Heritage Days

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.   

18th Annual Heritage Days Weekend!

Saturday, June 27 & Sunday, June 28, 2015

Despite some weather challenges (to put it mildly!), we had another great Heritage Days Weekend.  Thanks to all our partners for putting on such fascinating programs and to everyone who braved the elements on Saturday and enjoyed the dry, pleasant temperatures on Sunday, for helping to make the weekend a success!  We will post a few photos of the weekend's activiteis shortly.

The dedication of Sugarloaf Regional Trails' new Native American Heritage Trail at Monocacy Aqueduct has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 25.  Details to come!


Download the 2015 Heritage Days brochure and use it as a guide year round!


Some pictures from Heritage Days Weekend 2015

Button Farm Living History Center, International Latitude Observatory, King Barn Dairy MOOseum

Historic Silver Spring B&O RR Station, Seneca Aqueduct at C&O Canal, Beall-Dawson House



Executive Director Sarah Rogers discusses highlights of Heritage Days 2015 on Comcast Newsmakers.

Open Saturday and Sunday
Gaithersburg Community Museum            301-258-6350
9 S. Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg
History Park, an 1884 railroad complex, features a 1918 steam locomotive and caboose, train station, and museum located in the Freight House. Child-friendly, interactive local history exhibits and special activities on RR track safety. Live entertainment.
International Latitude Observatory             301-258-6350
100 DeSellum Avenue, Gaithersburg
Explore this restored 1899 observatory, one of six built around the world to determine the “wobble of the earth.” Solar observations (weather permitting), entertainment, and children’s activities.
River Road and end of Riley’s Lock Road, Poolesville 
Open at 10am 
This unique engineering marvel along the C&O Canal is both a lift-lock and an aqueduct. Interpretive tours of the Seneca Aqueduct and surrounding canal area offered by historian Dr. Karen Gray. Sunday only: Guided tours of Riley’s Lockhouse, noon-4pm.
Whites Ferry
24801 Whites Ferry Road, Poolesville
Located a short distance from Whites Ford, where Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry crossed during the Civil War, this unique cable ferry crosses the Potomac River every 20 minutes.  Free ferry rides for those on foot.
Boyds Negro School             301-943-8771
19510 White Ground Road, Boyds
This one-room structure was the sole public school for African American children in the Boyds area from 1895-1936. Watch the Boyds Negro School: Historic Lives video. Children’s activities include calligraphy, button necklace craft, marbles, and horseshoes.
Button Farm Living History Center                301-916-7090
16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown
 See examples of plantation life in 1850s Maryland including an heirloom garden, heritage breed animals, newly restored period buildings, and slave cemetery. Demonstrations, petting zoo, and Underground Railroad passport activities for visitors of all ages
Harper Cabin at Brookside Nature Center           301-962-1480 
1400 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton
This 1880s homestead features a chestnut log cabin with period furnishings.  Learn about the daily life of newly emancipated African American families, including raising chickens and grinding grain. 
Hyattstown Mill                                         301-830-1142
14920 Hyattstown Mill Road, Clarksburg
Open at 10am
See the new “Clay” art exhibit in the gallery of the historic Mill.  Clay art and pottery demonstrations, crafts for children.  Saturday only: Artists’ reception from 2-4pm and live music by “Shortbread.”  Saturday evening “blues & more” concert at 7:30pm with Anthony Sloan & Alan Gramley on guitars and Tito Cantero on harmonica.
John Poole House Museum and General Store             301-407-0777
19923 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville
This 1793 log cabin, the oldest building in Poolesville, was the town’s General Store and Trading Post. Civil War artifacts, children’s crafts, and refreshments.
King Barn Dairy MOOseum                   301-254-6575
18028 Central Park Circle, Boyds
Learn about the history and technology of dairying.  Exhibits include a Ford Model T milk delivery truck, wooden milk wagon, model railroad, and life-sized model cows. Visit the playroom, make crafts, or “milk” a model cow. Saturday only: Balloon Man will make hats for children (noon-2 pm); live farm animals. Sunday only: Talk to the family from Beneva Farm; Miss Regina’s interactive music activity (1-2pm) for children ages 1-4.
