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With a history stretching beyond Colonial times, Montgomery County has a long heritage evidenced by rich cultural and historical resources. As the area’s population has exploded in recent decades, there has been a growing awareness of the importance of heritage programs and a higher profile for the history and heritage resources of the county. The Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County (Heritage Montgomery) is an initiative created by county leaders and state officials to raise the profile of the area’s heritage, ensuring that residents and visitors alike understand and value the county’s full past. We want to encourage visitors to become local tourists, entice visitors to explore the county, stay longer & return more often.

Montgomery Parks
06/04/2020

Montgomery Parks

An old window frame can bring new life to your garden.

Discover ways to tranform tossed-aside stuff into unique focal decor during Brookside Gardens' virtual talk "The Recycled Garden" with columnist and author Marianne Wilburn on Saturday, June 20, at 10 am.

Register now: http://ow.ly/iO4t50zXLOS.

Montgomery Parks
06/04/2020

Montgomery Parks

Our car-free streets open Friday at 9 am and remain open through Sunday at 6 pm.

Walk, bike, or run with safe distancing on sections of Beach Drive, Sligo Creek Parkway, or Little Falls Parkway.

Find out more: ow.ly/2n5n50zSzJr.

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
06/03/2020

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

On June 2,1863, Harriet Tubman lead 150 Black Union Soldiers in the Combahee River Raid. This was the only military engagement commanded by a woman in the Civil War. Among her numerous achievements, after escaping to freedom in 1849,she became the most noted conductor on the Underground Railroad. She developed networks of both Black and White abolitionists who assisted her in leading hundreds of slaves to freedom.

In Sandy Spring, it is believed that Quakers and freed Blacks also assisted freedom seekers on their journey north. The Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park offers hikers an opportunity to get a sense of what passengers on the Underground Railroad might have experienced escaping to freedom.

NOTE: The Underground Railroad Experience Trail is open during COVID-19, but guided hikes are not available at this time. And, just a reminder to enjoy the trail while keeping a safe distance of six feet from others.

Portrait of Harriet Tubman
Photo courtesy- Library of Congress
Photographer - Benjamin F. Powelson-1868 or 1869

Montgomery Parks
05/21/2020

Montgomery Parks

We are extending our open streets for the holiday weekend.

Sections of Beach Drive and Little Falls and Sligo Creek Parkways will open to pedestrians and cyclists Friday, 9 am, and close Tuesday, 8 am.

Get outdoors and exercise with your family! Learn more: http://ow.ly/e09v30qHQiG.

C&O Canal Trust
05/20/2020

C&O Canal Trust

Your daily #candocanaltrust #momentofzen

📷: South Portal of the Paw Paw Tunnel by John Graunke

Check back every day for a beautiful picture or video of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, and add your own in the comments!

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
05/20/2020

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

What does Maryland's "Safer at Home Public Health Advisory" mean for the C&O Canal NHP?

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. Our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance. Decisions on a phased resumption of operations are being made and will be regularly monitored.

Open:
✅ Towpath
✅ Hiking trails
✅ Boat ramps

Closed:
🛑 Some parking areas including at Great Falls, Anglers, Carderock, and Fletchers Cove
🛑 Visitor centers, restrooms, and water sources
🛑 All campgrounds, including hiker-biker sites, are still closed until further notice

Remember:
🔸 Park only in designated areas
🔸 Pack out everything you bring in
🔸 Maintain 6 ft (2 m) social distance from others
🔸 Limit gatherings to 10 or less people
🔸 Stay on marked trails
🔸 Park rangers remain on duty and normal regulations still apply

"We know that in general, outside activity is safer than inside activity, and that at all times and everywhere, Marylanders should continue practicing physical distancing and trying to stay six feet apart and to continue avoiding close gatherings of 10 people or more," Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

Please check our current conditions page for the latest information: go.nps.gov/choh_conditions

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
05/20/2020

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

Woodlawn Manor still speaks of its history in the telltale shadow markings left behind on the bricks. These faint white ghost marks seen above the first story of the home show the outline of the splendid Victorian Era porches that were added by Dr. Palmer in the nineteenth century after purchasing the property from Samuel Thomas. Dr. William Palmer, a physician and successful farmer, also added a two-story brick wing on the right side of the dwelling between 1832 and 1848.

