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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 2014 WEEKEND was a success! Mark your calendar for Heritage Days 2015; June 27 and 28.
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Tentative list of HERITAGE DAYS 2015 sites:
Open Saturday and Sunday
Boyds Negro School 301-943-8771
19510 White Ground Road, Boyds
Call for hours. This one-room structure served as the sole public school for African American children in the Boyds area from 1895-1936.
Button Farm Living History Center 301-916-7090
16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown
Check website. Heirloom garden, heritage breed animals, newly restored 19th-century buildings and slave cemetery at this farm depicting 1850s plantation life in Maryland.
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” 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.
Gaithersburg Community Museum 301-258-6350
9 S. Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg
1884 B&O railroad station complex includes 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.
Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture 301-634-2222
7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo
Park open daylight hours: Carousel rides from noon to 6pm
Harper Cabin at Brookside Nature Center 301-962-1480
1400 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton
Check website: Mid-19th century log cabin with period furnishings where newly emancipated African American families lived in the late 1800s.
Historic Boyd-Maughlin House 240-486-3974
15215 Barnesville Road, Boyds
The historic house and garden can be seen by appointment.
Historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station 301-495-4915
8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring
A festival of model trains of all gauges and designs, plus Thomas the Tank Engine and the Riverdale HO Model Railroad. Refreshments.
Hyattstown Mill Arts Project 301-830-1142
14920 Hyattstown Mill Road, Clarksburg
International Latitude Observatory 301-258-6350
100 DeSellum Avenue, Gaithersburg
Built in 1899 by Rockville astronomer Edwin Smith to help scientist determine the "wobble of the Earth".
John Poole House Museum and General Store 301-407-0777
19923 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville
The 1793 log cabin was the General Store and Trading Post and is the oldest building in Poolesville.
King Barn Dairy MOOseum 301-254-6575
18028 Central Park Circle, Boyds
Check website for hours: 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.
Poolesville Museum 301-407-0777
19933 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville
A restored 1907 bank with an ornately painted bank vault.
Seneca Schoolhouse Museum 301-407-0777
16800 River Road, Poolesville
A19th-century one-room schoolhouse.
River Road and end of Riley’s Lock Road, Poolesville
Lockhouse open on some Saturdays. Take a picnic and have a fun day on the Canal.
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.
Agricultural History Farm Park 301-650-4373
18400 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood
Check website: Montgomery County Historical Society and Dr. Stonestreet Museum
Blockhouse Point Civil War Experience 301-650-4373
15000 River Road, Potomac
See remains of an 1862 Civil War outpost camp and blockhouse used to guard the Potomac River crossing from Confederate attack.
Clarksburg History Day 301-916-3899
13530 Red Grave Place, Clarksburg
Old Clarksburg schoolhouse open for Heritage Days only.
DC Radio Control Club 301-717-1980
16200 Schaeffer Road, Boyds
Check schedule to see model aircraft of all types flying overhead throughout the day at the Walt Good Flying Field in South Germantown Park. .
Historic Red Brick Courthouse 301-762-0096
29 Courthouse Square, Rockville
Home of Peerless Rockville
Historic St. Paul Community Church 301-717-9304
14730 Sugarland Lane, Poolesville
By Appointment: Tour the 1893 church and cemetery; exhibits, artifacts and historical documents.
National Capital Trolley Museum 301-384-6088
1313 Bonifant Road, Colesville
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 ($).
Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park 301-650-4373
3610 Brookeville Road, Olney
Restored 19th century log cabin was home to African American tenant families during the late 1800s.
Olney Theatre Center 301-924-3400
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney
A 5-acre theatrical arts campus dating back to 1939.
Sandy Spring Museum 301-774-0022
17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring
Check website for on-going programs.
18524 Brooke Road, Sandy Spring
Restored cross-section of a slave clipper ship, Arts Pavilion and slave log cabin plus art and artifacts in the Great Hall.
Smithville School Museum and Education Center 301-879-3700
811 E. Randolph Road, Silver Spring
A restored historic Rosenwald school, built in the 1920s for African American children.
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard 301-605-0130
18125 Comus Road, Dickerson
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.
Underground Railroad Experience Trail 301-650-4373
16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring (Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park)
From Spring to Fall, 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. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.
Josiah Henson Park 301-650-4373
11420 Old Georgetown Road, N. Bethesda
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.
Historic Germantown Bank 301-972-2707
19320 Mateny Hill Road, Germantown
Home of Germantown Historical Society
Town of Brookeville 301-570-4465
5 High Street, Brookeville
The Brookeville Academy in the historic town offers walking tours on the website.
Warren Church and Historic Site 301-972-7263
22625 Whites Ferry Road, Dickerson
This unique African American site dates back to the 1860s.
Some pictures of Heritage Days Weekend 2014