floor, its filth and stench – The negroes present were strangers
to me. Full of gloomy reflections at my loneliness, and poverty stricken aspect of the whole farm, I sat
down…thinking how I could escape from the accursed spot.”

—Josiah Henson, The Life of Josiah Henson Formerly a Slave, Boston: 1849

The Montgomery Parks Foundation will conduct a major campaign to raise $2 million dollars to support the educational and interpretive aspects for Josiah Henson Park. These funds will be matched by $4.85 million approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board and the County Council for the park’s development.
The TIME TEAM AMERICA episode on Josiah Henson Park can be previewed at: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365243972/

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

About the Montgomery Parks Foundation
The Montgomery Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that champions Montgomery County Parks cultivating financial support and public engagement of county residents and businesses as member, donors, sponsors and advocates. Visit www.MontgomeryParksFoundation.org to learn more.

 

Jun 4 14

Montgomery Parks Offers Free Tours, Hikes and Activities to Celebrate Montgomery County Heritage Days on June 28 and 29

by Melissa Chotiner
Parks’ historic sites include a hike along the Underground Railroad trail, a former plantation and a one-room schoolhouse dating back to the early 1900s. 
 
SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will join Heritage Montgomery and historic organizations throughout the county to celebrate the 17th annual Montgomery County Heritage Days on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, 29. The two-day, county-wide festival offers visitors an opportunity to sample numerous sites representing the history, culture, and natural beauty of the county. All activities are FREE. For information about each of the participating sites, visit HistoryInTheParks.org call 301-650-4373.
 
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Saturday, June 28, 2013

Underground Railroad Experience Trail Free Guided Hikes

Guided hikes begin at 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
 

Join Underground Railroad Trail conductors for interpretive hikes of the two-mile trail from Woodlawn Manor to the Sandy Spring Friends Meetinghouse. Conductors will discuss various techniques that freedom seekers used to elude pursuers and share true, fascinating and heartbreaking stories, along the way.

Parking: Available at Woodlawn Manor. At the end of each hike, shuttle buses will transport hikers from the Sandy Spring Friends Meetinghouse back to the Woodlawn Manor parking lot between 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. For more information, call 301-650-4373 or visit UndergroundRRExperience.org

 

Agricultural History Farm Park
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855
 

Tour the historic Magruder-Bussard farmstead with old-fashioned games and crafts for children. Music will be provided by “Karen Collins and the Back Roads Band” featuring country music noon – 2 p.m.

Blockhouse Point Conservation Park – Free Civil War Experience Trail Guided Hikes
Guided hikes begin at 12:00 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Blockhouse Point Conservation Park
14750 River Road
Darnestown, MD 20854
 

Enjoy free guided hikes of one of our Best Natural Areas. This Park encompasses historic Civil War ruins of national significance. Many of the existing trails in Blockhouse Point Conservation Park are part of the historic Civil War complex for which the park is named. They are a vestige of the transportation system that furnished material and supplies to the men who were stationed there. These historic routes have been used for more than 140 years.

Parking: Available at Blockhouse Point Conservation Park along the south side of River Road.

Kingsley Schoolhouse Open House – Guided Tours
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Little Bennett Regional Park
24472 Clarksburg Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871 

Explore this one-room schoolhouse built in 1893. Come learn what school was like in Montgomery County back in the 1920s. Enjoy games for children and live bluegrass music by the Alderson Family throughout the day. For more information visit the Kingsley Schoolhouse webpage or call 301-650-4373.

Parking: Available at the Kingsley Parking Area, 24758 Clarksburg Road or Froggy Hollow Trailhead Parking Area, 24472 Clarksburg Road. Visitors may walk or take the shuttle from these parking lots to the schoolhouse. Shuttle runs every 30 minutes between the parking lots and the schoolhouse.