Photo: Palmer Family at Home 1880
Photo: Current House with Ghost Marks

Montgomery Parks
05/19/2020

Montgomery Parks

We are announcing the recipient of Brookside Gardens, Montgomery Parks' Art in the Garden People's Choice Award today.

Thank you to all artists, staff, sponsors, and followers for making the online student exhibition such a success!

Congratulations! Visit our website to learn about the winner: http://ow.ly/u6oC30qHq75.

National Capital Trolley Museum
05/19/2020

National Capital Trolley Museum

**UPDATE 5/15/20**
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

In accordance with Montgomery County Executive Order 067–20, approved on 5/15/20, the National Capital Trolley Museum will remain CLOSED until further notice. Please monitor our page and website for future updates regarding our status.

We continue to post content on our TrolleyTime Blog twice per week. We invite you to join us there in the interim – trolleytime.blogspot.com. Thanks for your patience.

Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture
05/19/2020

Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture

We are excited to announce our first juried online art exhibition! Our theme, Moving Forward, aims to capture and highlight the many voices of the future, and to inspire hope and transformative change in response to the public health crisis due to COVID19.

We open up this Artist Call nationally, to broaden our art network to include artists across the country, and to extend the Glen Echo Park Partnership community beyond the Washington, DC metro area. The exhibition gives our audiences a chance to experience, engage with, share, and support a wide range of artists. This call is open to artists 16 years of age or older, working in all traditional and non-traditional 2D and 3D media, including sculpture.

Find out more >> glenechopark.org/movingforwardonlinecall

Montgomery History
05/19/2020

Montgomery History

Join us this week for two unique History Conversations! Today, May 19 at 3 pm, historian Tony Cohen will be presenting “Button Farm Almanac.” Hear the story of the Button Farm Living History Center and its mission to interpret plantation life in Maryland and discover the heritage breed animals, heirloom crops and period reenactors that come together to create this one of a kind living history experience. Then on Thursday, May 21 at 3 pm, Claudia Kousoulas will present “Bread & Beauty: Making Value Visible, Foodways in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve” to tell the history of the Reserve and its historical foodways, from the foods (and drink) of the C&O Canal boatmen to the diversity captured in Elizabeth Ellicott Lea’s 1850 Domestic Cookery. Zoom links are up at montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch.


#localhistory #livinghistory #undergroundrailroad #foodhistory #mocoagreserve #montgomerycountymd @mocoalliance @themocoshow @historicagreserve

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
05/19/2020

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Do you have Canal Pride? The C&O Canal has been representing the importance of community since its dawning days. Every town, village, and metropolis along its route is distinct, proud, and integral to the canal's greater function. The C&O Canal has shaped the lives of many - so tell us, which location is most significant to you?

In an effort to give back to the place that gives us all so much, the spring season is often spent engaging park volunteers in Canal Pride Days activities. While Canal Pride 2020 has been postponed thus far, these photos depicting several of last year's projects give us inspiration. Consider some small but powerful ways you can protect the park's resources, too!

💚 Walk or ride through a puddle! Traveling through puddles, rather than around them, reduces their erosive impact.
💚 Stay on marked trails to protect plants, animals, and habitats.
💚 Snag a Trash-Free-Park bag (provided in most parking areas) to facilitate packing out your trash. Bonus points if you pack out any trash that wasn't yours 🙂
💚 Connect with park stories, and share those that you think are significant with others.
💚 Take nothing home from your journeys but photos and lifelong memories, in respect of those before and after you who love this resource too.

Maryland History Day
05/18/2020

Maryland History Day

Congratulations to the advancers and all the special prize winners of Maryland History Day 2020! View the results at www.marylandhistoryday.org.

National Capital Trolley Museum
05/18/2020

National Capital Trolley Museum

The Trolley Museum is pleased to present a special film presentation, FAREWELL BONIFANT JUNCTION, on Tuesday, May 19 at 12:15pm. This film is a collection of older video that was produced prior to the closure of the original museum facilities.
For those of you on Facebook, simply go to our page, http://fb.com/dctrolley, and find the video announcement.
For those of you not on Facebook, this program will be streamed live on YouTube as well - go to http://bit.ly/2AzVVyt to watch.
We will be presenting several more special video programs during this time that the museum is closed. We invite you to join us for all of them!