Poolesville Bank Building                       301-407-0777
19933 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville
This restored 1910 bank includes an ornate bank vault with decorative painting. See exhibits on Poolesville history and the documentary, Growing Legacy, about the Agricultural Reserve.
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard               301-605-0130
18125 Comus Road, Dickerson
The 85-acre vineyard and winery abutting the scenic Sugarloaf Mountain, a Registered National Landmark, includes a restored red barn, silo, and windmill. Fermentation and barrel rooms tours at 12:30 pm. Live music, 2-5pm. Wine tastings ($).
103 W. Montgomery Avenue, Rockville
Saturday: Celebrate the 200th birthday of Beall-Dawson House with tours, activities, and games for all ages; visit “Dr. Stonestreet,” Civil War Union Army surgeon and local doctor in the Stonestreet Museum of 19th-Century Medicine. Sunday: Tours of the House and Medical Museum. 
Boyd-Maughlin House        240-486-3974
15215 Barnesville Road, Boyds
Historic house and garden tour offered by curators in Victorian dress. Fun family activities include fishing with bamboo poles, country crafts, and Victorian games including horseshoes, croquet, hopscotch, checkers, marbles and jacks. Player piano demonstrations and live period music.  Singer-songwriter Ray Owen will perform Sunday at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30pm
Clara Barton National Historic Site         301-320-1410
5801 Oxford Road, Glen Echo
Visit the home of the founder of the American Red Cross and the Civil War’s “Angel of the Battlefield” who rode alongside the Union Army giving aid to wounded soldiers. In preparation for renovations, the historic collection and furnishings are in storage, but informative tours are available Saturday at 11am, noon, 2 & 3pm; Sunday, on the hour from 1-4pm.
Glen Echo Park                                         301-634-2222
7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo
Saturday, noon-4pm: Stop by the “video station” and record your personal story of visiting Glen Echo Park during the amusement park era (through 1968) or the beginning of the arts & cultural era in the 1970s; children’s crafts; exhibits & videos on the historic Carousel and Ballroom; carousel tour, 10:30-11:30am. Carousel rides until 6pm both days ($). Park open sunrise to sunset.
Seneca Schoolhouse Museum              301-407-0777
16800 River Road, Poolesville
Take a “step-back-in-time” in this 1800s one-room schoolhouse. Class will be in session with a period-costumed teacher. Classroom activities, games, and refreshments.
Open Saturday Only 
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 at noon, 1 & 2pm. Park at Callithea Horse Farm across from Signal Tree Lane.
Monocacy Aqueduct on the C&O Canal                                               301-972-8983
Mouth of Monocacy Road, Dickerson
The Piscataway Conoy Tribe will dedicate Sugarloaf Regional Trails’ new Native American Trail.  Tribe members in ceremonial regalia will perform traditional dances and talk about their heritage. Take a short field hike to learn about uses of native plants. Archaeologist Dr. Virginia Busby will discuss the area’s history and found artifacts. For an event program, click here.
National Capital Trolley Museum                 301-384-6088
1313 Bonifant Road, Colesville
Docent-led tours of the Street Car Hall, Streetcars Go to the Movies video, and a model of the Rock Creek Railway. “Civil War Horsecars” exhibit explores the introduction of street railways in the Nation’s Capital. Ride vintage streetcars for two miles through Northwest Branch Park ($).
Historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station             301-495-4915
8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring
"Music by John Henry"; for kids of all ages, performance times: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm. BanTrak “N” gauge modular railroad display, children’s arts and craft activity, free refreshments.
Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park                 301-650-4373
3610 Brookeville Road, Olney
Tour the restored log cabin, home to African American tenant families during the late 1800s. Traditional African and African American stories told by members of the Griots' Circle of Maryland, 1-3pm. String band folk music by "Music on the Rise, Inc." throughout the day. Park at Longwood Local Park, 19300 Georgia Ave. Shuttle provided.
18524 Brooke Road, Sandy Spring
