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Heritage Days

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Each year, Heritage Montgomery hosts the annual Heritage Days Celebration on the last weekend in June. Sponsored by Heritage Montgomery since 2004, this unique, countywide festival offers visitors the opportunity to discover venues from Silver Spring to Poolesville, Bethesda to Clarksburg – and everywhere in between. Learn about the history of dairy farming, railroads and trolleys, African-American communities, astronomy, local arts & culture, and outdoor recreation including hikes and walking tours. Many venues offer musical entertainment, activities and crafts for children and refreshments.  

HERITAGE DAYS WEEKEND - Saturday, June 28 & Sunday, June 29
noon to 4pm, unless otherwise indicated

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Cancelation:  Warren Church and Historic Site will not be open for Heritage Days; event will be rescheduled.
New Additions:
Boyd-Maughlin House        240-486-3974
Saturday and Sunday
15215 Barnesville Road, Boyds
The historic house and garden will be open for traditional Victorian family entertainment including making homemade ice cream, 1926 player piano, and creating tussie-mussies or herbal sachets. Enjoy period games including fishing, soft-ball, hopscotch, and horseshoes. Learn to take care of baby chicks, and enjoy the collage exhibit of Roxana Rojas. 
Pleasant View Historical Site         301-926-1798
Saturday only
11810 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg
Visit the historic site that includes the Pleasant View Methodist Church, the Quince Orchard Colored School, and a cemetery dating back to the 1800s. Join community members, friends and family, and descendants of those that helped create, preserve, and maintain this site. Enjoy an afternoon of food, fellowship, music, information and fun.
Woodlawn Manor Living History Museum            301-570-5722
Sunday only
16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring
Take a guided tour of the historic ca. 1800s house offered by docents in period costume. View the Afternoon Tea Table exhibit and sample some tea. Tour the gazebo gardens, slave log cabin, general store, and smokehouse. See historic trees on the grounds and join Joe Howard to learn about the Heritage Champion Trees.  
 
 
HERITAGE DAYS SITE LISTINGS
OPEN SATURDAY & SUNDAY
 
1.  Whites Ferry     
24801 Whites Ferry Road, Poolesville
A unique cable ferry crossing the Potomac every 20 minutes, a short distance downriver from Whites Ford where J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry crossed in the Civil War. Free rides on the ferry for foot traffic.
2.  John Poole House Museum and General Store             301-407-0777

19923 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville

This 1793 log cabin was the General Store and Trading Post and is the oldest building in Poolesville. See Civil War artifacts and craft demonstrations. Children’s crafts and refreshments.
19933 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville
The Poolesville Museum is a restored 1907 bank and includes an ornate bank vault with decorative painting. Watch Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil War and Growing Legacy, a short documentary about the Agricultural Reserve produced by Montgomery Countryside Alliance. 301-461-9831. On Sunday only, join a special presentation at 1:30pm by author Steve Vogel entitled A Tale of Two Invasions. He will speak about Montgomery County's role during the War of 1812 and Confederate General Jubal Early's raid 150 years ago. The author will be available for book signing at 1pm.
4.  Seneca Schoolhouse Museum             301-407-0777
16800 River Road, Poolesville Take a “step-back-in-time” at this 19th-century one-room schoolhouse. An 1880s school will be in session with a period-costumed teacher. Enjoy classroom activities, games and refreshments.
River Road and end of Riley’s Lock Road, Poolesville - Google Coordinates: 39.069108, -77.341326
Open at 10am
Interpretive tours of the Seneca Aqueduct and surrounding canal area by renowned historian, Dr. Karen Gray. 
6.  Hyattstown Mill Arts Project                301-830-1142

