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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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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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Apr 28 14

Montgomery Parks Announces Volunteer Opportunities At Historic Sites

by Melissa Chotiner

Free two-part training sessions take place May 31 and June 7; Sign up at www.parksvolunteers.org.

SILVER SPRING, MD—M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks is seeking volunteers to serve as docents and trail guides at two of its historic sites—Oakley Cabin in Olney and the Underground Railroad Experience Trail in Sandy Spring. The volunteer program provides interesting, educational opportunities for history enthusiasts to learn about the rich history of Montgomery County, while providing a valuable service to the community. Underground Railroad volunteer conductors lead hikes through a wooded, natural surface trail in Sandy Spring, MD and teach visitors about the Underground Railroad experience in Montgomery County and the Quaker heritage of Sandy Spring. Oakley Cabin docents share with visitors the history and culture of former tenants who lived there during the 19th century and other African American communities in the local area.

Free training sessions are provided to participants, and students are eligible for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours.

  • For Underground Railroad Experience Trail guides: Saturdays, May 31 & June 7, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Parkside Headquarters, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring and Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring. Minimum volunteer age 16 years.
  • For Oakley Cabin docents: Saturdays, May 31 & June 14, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Parkside Headquarters, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring and Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park, 3610 Brookeville Road in Olney. Minimum volunteer age is 16 years.

All volunteer opportunities require at least a 6-shift commitment throughout the season. Volunteers must complete an application and background screening. Potential volunteers are encouraged to submit applications online at www.ParksVolunteers.org by May 15 and prior to training sessions. The Department of Parks provides all the materials needed for volunteer positions. Volunteers are outfitted with uniforms consisting of t-shirts and hats.

“Volunteers are so important to our historic sites,” said Department of Parks Museum Manager Shirl Spicer. “Thanks to our dedicated volunteer staff, we are able to provide free guided trail hikes and cabin tours on Saturdays, April to November.”

Volunteers in the program gain valuable experience learning to become skilled interpreters for diverse audiences, while learning about the rich African American heritage of Montgomery County. Participants also enjoy behind-the-scene group field trips to other historic sites in the region such as Button Farm Living History Center, Hampton Plantation, Riversdale House Museum and Colonial Williamsburg.

For more information on these volunteer opportunities, upcoming training sessions and the historic and cultural resources in Montgomery Parks, contact Lisa MacLeman at 301-650-4373 or via email: lisa.macleman@montgomeryparks.org.

Mar 31 14

Montgomery Parks Historic Sites Open for the Season the First Weekend in April

by Melissa Chotiner
Free Tours and activities planned at Underground Railroad Experience Trail, Oakley Cabin and Kingsley Schoolhouse on April 5 and 6.
 
Oakley Cabin

Oakley Cabin

SANDY SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), will mark the season opening of its historic sites on Saturday April 5 with a guided hike along the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor and a day of cultural activities at Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park. On Sunday, April 6, the historic Kingsley Schoolhouse in Clarksburg also reopens for the season. The schedule of events and locations is listed below.

Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m.

Guided Hike along the Underground Railroad Experience Trail
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
FREE

 

Join trained conductors for a guided hike on a simulated Underground Railroad experience. Hikers will journey approximately two miles along a wooded natural surface trail while learning about various techniques “freedom seekers” used to elude trackers, find food and navigate their way north to freedom.

 

Meet at the Stone Barn at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. Hikes last about 2.5 hours and are appropriate for people ages 8 years old and up. Only therapeutic animals are permitted on hikes. The trail is not ADA-accessible nor suited for strollers.

 

Saturday, April 5, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Guided Tours and Cultural Activities at Oakley Cabin
“Celebrating Cultural Rhythms – Past to Present”
Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park
3610 Brookeville Road
Olney, MD 20832
FREE

 

Celebrate the season opening of Oakley Cabin with tours, an African dance workshop by the group Cultural Moves, crafts and games for children, and explore an archaeology dig with Montgomery Parks’ archaeologists.

 

Sunday, April 6, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Guided Tours
Kingsley Schoolhouse
Little Bennett Regional Park
Kingsley Parking Area on Clarksburg Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871
FREE

 

Kingsley Schoolhouse was built in 1893 and is one of the best remaining examples of a one-room schoolhouse in Montgomery County.  Located in the secluded “Froggy Hollow” section of Little Bennett Regional Park, the schoolhouse is furnished as it appeared in the 1920s. Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch by the stream.

 

Historic Sites Remain Open through November 2, 2014

The Underground Railroad Experience Trail, Oakley Cabin and Kingsley Schoolhouse will remain open through November 2 with various weekend activities and tours planned. Group and school tours are also available for the Underground Railroad Experience Trail and Oakley Cabin.

 

  • Underground Railroad Experience Trail: Free guided hikes every Saturday at 10:00 a.m., throughout the season (hikes begin at 9 a.m. during July and August); visitors are welcome to take self-guided hikes along the trail until dusk.

 

  • Oakley Cabin: Free guided tours the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, from noon – 4:00 p.m., throughout the season.

 

  • Kingsley Schoolhouse: Free guided tours the first Sunday of each month, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., throughout the season.