 

Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park
3610 Brookville Road,
Olney, MD 20832
 

Journey back in time at Oakley Cabin to the 1890s with guided tours, living history demonstrations and crafts and activities for children. Enjoy tours of the historic cabin and learn about the African American experience after the Civil War. Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park is a 19th-century African American historic site. Built as one of three cabins along the historic Brookville Road, Oakley Cabin was at the center of a growing African American roadside community following the end of the Civil War. Enjoy live music by the blues band, Franklin and Solomon (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.) and a special performance by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices at 3:00 p.m.

Parking: Available at the Longwood Local Park, 19300 Georgia Avenue, Olney, MD. Shuttles will transport visitors between Longwood Local Park and Oakley Cabin. For more information contact 301-650-4373 or visit OakleyCabin.org

1870s Harper Homestead Open House 
 
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (repeats Sunday, June 29, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
 

Experience how one family lived in the post-emancipation period in Montgomery County in a mid-19th century log cabin. Learn how the environment provides for you, how to raise chickens, grind your own grain, and more activities for the entire family.

 
Sunday, June 29, 2013
 
Josiah Henson Park 
A Walk in Father Henson’s Footsteps: Free Guided Tours and Archaeology Dig
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Josiah Henson Park
11420 Old Georgetown Road,
North Bethesda, MD 20852
 

Bring the family for guided tours, offered every half hour, retracing the footsteps of Reverend Josiah Henson from his enslavement to escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. (Last tour begins at 3:00 p.m.) Visitors can also explore an archaeology dig site with parks archaeologists, learn to make clay marbles and enjoy traditional African American stories told by master story tellers from the Griots’ Circle of Maryland (from 2 – 4 p.m.)

For more information, visit www.HistoryInTheParks.org.

Parking: Available for Josiah Henson Park only at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Blvd.; located across the street, one and one-half blocks from the park. For more information, contact 301-650-4373 or visit www.JosiahHensonSite.org

 

About the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

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Jan 14 14

Montgomery Parks Offers Free Guided Tours of Josiah Henson Park for Black History Month

by Melissa Chotiner

Month-long celebration culminates in spoken word poetry event on February 22.

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SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will celebrate Black History Month with weekly free guided tours of Josiah Henson Park each Saturday in February. The month-long celebration will culminate in a special spoken word poetry event “Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom,” on February 22. Weekly guided tours will retrace the footsteps of Reverend Josiah Henson from his enslavement on the former Isaac Riley plantation to his escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. Henson’s extraordinary life was documented in his 1849 autobiography that inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852.

The Josiah Henson Park will be open every Saturday in February (2/1, 2/8, 2/15 and 2/22) from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. offering FREE one-hour guided tours, beginning on the hour (last tour at 3:30 p.m., except on February 22when the last tour starts at 2:00 p.m.).

Free Guided Tours: “A Walk in Father Henson’s Footsteps”

Saturdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22
12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.
*Last tour starts at 3:30 p.m., except on Feb. 22 when last tour starts at 2 p.m.
Josiah Henson Park
11420 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda
Cost: FREE
More information: www.HistoryInTheParks.org

Spoken Word Poetry Event: “Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom”

Saturday, February 22, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Josiah Henson Park
11420 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda
Cost: FREE
More information: www.HistoryInTheParks.org

The public is invited to this annual poetry event to create and share their own “sounds of freedom” in the form of original poetry. Only self-guided tours are available during the program. A reception with light refreshments takes place immediately following the program.

In the event of severe weather, please call 301-650-4373 in advance to confirm the park will be open.

Parking for these events is available only at the Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda, MD 20852 (about 1.5 blocks away).

Group & School Tours

Montgomery Parks also offers Group & School Tours for the public at Josiah Henson Park, as well as the Underground Railroad Experience Trail and Oakley Cabin. Tours are conducted by specially trained docents who bring history alive. Tour date requests may be submitted online or through email at HistoryTours@MontgomeryParks.org or by phone at 301-650-4373.