14920 Hyattstown Mill Road, Clarksburg

Open at 10am
Older than you, older than me, rocks have been around a long time. Enjoy stone carving demonstrations, stone crafts for children, and an exhibition on the theme of ‘stone’ in our Mill Gallery. Artists’ reception from 2-4pm on Saturday. Live music by Short Bread by day, and our Song Circle on Saturday evening starting at 7:30pm.
7.  Boyds Negro School             301-943-8771
19510 White Ground Road, Boyds
This one-room structure served as the sole public school for African American children in the Boyds area from 1895-1936. Watch the Boyds Negro School: Historic Lives video. Special children’s activities include calligraphy writing, making button necklaces, and playing with marbles and horseshoes.
8. International Latitude Observatory             301-258-6350
100 DeSellum Avenue, Gaithersburg
Explore the restored observatory built in 1899 by Rockville astronomer Edwin Smith who played an important role in scientists’ efforts to determine the “wobble of the earth.” The building, including the roof, will be opened and interpereters will share the history of this unique site. Solar observations (weather permitting) and crafts.
9.  Gaithersburg Community Museum            301-258-6350
Saturday – open at 10am
9 S. Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg
Visit the restored 1884 B&O railroad station complex including a 1918 steam locomotive and caboose, train station and museum located in the original Freight House. Child-friendly interactive exhibits explore a one-room school, bank, and general store. Crafts.
10.  Latvian Museum                  301-762-1645
400 Hurley Avenue, Rockville
Guided tours of exhibits on Latvian history and folk art. Learn how to play music on the “kokle.” Craft a metal pendant using ancient designs, dye Easter eggs with natural materials and participate in other hands-on activities. Latvian handicrafts, music and books for sale.
11.  Clara Barton National Historic Site         301-320-1410
5801 Oxford Road, Glen Echo
Open at 10am
Visit the home of the founder of the American Red Cross and the Civil War’s “Angel of the Battlefield” when she rode alongside the Union Army giving aid to wounded soldiers. This Victorian-style historic house was Clara Barton’s home during the last 15 years of her life. Guided house tours on the hour.
12.  Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture              301-634-2222
7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo
Heritage Days programs Saturday only, 10:30am-4pm. Activities highlight the park’s historic Dentzel carousel and include make-a-carousel crafts, presentations, and video in the Spanish Ballroom. Glen Echo Park history display in Ballroom Lobby. Carousel tours (10:30-11:30am); Carousel rides from noon to 6pm ($). Park is open sunrise to sunset both days.
13.  Harper Cabin at Brookside Nature Center           301-962-1480 
Saturday – 10am-5pm and Sunday – 1-5pm
1400 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton
Visit this mid-19th century log cabin with period furnishings. Learn how many newly emancipated African American families lived in the late 1800s including raising chickens and grinding grains. 
14.  Sandy Spring Museum                 301-774-0022
17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring
Open at 10am on Saturday; until 5pm both days
On Saturday only: Local Traditions Folklife Festival celebrates the diversity of Sandy Spring. Enjoy music and dance, multicultural foodways, and storyteller. Record your own local story. See classical Cambodian dance and traditional Korean drumming, Purchase traditional and fusion food from Bangladeshi and Vietnamese chefs. Take a dance workshop, visit with local islamic calligrapher, watch a chef demo on vegan soul food, and eat some Sandy Spring tarts. You can also get your haircut at the pop-up barber shop and reminisce with the locals while listening to live blues. Both days: Exhibits on the history of the Sandy Spring neighborhood including the final results of the museum’s reality TV show-based Extreme Exhibit Makeover.
15.  Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard               301-605-0130
18125 Comus Road, Dickerson
Visit Montgomery County’s only vineyard/winery. The 85-acre farm includes a restored red barn, silo and windmill and abuts the scenic Sugarloaf Mountain, a Registered National Landmark. Fermentation and barrel rooms tours both days at 12:30pm. Wine tastings ($).