 

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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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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Oct 17 12

Montgomery Parks Celebrates Maryland Emancipation Day with a Weekend of Educational Activities

by Melissa Chotiner

—Events include guided hikes on the Underground Railroad Trail, tours of Oakley Cabin and Josiah Henson Park—

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Montgomery Parks will celebrate freedom from enslavement in Maryland with a weekend of family-friendly, educational activities at historic sites in Montgomery Parks and around the county. Activities include a hike on the Underground Railroad trail, a tour of a 19th century cabin and a museum, living history demonstrations and great food! All of the events are free with the exception of a special night hike on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail, on Friday, November 2 which costs $5 per person. Please find a listing of Montgomery Parks Maryland Emancipation Day events and activities below.

Friday, November 2, 2012

  • 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

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 3, 2012

  • 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.)

  • Rockville African American Walking Tour and “An Emancipation Conversation”

12:00 noon
Town Square Pavilion
21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850
Free
*Event is organized by the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation, Inc.
For more information: http://www.rockvillemd.gov/historic/AAHwalkingtour.html

A guided walking tour of Rockville’s African American heritage sites chronicles the struggles of Rockville’s African Americans from pre-Civil War enslavement to the Civil Rights movement of the sixties.  A reception and discussion: “An Emancipation Conversation” will follow the tour.

  • 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.

  • Oakley Cabin African American Museum Tours and Demonstrations

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

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.

Emancipation Day Celebration Program
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• Reading of the Maryland Emancipation Announcement by Charles Ben Hawley, Historical Re-enactor of 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, B Company, Washington D.C.
• Performance by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices
• Special musical performances by the Sherwood High School Chamber Singers
• Musical Performances by Music on the Rise

Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Josiah Henson Park Guided Tours

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

Take a guided tour of the Josiah Henson site to learn about his life during slavery 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
Free
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.

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Jun 13 12

Take a Journey Back in Time During Montgomery Heritage Days in the Parks June 23 and 24, 2012

by Melissa Chotiner

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FOR DOCENTS AND TRAIL GUIDES

New visitor hours at historic Kingsley Schoolhouse

 

SILVER SPRING, MD—M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks encourages you to journey back in time by visiting historic sites in the parks, which are now open to the public for the 2012 season. With over a dozen heritage sites located in various parks across Montgomery County, residents can get a glimpse into the past, visit structures and lands that have been preserved from as far back as the late 18th century.

Several of Montgomery Parks historic sites capture the African American experience from the late 19th century, including Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park in Olney, the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park in Sandy Spring, and Josiah Henson Park in North Bethesda.  Special tours and activities are planned at all of these sites for the 15th annual Heritage Days celebration which takes place June 23 – 24. In addition, free guided and self-guided hikes are available regularly on weekends at Oakley Cabin and the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. Tour information is available at www.HistoryInTheParks.org.

The Interior of the Josiah Henson House in North Bethesda

 

Kingsley Schoolhouse located in the “Froggy Hollow” section of Little Bennett Regional Park is open to visitors the first Sunday of each month July – September  from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Built in 1893, the Kingsley Schoolhouse is one of few one-room school houses from this period in the county that retains its original setting and appearance. The restored school house is furnished to appear as it did when children in grades kindergarten through eighth attended school together in a single classroom.

“Our season runs from April through Emancipation Day, the first Saturday in November with guided trail hikes and guided cabin tours during the weekend,” said Montgomery Parks Museum Manager Shirl Spicer. “But, we can’t offer these opportunities to the public without the help of a good group of committed volunteers. As we begin the 2012 season we are looking to expand our corps of volunteers.”

Volunteer opportunities are currently available at Oakley Cabin and the Underground Railroad Experience Trail.

Volunteer Opportunities and Information on Upcoming Training Sessions Underground Railroad volunteer conductors lead hikes through a wooded, natural surface trail in Sandy Spring, MD and teach visitors about the Underground Railroad experience in Montgomery County and the Quaker heritage of Sandy Spring. Oakley Cabin docents share with visitors the history and culture of former African American tenants and their lives following the end of the Civil War.

Interested individuals are invited to attend the following FREE training sessions:

• For Underground Railroad Experience Trail guides, Saturdays, July 14 & July 21, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Parkside Headquarters, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring and Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring. Minimum volunteer age 16 years.

• For Oakley Cabin docents, Saturdays, July 14 & July 28, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Parkside Headquarters, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring and Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park, 3610 Brookeville Road in Olney. Minimum volunteer age is 14 years.

All volunteer opportunities require at least a six-shift commitment throughout the season. Volunteers must also complete an application and background screening. Potential volunteers are encouraged to submit applications by July 5 at www.parkvolunteers.org. Montgomery Parks provides all the materials needed for volunteer positions. Students are eligible for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours.

Volunteers in these programs gain valuable experience as skilled interpreters for diverse audiences, and learn about the rich African American heritage of Montgomery County. Historic sites volunteers enjoy behind-the-scenes group field trips to other historic sites in the region such as Button Farm Living History Center, Hampton Plantation, or Riverdale House Museum. Montgomery Parks also hosts annual recognition events in appreciation of volunteers.

Spicer added, “Those volunteers who join us season-after-season say how much they enjoy it and we certainly appreciate them—we couldn’t do it without them.”

For more information on these volunteer opportunities, upcoming training sessions, and the historic and cultural resources in Montgomery Parks, contact Shirl Spicer at 301-650-4373 or via email: Shirl.Spicer@MontgomeryParks.org.

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