Tour the cross-section model of a slave clipper ship, Arts Pavilion, and slave log cabin. View art and artifacts in the Great Hall. Movie screenings of Community Cornerstones: African American Communities in Montgomery County, Maryland will be shown at 1, 2, & 3pm.
Smithville School Museum and Education Center                  301-879-3700
811 E. Randolph Road, Silver Spring
Tour the 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 and its current use.
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 at 12:45pm. First-person interpretation of “Nettie Branison-Johnson,” a turn-of-the-century midwife, at 2pm, followed by a gospel concert. Diabetes and hypertension screening available. 
Underground Railroad Experience Trail                   301-650-4373
16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring (Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park)
Join “conductors” on guided hikes along a simulated Underground Railroad trail. The 2-mile natural surface trail winds through fields, woods, and across streams to the historic Sandy Spring. Learn techniques used by freedom seekers to elude pursuers. The 2-hour hikes begin at 9, 9:30, & 10am. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.
Warren Church and Historic Site            301-972-7263
22625 Whites Ferry Road, Dickerson
This unique African American site dates back to the 1860s with the church and original one-room schoolhouse still in use. View exhibits and photographs of the site, descendants, and community as well as restoration plans for the Loving Charity Hall. Site tours and refreshments.
Agricultural History Farm Park               301-650-4373
18400 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood
Tour the turn-of-the-century Magruder-Bussard farmstead.  Old-fashioned games and crafts for children. String band folk music by “Music on the Rise, Inc.” throughout the day.
9701 Main Street, Damascus                    301-253-3361
Learn about town history and how the town, streets, and buildings got their names. “Then and Now” exhibit features historical artifacts and photographs of Damascus and the surrounding area.
23245 Sprire Street, Clarksburg                301-972-3571
Learn about the historic churches of Clarksburg. Displays of newly acquired artifacts, strolling musicians, and children's activities. Vote in a photography contest and contribute to the Town's time capsule. 
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. Fun for all ages.
Olney Theatre Center                               301-924-3400
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney
From 1-6pm
Tours of this 5-acre theatrical arts campus dating back to 1939, on the hour from 1-4pm. At 5pm, “Musicals from Stage to Film and Back Again” will look at the history of musical comedy on both stage and film, featuring excerpts from Guys and DollsOn the Town, and Chicago.
Red Brick Courthouse                    301-762-0096
29 Courthouse Square, Rockville
Open at 10 am 
At 10am, leave from the Red Brick Courthouse for a 1½-hour guided bicycle tour of Rockville. (Bring your bike, helmet, and water.) Guided walking tours of the Courthouse Square Historic District at 11am & 1pm. 
Sandy Spring Museum                 301-774-0022
17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring
Open from 10am to 5pm
The Sandy Spring Folk Life Festival will be celebrated from noon to 4pm with stories, art, music, dance, and food traditions of this multicultural community. Activities for children include Japanese paper doll making, haircuts with Vince, henna paiting, and music & dance groups that include kids!
Open Sunday Only
 Germantown Bank                  301-972-2707
19330 Mateny Hill Road, Germantown
Visit this 1922 bank, with a walk-in vault and period safe deposit boxes. See the exhibit, Germantown History and enjoy songs of the ‘20s & ‘30s led by “Banjo Man” Frank Casssel. Guided walking tours of Historic Germantown, a railroad town dating to the 1880s. 
 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 landmark novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Explore an archaeology dig; make your own set of marbles. Tours on the half hour, noon-3pm. Park at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Blvd.
Brookeville Academy                301-570-4465
5 High Street, Brookeville
Guides in period attire will talk about life in the early 1800s. Exhibit of artifacts uncovered by archaeologists at the Madison House. Sit at the Academy’s desks for a penmanship lesson. Half-hour walking tours of this “U.S. Capital for a Day” highlighting Brookeville during the War of 1812 at 2 & 3pm. Refreshments.

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