OPEN SATURDAY ONLY
 
16.  Edwards Ferry & Lockhouse 25                   301-972-3452
River Road and Edwards Ferry Road, Poolesville
Costumed interpreter “Mrs. Edwards” shares her experience as a lockkeeper’s wife in the 1860s. Musician Clarke Buehling will perform Civil War-era music. Learn about ongoing research on the Indian Trail in the area. Look for directional signs along Whites Ferry Road. 
DETOUR: White Ferry Road, from Poolesville to Whites Ferry will be closed during Heritage Days weekend. Alternate route suggestions are to either travel on Dickerson Road past the high school and turn right on Westerly Road to the stop sign and then turn left on Edwards Ferry Road, or from Dickerson take Route 28 east towards Rockville, turn right at the flashing light on Martinsburg Road, left hand fork on Waesche Road and continue till it becomes Edwards Ferry Road. Follow signs along the road directing you to the site. 
 17. Kingsley Schoolhouse                  301-650-4373
Little Bennett Regional Park, Clarksburg
Tour this 1893 one-room schoolhouse. Old-fashioned games and crafts for the whole family. Enjoy special musical performance by bluegrass band, the Alderson Family throughout the day. 
Park at the Kingsley (24758 Clarksburg Rd.) or Froggy Hollow Trailhead (24472 Clarksburg Rd.) Parking Areas and walk ½-to-¾ miles to the schoolhouse. Shuttle service every 30 min., noon to 4pm.
18. Clarksburg History Day                      301-916-3899
13530 Red Grave Place, Clarksburg
Learn about Clarksburg history at the old Clarksburg schoolhouse. Teacher in period clothing, children’s crafts, live music. Historic photo contest exhibit. Food for sale by the 4-H Club.
19.  Damascus Heritage Museum               301-538-0465
9701 Main Street, Damascus
Open until 5pm
Civil War re-enactors demonstrate life 150 years ago. A Confederate soldier will share his experiences and answer questions. Museum exhibit on Damascus Sports.
20.  Button Farm Living History Center                301-916-7090
16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown
See the heirloom garden, heritage breed animals, newly restored 19th-century buildings and slave cemetery at this farm depicting 1850s plantation life in Maryland. Historical demonstrations, petting zoo and Underground Railroad passport activities for visitors of all ages.
21.  King Barn Dairy MOOseum                   301-254-6575
18028 Central Park Circle, Boyds
A new model milk train exhibit depicts how milk was transported from farm to city. Milk the model cow and see the hundred-year old restored milk wagon; exhibits and demonstrations. Balloon Man will entertain children from noon-2pm. Crafts and children’s activities.
22.  Historic St. Paul Community Church              301-717-9304
14730 Sugarland Lane, Poolesville
Tour the 1893 church and cemetery; exhibits, artifacts and historical documents. Presentation on Sugarland’s founding families, 12:45pm. First-person interpretation of “Nettie Branison-Johnson,” a turn-of-the-century midwife, 1:30pm. Concert by Ladies Ensemble Gospel Singers. 
23.  Blockhouse Point Civil War Experience             301-650-4373
15000 River Road, Potomac
See the remains of an 1862 Civil War outpost camp and blockhouse used to guard the Potomac River crossing from Confederate attack. Two-mile guided hikes on an easy to moderate natural surface trail begin at noon, 1 and 2pm. Park at the Callithea Horse Farm across from Signal Tree Lane.
24.  Beall-Dawson House and Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine          301-762-1492
Montgomery County Historical Society has planned two days of special activities for the weekend.
On Saturday: At the Beall-Dawson House & Park (103 W. Montgomery Avenue, Rockville) - Civil War camp life, crafts, period music and children’s games. “Dr. Stonestreet,” local doctor and Civil War Union Army surgeon, will demonstrate period medical procedures. 
On Sunday: At Bohrer Park/Summit Hall Farm (506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg) - Confederate Gen. Jubal Early’s 1864 encampment on Union-sympathizer John DeSellum’s farm with demonstrations of camp life and medical techniques; period music. (Check Sunday listing.)
 25.  Historic Red Brick Courthouse               301-762-0096
29 Courthouse Square, Rockville
Open at 10:30am
Historian and author Benjamin F. Cooling will describe Gen. Jubal Early’s days in Montgomery Co. during the Confederacy’s July 1864 invasion, 11am. A one-hour walking tour of Civil War and Underground Railroad sites, 12:30pm. Historic Courthouse tours, noon to 4pm.
26.  Agricultural History Farm Park               301-650-4373
18400 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood
Tour the historic Magruder-Bussard farmstead with old-fashioned games and crafts for children. Enjoy special music performance by Karen Collins and the Back Roads Band, a local country music band from 1-3pm.
27. Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park                 301-650-4373
3610 Brookeville Road, Olney
Journey back in time to the 1890s and enjoy special programs, guided cabin tours, hands-on activities and old-fashioned games for children. Tour the restored 19th-century log cabin, home to African American tenant families during the late 1800s. Children will delight in hearing traditional African and African American stories told by master storytellers, members of the Griots' Circle of Maryland from 1:00 - 2:30pm. Enjoy live music by blues artists, Franklin and Solomon from 1:00 - 2:30pm. Learn about 19th century African American women through the presentations by FREED, Female RE-Enactors of Distinction, of the African American Civil War Museum. Enjoy a special musical performance by Washington Revels Jubilee Voices at 3:00 pm. Park at Longwood Local Park, 19300 Georgia Ave. Shuttle service provided.
28.  Olney Theatre Center                     301-924-3400
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney
Tour this 5-acre theatrical arts campus dating back to 1939 at 1, 2, and 3pm. Special “Community Day” performances and workshops for all ages. Refreshments.
29.  Sandy Spring Slave Museum
18524 Brooke Road, Sandy Spring
Tour the Museum's restored cross-section of a slave clipper ship, the Arts Pavilion and slave log cabin and view art and artifacts in the Great Hall. At 1:00 pm, Master Storyteller Baba Jamal Koram brings storytelling alive with history, humor, and music to share lore of African and African American cultures. Watch Community Cornerstones: African American Communities in Montgomery County video starting at noon, 2pm and 3pm. Food available for sale. For inquiries, email SlaveMuseum@yahoo.com
30. Underground Railroad Experience Trail                   301-650-4373
16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring (Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park)
Join “conductors,” or guides, on a 2-hour hike along a simulated Underground Railroad trail. The 2-mile natural surface trail winds through the landscape to the historic Sandy Spring. Learn techniques freedom seekers used to elude pursuers. Listen to true, fascinating and heartbreaking stories along the way. Hikes begin at 9, 9:30 and 10am. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.
31.  National Capital Trolley Museum                 301-384-6088
1313 Bonifant Road, Colesville
Open until 5pm
Docent-led tours of the Street Car Hall. See the Street Cars Go to the Movies video, a model of the Rock Creek Railway and interactive exhibits, “The Trolley by Golly” and “Promoting Transit.” Ride vintage streetcars through Northwest Branch Park ($).
32.  Historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station             301-495-4915
8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring
Open at 10am
A festival of model trains of all gauges and designs, plus Thomas the Tank Engine and the Riverdale HO Model Railroad. Susan McNelis will lead children in song and dance from 10:30-11:30am. Storyteller, rail video, and arts and crafts. Troubadour Rick Kanton will perform train songs from 1-3pm. Refreshments.
33.  Smithville School Museum and Education Center                  301-879-3700
811 E. Randolph Road, Silver Spring
Tour this restored historic Rosenwald school, built in the 1920s for African American children. Activities include a film about the building and presentations on the history of the school.
 
