Coming Home to Montgomery County: Civil War 1865
Saturday, May 16, noon to 4pm
Riley's Lock along the C&O Canal
13025 Riley's Lock Road, Poolesville (milepost 22.8 along the C&O Canal)

Curious about life in Montgomery County as soldiers returned from the Civil War?  How did they survive a 500-mile walk home? What did soldiers come home to? How did life change for African Americans after the War?  Join Heritage Montgomery for this FREE event featuring a Civil War encampment, music, children’s activities, guided nature and history hikes, the C&O Canal mules, Civil War spy balloon demonstrations, Canal Classrooms, a farmers market, craft demonstrations, food, and more!  For more information click here or call Heritage Montgomery at 301-515-0753.

posted 3/17/15


Dear Friends:


We hope that over the past years, you have discovered that Montgomery County is home to many remarkable communities with long, rich histories.  Heritage Montgomery is particularly honored to share the stories of these communities.  But to continue to do so, we need your help.


We are always looking for new and interesting ways to share and highlight our local history.  We have added a “Travelogue” page to our website, featuring short video clips of local historic places and we are expanding our smartphone app to make it easier to tour the county and take in the wide variety of heritage site we have to offer.  Your contributions help to do all of this, and more!


I know that at this time of year you are besieged by fundraising requests.  But what better way to make a difference than to contribute to the story of Montgomery County’s history?


Heritage Montgomery is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  Every donation has a huge impact on a small organization like ours.  Share our pride in Montgomery County’s history and lend your support to Heritage Montgomery today!


To make a donation via the Heritage Montgomery website, click here, or on the red "Support Heritage Montgomery" button at the bottom of each page of the website.  If you would like to receive a donation form/envelope to mail back to us, please email with your mailing address and we will be happy to send you one.


Thank you so much for your support of Heritage Montgomery.



Sarah Rogers, Executive Director



Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 Take a trip back in time to discover the War of 1812 on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail - a path tracing troop movements through historic places, inspiring landscapes, charming waterfront towns, and waterways of the Chesapeake Bay region. There are hundreds of sites throughout Maryland from the ramparts of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine to the site of the Battle of Bladensburg.
Combine your history quest with outdoor fun for the whole family. Take time to picnic, explore trails, or cast a fishing line. Stop at a farmers market, or browse for antiques. Or try geocaching on the Geotrail. Download the brochure for information.


Watch “Community Cornerstones” on County Cable Montgomery!

Heritage Montgomery’s documentary film, “Community Cornerstones: African American Communities in Montgomery County, Maryland” will be shown the first week of November on County Cable Montgomery (CCM): Comcast/RCN Channel 6 and Verizon Channel 30.

Between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, 40 African American churches were constructed in Montgomery County.  In these cornerstones of their communities, generations of African American families created their own spiritual, social, and educational opportunities. 

“Community Cornerstones,” an hour-long documentary, presents reminiscences by elders from five historic African American churches.  Taken together, their words explain how these communities developed, illustrate life in segregated times, and convey their pride in the accomplishments of their ancestors.  Because music is such an integral part of the African American experience, choirs associated with each featured church perform on the soundtrack.

Viewing Schedule:

Wednesday, November 5 at 10pm

Thursday, November 6 at 9:30am

Friday, November 7 at 9pm

Saturday, November 8 at 9:30am and 9pm 

To purchase a copy of “Community Cornerstones” and an accompanying musical CD, “Songs of Praise: The Choirs of Community Cornerstones,” visit the Gift Shop page under the About Us tab above.

posted 11/3/14

Rockville Joins the Montgomery County Heritage Area!

Heritage Montgomery (HM) is pleased to announce that Rockville, with one of the most significant histories in the county, is finally a part of the Montgomery County Heritage Area!

Through the leadership of Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio and the City Council and the hard work of the City’s Historic Preservation Office staff, this long-awaited partnership is finally realized.  Heritage Montgomery looks forward to a long and rewarding collaboration.

The inclusion of portions of the City of Rockville in the heritage area was adopted unanimously at the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) spring meeting, held at Glenview Mansion in Rockville’s Civic Center Park.

Rockville greatly strengthens the Heritage Montgomery story with its rich history and varied historic sites. At the same time, eligible Rockville entities will now have the ability to apply to MHAA capital and program grant programs.  Additionally, Rockville heritage sites will be featured in HM marketing campaigns.

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority was created through state legislation in 1996 to promote heritage sites and areas of natural beauty in order to stimulate economic development through tourism.   The Montgomery County Heritage Area (Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County/Heritage Montgomery) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2003 to promote designated heritage areas within the county.

posted 5/15/13