Historic Ag Reserve Properties
05/18/2020

Historic Ag Reserve Properties

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful day! Check out this picture I received this morning from the owners of the Solomon Simpson Plantation. Built in the early 1780s by Solomon, it’s very likely the oldest structure still in use in this part of the Ag Reserve (one of the prettiest too)!

Montgomery Parks
05/14/2020

Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks’ announces cancellation of all June programming, events, and rentals.

And, all indoor facilities and most outdoor amenities will remain closed through June 30.

For more on this update: http://ow.ly/hrB530qFJXf.

Brookside Gardens, Montgomery Parks
05/14/2020

Brookside Gardens, Montgomery Parks

Seventy-nine student artists are competing in Art in the Garden. We moved the in-person exhibition online after our facility closed because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Our judges reviewed all entries from seven local high schools and have selected finalists in the four categories. Congratulations to our winners!:

*Two-Dimensional: G. C., "Instincts." Winston Churchill High School.
*Three-Dimensional: K. K., "Sea Flora." Winston Churchill High School.
*Digital: A.S., "Tranquil." James Hubert Blake High School.
*Photography: W.A., "The Working Man." Winston Churchill High School.

Now, you can help choose the winner of the Art in the Garden People’s Choice Award by visiting the online exhibit and liking your favorite artwork. The piece with the most likes wins! Visit and vote now: https://www.facebook.com/pg/brooksidegardens/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3814288838612576.

We are proud to have partnered with the C&O Canal Trust for this important preservation project!
05/14/2020

We are proud to have partnered with the C&O Canal Trust for this important preservation project!

May is National Preservation Month, and to celebrate we wanted to focus on our most recently preserved Swains Lockhouse.

Swains Lockhouse, located at a popular entrance point to the C&O Canal National Historical Park at Lock 21 in Potomac, joined the C&O Canal Trust’s award-winning Canal Quarters program in July 2019 as the seventh lockhouse available to guests for overnight stays.

“The Swains project was truly a testament to the power of partnership,” said Trust President Robin Zanotti. “Without each partner’s contributions, Lockhouse 21 would still be a shuttered shell. The iconic story of the Swain family and its long history with the canal would remain untold. Instead, this iconic piece of American and Maryland history has been saved.”

In January of 2020, Swains Lockhouse was awarded the Maryland Historical Trust’s Award for Project Excellence in Preservation Partnerships. To see pictures of the rehabilitation and preservation of this incredible piece of our canal history, visit https://zcu.io/hrqh

📸: Swains Lockhouse -LH21 by Goodluckstef LLC, July 2019

#ThisPlaceMatters #preservationmonth #VisitMoCo

Montgomery Parks
05/14/2020

Montgomery Parks

Good news! Our open streets will continue throughout the COVID-19 crisis!

So, spread out, exercise, and keep six feet between you and others at all times.

Sections of Beach Drive and Little Falls and Sligo Creek Parkways open Friday at 9 am and stay open for walking, biking, and running until Sunday at 6 pm.

For more: ow.ly/hrB530qFJXf.

C&O Canal Trust
05/13/2020

C&O Canal Trust

Your daily #candocanaltrust #momentofzen

📷: Wildflower Trail - After Great Falls by Debra Kanter Klaus

Check back every day for a beautiful picture of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, and add your own in the comments!

Montgomery History
05/12/2020

Montgomery History

This week’s History Conversations are all about housing! Both new(ish) and old, join us for two new talks this week to learn about the spaces MoCo residents have inhabited over the years. First, today at 3 pm, Kenny Sholes will be presenting “A Brief Survey of Our Inheritance: Historic Ag Reserve Properties, Part II,” a companion talk to the Tuesday Talk he gave back in February. Featuring entirely new houses, Kenny (@historicagreserve ) will explore some of the incredible homes in the county’s Ag Reserve and the stories they tell about their former residents. Then on Thursday at 3 pm, Bob Bachman, Chairman of the Center for Suburban Studies, will give a talk complementing the release of our newest online exhibit: “The 1950s Housing Boom in Montgomery County.” The county’s population doubled in the 1950s, sparking a housing boom which Bob details in his talk, including national and local factors that contributed to the boom, various housing styles and neighborhoods, and influential architects and developers. Travel back into the past with us to see how Montgomery County became suburbanized! As always, links to the Zoom talks are up at montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch.