Volunteer Opportunities:

For more information on these upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, visit www.HistoryInTheParks.org or contact M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks Program Manager Lisa MacLeman at 301-650-4373 or via email: Lisa.MacLeman@MontgomeryParks.org.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

 

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Sep 27 13

Join Montgomery Parks for a Weekend of Inspiring Educational Activities for Families Celebrating Maryland Emancipation Day

by Melissa Chotiner

—Hike a portion of the Underground Railroad, learn about life on a former slave plantation in N. Bethesda and tour historic cabins in the county where African Americans lived post-Civil War—

 

Montgomery magazine photo 2SILVER SPRING, MD—Maryland’s emancipation of its enslaved population took place nearly 150 years ago in 1864. Each November, Montgomery Parks marks this historic milestone with a weekend of educational activities and events at various African American historic sites in our parks. This year’s celebrations of freedom from enslavement in Maryland include hikes on the Underground Railroad trail, a tour of a 19th century cabin and a museum, living history demonstrations, live music and food.

 

A special Emancipation Day event will take place on Saturday, November 1, at Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park in Olney and will include a reading of the Maryland Emancipation announcement, living history demonstrations, musical performances by local artists and a host of other activities for the whole family.

All events are open to the public, most are free with the exception of a special night hike on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail, on Friday, November 1, which costs $5 per person. A schedule of weekend events is outlined below. More details are available at www.HistoryintheParks.org.

Friday, November 1, 2013

“Voices of the Underground Railroad: Special Night Hike on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail”

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
16501 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Admission: $5.00 (www.ParkPASS.org, Course #249349 to sign up)

Bring your flashlight and journey back in time to the 1800s on this two-mile night hike, where you’ll meet persons of the past (portrayed by re-enactors), including brave fugitives, a Maryland governor, a freedman and minister among others.

*Appropriate for adults and children ages 10 and up.
**Trail is not ADA-accessible. Only therapy animals are permitted on the hike.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guided Hikes

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
(Tours begin 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.)
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
16501 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Free

”Conductors” will lead one-way, 90-minute interpretive hikes of this two-mile natural surface trail from Woodlawn Manor to the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House. (Shuttle buses will transport hikers back to the Woodlawn Manor.)

Harper Cabin at Brookside Nature Center Tours & Demonstrations

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Free
 
Visit the Harper Cabin, dating back to the 1870s, to learn how and where post-emancipation African American families lived in Montgomery County. Two generations of the Harper family (including a total of 21 children) grew up in this small two-room cabin.
 

Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery Open House 

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
18524 Brooke Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Free
For more information visit: http://www.sandyspringslavemuseum.org/

The museum and art gallery will feature exhibits focusing on the heritage of African Americans from their origin in Africa through the Trans-Atlantic passage, participation with the Underground Railroad, the struggle for civil rights, and their accomplishments across the African Diaspora. Lunch will be available for purchase.

Sandy Spring Museum Open House

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Admission charged
For more information: http://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/

The Museum chronicles the history of the families that lived and grew here on farms and in trades, creating one of the oldest sustained communities of African American landowners in the nation.

Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park

12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
3610 Brookeville Road, Olney, MD 20832
Free
 

Featuring live music and demonstrations, activities include guided cabin tours, living history demonstrations, hands-on crafts and old-fashioned games for children; and an archaeology dig.

*Parking is only available at Longwood Recreation Center, 19300 Georgia Avenue with shuttle service to Oakley Cabin.

Button Farm Living History Center Tours & Demonstrations

Time and programming updates will be available soon.
16820 Black Rock Rd., Germantown, MD 20874
Free
*Event is organized by Button Farm Living History Center
For more information: http://buttonfarm.org/

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Harper Cabin at Brookside Nature Center Tours and Demonstrations

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902
Free

Take a tour of this cabin dating back to 1870 and learn about its history including its relocation from a post-Civil War African American community (near Poolesville) to Wheaton.