OPEN SUNDAY ONLY
 
34.  Warren Church and Historic Site            301-972-7263
22625 Whites Ferry Road, Dickerson
Open until 5pm  CANCELLED, to be rescheduled
This unique African American site dates back to the 1860s. View exhibits and photographs as well as restoration plans for the Loving Charity Hall. Site tours until 1:30pm. Rev. Joseph Trammel will discuss the history of the community at 3pm followed by a gospel concert.
35.  Historic Germantown Bank                  301-972-2707
19320 Mateny Hill Road, Germantown
Exhibits on “Germantown in the Civil War,” “Germantown Lost and Preserved” and “Historic Maps.” Guided walking tours highlight a 1930s railroad village. Banjo Man, Frank Casssel, will performrailroad songs and music of the Depression Era.
36.  DC Radio Control Club                  301-717-1980
16200 Schaeffer Road, Boyds
Come to the Walt Good Flying Field in South Germantown Park and see model aircraft of all types flying overhead throughout the day. Souvenirs for children.
37.  Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm               301-762-1492
506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg
See Confederate Gen. Jubal Early’s 1864 encampment on Union-sympathizer John DeSellum’s farm re-enacted with demonstrations of camp life and medical techniques; period music. Presented by the Montgomery County Historical Society.
38.  Glenview Mansion                 240-314-8660
603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville
Tour this grand 1926 home with formal gardens. Art Gallery opening reception for the Korean “Han Mee Artists” exhibit. Afternoon Concert Series featuring guitarist Michael DeLalla, 2-3pm.
39.  Josiah Henson Park            301-650-4373
11420 Old Georgetown Road, N. Bethesda
Tour the historic Riley farm where Rev. Josiah Henson was enslaved from 1795 to 1830. Henson’s 1849 autobiography inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Explore an archaeology dig; make a set of marbles. Tours every half hour, noon to 3pm. Park at the Shriver Aquatic Center at 5900 Executive Boulevard.
40. Town of Brookeville                301-570-4465
5 High Street, Brookeville
The Brookeville Academy will feature an exhibit of artifacts uncovered by archaeologists at the Madison House. Guides in period dress will give walking tours of this “U.S. Capital for a Day” highlighting Brookeville during the War of 1812.
  

Some pictures of Heritage Days Weekend 2013 including The Civil War Comes to Rockville

    J.E.B. Stuart in Rockville     Children's activity at Beall-Dawson House     Civil War reenactors