#locahistory #agreserve #historichouses #1950s #suburbanization #montgomerycountymd

Montgomery Parks
05/12/2020

Montgomery Parks

We are happy to share that South Germantown Driving Range reopens tomorrow (Tuesday) from 10 am to 6 pm. But, there will be guidelines in place at the facility.

If are heading to practice your swing, please know you must:
*Wear a face covering.
*Maintain physical distancing of six feet.
*Stay home, if you do not feel well.
*Not gather in the clubhouse.

We also want you to know that:
*Only household members can share a tee bay.
*Payment by credit or debit cards is encouraged.
*There are no golf club rentals.
*The tee line is reduced to every other tee for physical distancing.
*The practice putting green and sand trip are closed.

South Germantown Driving Range will be open weekdays 10 am to 6 pm and weekends 7 am to 8 pm.

For more, visit our website: http://ow.ly/irUh30qFc7g.

Brookside Gardens, Montgomery Parks
05/12/2020

Brookside Gardens, Montgomery Parks

Art in the Gardens is an online exhibition displaying art created by Montgomery County high school students. View the submissions, and vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award by liking the photo!

Voting is open May 11 to May 17. The winner will be announced on our page May 19.

For more information, visit our website: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/brookside-gardens/art-in-the-garden/

Friends Of Seneca Creek State Park (FOSCSP)
05/12/2020

Friends Of Seneca Creek State Park (FOSCSP)

BABY TURTLES ARE HATCHING!
Thank you Christopher Toothaker for sharing this gorgeous photo of a baby turtle that he spotted near Kingfisher Overlook. It was a little guy, about the size of a fifty cent piece.

Is there anything more glorious in spring than an azalea garden? At Brookside Gardens, Montgomery Parks you'll find 50 a...
05/12/2020

Is there anything more glorious in spring than an azalea garden? At Brookside Gardens, Montgomery Parks you'll find 50 acres of formal and informal gardens, wildflower displays, and woodlands to wander through. And it's free!

05/11/2020
The Greater Olney News

The Greater Olney News

Brighton Dam recreation area, Azalea Gardens open starting today; visitors must maintain physical distancing and other guidelines

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) announced that all recreation areas on the T. Howard Duckett and Triadelphia Reservoirs are open starting today, along with Azalea Garden at Brighton Dam, which is open from 7 a.m. to sunset.
Established in 1959, Brighton Dam’s Azalea Garden is home to over 22,000 azaleas spread over five acres. Kousa dogwood trees were added in the 1990’s and the garden is also home to Montgomery County’s champion fringe tree.
The garden and other recreational amenities have been closed for two years due to the Brighton Dam rehabilitation project.
Service animals are the only pets allowed at Azalea Garden and the Brighton Dam recreation area.
Picnicking and using playgrounds are prohibited, and the Brighton Dam Visitor Center remains closed.
WSSC officials reminds visitors to practice physical distancing guidelines; limit group size to 10 people or fewer while hiking, boating or fishing; wear face masks when in close proximity of others, and bring hand sanitizer.
They also say that if a parking lot is busy, visitors should drive to a different location to help maintain physical distance from others.

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General information

Three thematic clusters define unique and distinctive features of Montgomery County: * The Farming Cluster in the western part of the county is set in the 93,000 acre Agricultural Reserve, one of the most successful farmland preservation programs in the U.S. Although Montgomery County is known for its urban regions, the Agricultural Reserve showcases historical landscapes that look much as they did in 19th- and early 20th- century America. Poolesville, a farming center since the 18th century, is the gateway to the Farming Cluster. * The Quaker Cluster is located in eastern Montgomery County. The town of Sandy Spring was an early Quaker community and has an 1817 Friends Meetinghouse still in active use today. The area was home to one of the earliest free black communities in the country; many homes in the area are believed to have been part of the Underground Railroad. * The Innovative Technology Path focuses on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal along the Potomac River and the Metropolitan Branch of the B & O Railroad which includes a number of significant late-19th century communities. These endeavors relate directly to the growth and development of Montgomery County from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Extraordinary engineering feats are on view all along the Canal and in particular at the 1833 Monocacy Aqueduct. Sites along the Canal and the Potomac River played significant roles during the Civil War. Heritage Montgomery’s signature program, Heritage Days, a free, county-wide event, is held annually on the last weekend of June when over 40 sites are open to the public.

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