Josiah Henson Park Open House

12 noon – 4:00 p.m.
11420 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda 20852
Free

 Take a guided tour of the Josiah Henson historic site to learn about the life of Reverend Josiah Henson during his enslavement on this former plantation and as a freedman in Canada. Join park archaeologists on a dig of the site.

*Parking is only available at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center/Wall Local Park, 5900 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda.

Sandy Spring Museum Open House

12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Admission charged
For more information visit: http://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/
 

The Museum chronicles the history of the families that lived and grew here on farms and in trades, creating one of the oldest sustained communities of African American landowners in the nation.

For more information about Montgomery Parks Emancipation Day programming and to stay informed of upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and training dates, visit www.HistoryInTheParks.org.

About the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

 

 

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Jun 26 13

Celebrate Montgomery County’s History at Montgomery Parks Heritage Days: June 29 and 30, 2013

by Melissa Chotiner


-Free activities planned at historic sites throughout 
Montgomery Parks-

SANDY SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will join Heritage Montgomery and historic organizations throughout the county to celebrate the 16th annual Heritage Days Weekend on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, 30. The two-day, county-wide festival offers visitors an opportunity to sample numerous sites representing the history, culture, and natural beauty of the county. All activities are FREE.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Underground Railroad Experience Trail Free Guided HikesMontgomery magazine photo 2
9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10:00 a.m.
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
 

Join Underground Railroad Trail conductors for interpretive hikes of the two-mile trail from Woodlawn Manor to the Sandy Spring Friends Meetinghouse. Conductors will discuss various techniques that freedom seekers used to elude pursuers and share true, fascinating and heartbreaking stories, along the way.

Parking: Available at Woodlawn Manor. At the end of each hike, shuttle buses will transport hikers from the Sandy Spring Friends Meetinghouse back to the Woodlawn Manor parking lot between 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. For more information, call 301-650-4373 or visit UndergroundRRExperience.org

Civil War Experience Trail Guided Hikes
12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
Blockhouse Point Conservation Park
15000 River Road,
Potomac, MD 20854
 

Walk in the footsteps of Civil War Union soldiers and see the remains of an 1862 outpost camp and blockhouse used to guard the Potomac River crossing from Confederate attack. Enjoy a two-mile guided hike, along an easy to moderate natural surface trail. Meet at the parking area by Callithea Horse Farm across from Signal Tree Lane. For more information, please call 301-840-5848.

Kingsley Schoolhouse Open House – Guided Tours
12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.
Little Bennett Regional Park
Clarksburg Road
Clarksburg, MD, 20871

Enjoy tours of this one-room schoolhouse built in 1893. Old-fashioned games and crafts for the whole family will be offered. For more information visit the Kingsley Schoolhouse webpage or call 301-650-4373.

Parking: Available at the Kingsley Parking Area, 24758 Clarksburg Rd., or Froggy Hollow Trailhead Parking Area, 24472 Clarksburg Rd. Visitors may walk or take the shuttle from these parking lots to the schoolhouse.

 

Oakley Cabin Guided Tours and Children’s Storytime
12 noon – 4:00 p.m.

Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park

3610 Brookville Road,

Olney, MD 20832

Journey back in time at Oakley Cabin to the 1890s and enjoy musical talents of the period from Music on the Rise, as well as guided cabin tours, demonstrations of 19th century crafts, hands-on activities and old-fashioned games for children.

 

1:00 – 3:00 pm Special Children’s Story Hour: Members of the Griots’ Circle of Maryland will delight audience members with tales from ages past in the tradition of the African griots.

 

Parking: Available at the Longwood Local Park, 19300 Georgia Ave., Olney. Shuttles will transport visitors between Longwood Local Park and Oakley Cabin. For more information contact 301-650-4373 or visit OakleyCabin.org

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Guided Tours and Archaeology Dig

12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

Josiah Henson Special Park

11420 Old Georgetown Road,

North Bethesda, MD 20852

 

Bring the family to the Josiah Henson Park and walk in the footsteps of Father Henson on guided tours of this historic site. Explore the archaeology dig site with park archaeologists. Guided tours begin: 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and last tour begins at 3:00 pm.

 

Parking: Available for Josiah Henson Park only at the Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Blvd.; located across the street, one and one-half blocks from the park. For more information, contact 301-650-4373 or visit www.JosiahHensonSite.org

For more on the Montgomery Parks visit www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Apr 12 13

Montgomery Parks Historic Sites Open for the Season with a Weekend of Celebrations and Activities

by Melissa Chotiner

SANDY SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), will feature a weekend of free family-friendly activities starting April 13 to celebrate the opening of its historic sites for the season. Weekend activities include:

Saturday, April 13, Noon – 4PM

 

Oakley Cabin

Oakley Cabin

Guided Cabin Tours and “When Animals Spoke…” Children’s Storytelling Program
Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park
3610 Brookeville Road
Olney, MD 20832
FREE
 
 
Celebrate the opening of Oakley Cabin with tours, storytelling, crafts and games for children, featuring storyteller, Shirleta Settles and members of the Griots’ Circle of Maryland. Visitors will also have an opportunity to explore an archaeology dig with Parks’ archaeologists.
 
Sunday, April 14, Noon – 4PM
(last guided tour begins at 3p.m.)
 
Josiah Henson House
Josiah Henson Park Guided Tours
“A Walk in Father Henson’s Footsteps”
Josiah Henson Park
11420 Old Georgetown Road
North Bethesda, MD 20852
FREE
 
 
(Parking is available only at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Blvd., North Bethesda)
 
Retrace the footsteps of Reverend Josiah Henson from his enslavement to escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada, and walk the grounds where he toiled as a slave on the Isaac Riley plantation.

 

All of the above historic sites will remain open through November 2 and offer various weekend activities and tours, as well as group and school tours. The Underground Railroad Experience Trail offers free guided hikes every Saturday, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, throughout the season. The guided hikes are appropriate for children ages 8 and up. The two-mile, two hour hike follows unpaved paths through meadows and woods and is led by trained volunteer conductors.

 

Free guided tours of Oakley Cabin are offered the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, from noon – 4 p.m., throughout the season.

 

“We’re looking forward to a great season of bringing history to life in the parks,” said Montgomery Parks Museum Manager Shirl Spicer, “and invite all to join us!”

 

Montgomery County Heritage Days will be the next “History in the Parks” weekend celebration with planned activities June 29 and 30, 2013. The Montgomery Parks historic sites season closes each year on the first weekend in November with Maryland Emancipation Day Celebrations, this year commemorated November 1 – 3, 2013.

For more information on any of the historic sites and events in Montgomery Parks or to volunteer, visit www.HistoryInTheParks.org.

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Jan 18 13

Montgomery Parks Will Host Community Meeting on February 4, 2013 to Review Design Plans for Josiah Henson Park Facility Restoration

by Melissa Chotiner

Community meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Tilden Middle School.

SILVER SPRING, MD – M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks will host a community meeting on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. to review design plans for the Josiah Henson Park Facility. The meeting will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Tilden Middle School at 11211 Old Georgetown Road in Rockville.  In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held on February 11 at 7 p.m. at the same location.

This project proposes to rehabilitate the existing historic Riley/Bolten House and attached log kitchen, which are located on the former plantation property (now Josiah Henson Park) where Josiah Henson was enslaved in the early to mid-1800’s before escaping to freedom in Canada. The project work includes interpretive exhibits about Reverend Henson’s life which served as the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

For additional information about the project, or to submit written comments, please visit the Josiah Henson Park Facility Plan webpage.

About M-NCPPC and the Montgomery Parks

M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks throughout the County.  The Department of Parks is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is ranked as a national model of excellence in park and recreation management by other park systems and by the National Recreation and Parks Association.www.MontgomeryParks.org

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