As Montgomery County prepares to celebrate Heritage Days Weekend coming up the weekend of June 23 and 24, many local historical sites are preparing to accept visitors wanting to go back in time and visit the early days of Montgomery County.
For more than 20 years, the last weekend in June has meant it is time for Heritage Days. This countywide festival has something to appeal to visitors of all ages and interests. This year marks the 21st annual Heritage Days with over 40 free events all around Montgomery County, Heritage Days is the perfect time to explore local history, culture, and nature. Programs will feature Civil War and agricultural history, the stories of local railroads and trolleys, historic African American communities, and much more. Local arts and culture as well as outdoor recreation, including biking, hiking, and walking tours, are also highlighted. Many venues offer musical entertainment, activities and crafts for children, and refreshments.
Sites are open from noon to 4:00 pm unless otherwise indicated. In addition to Civil War and agricultural history, the stories of local railroads and trolleys, African American communities, life along the C&O Canal, astronomy, and much more are featured.
Heritage Days also highlights local arts & culture as well as outdoor recreation, including biking, hiking, and walking tours. Many venues offer musical entertainment, activities and crafts for children, and refreshments.
In the Germantown area, on Saturday and Sunday the Germantown Historical Society presents Germantown in the Great Depression. Discover the colorful past of Germantown and how the hearty people of this railroad town survived the Great Depression. There will be walking tours of the old neighborhood, viewing of the interior of the 1922 Germantown Bank with its walk-in vault, and entertainment by a street musician.
The Boyds Negro School will be open to public. The Negro School, which is not often open, is a one-room school house which was for African-American children at turn-of-the-century. The interior of the school is exactly how it would have been with wooden desks and the chalkboard. Activities include calligraphy, button necklaces, marbles, sack races, and horseshoes.
The Boyds Negro School is located at 19510 White Ground Road, it served as the only public school for African Americans in the Boyds area from 1895-1936. The schoolhouse served students in grades 1-8, many of whom walked for miles to attend classes at the school.
Residents can also experience early life in Montgomery County at the Button Farm Living History Center at 16820 Black Rock Road in Germantown. Visitors can 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.
Visitors to the Maryland SoccerPlex who have wondered what the white barn in the middle of the park was, can discover the MOOseum and learn about the history of dairy farming in Montgomery County. Exhibits include a Ford Model T milk delivery truck, wooden milk wagon, model railroad, and life-sized model cows; playroom & crafts. Saturday only: Balloon Man makes balloons for children from noon- 2:00 pm. Also local band, The Good Stuff, from 12:30-1:45 pm. Sunday only: Sunday: learn about a featured family farm, churn butter, and music for tots with Miss Regina’s music activity from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for children ages 1-4.
On Saturday, the Clarksburg Historical Society will also host Clarksburg Heritage Day at Clarksburg Elementary School at Redgrave Place in Clarksburg. Visitors can come about the 266-year-old town of Clarksburg and its rich history. This is a day of free, family fun activities and interactive displays. Enjoy live music, face painting, a moon bounce, colonial games, costumed docents, history displays, and more. The Clarksburg 4-H Helping Hands Club will have food for sale for a small fee. Clarksburg area school students from kindergarten to 5th grade can participate in our coloring contest.
At 1:30 pm we will hold a one-time special event, as a Time Capsule will be placed in the attic and not opened again until 2028. For more information check out the Clarksburg Historical Society website.
Visitors in the Clarksburg area can check out the Hyattstown Mill, at 14920 Hyattstown Mill Road in Clarkburg beginning at 10:00 am on both Saturday and Sunday. The Mill Gallery hosts the art exhibition, GOLD, exploring the personal and cultural significance and symbolism of this highly malleable metal. Live music and childen’s craft activities.
On Saturday, also in Clarksburg, visitors can learn about the historic churches of Clarksburg at the Clarksburg United Methodist Church at 23245 Spire Street. Visit a historic 1909 church and National Historic Register two-room schoolhouse. Visit the 1909 two-room schoolhouse; costumed docents, local history exhibits, children’s games & coloring contest, moon bounce, music, and more.
In Poolesville, both Saturday and Sunday, visitors can go to the John Poole House on 19923 Fisher Avenue in Poolesville and see the 1793 log cabin was built to serve as a general store and trading post; it is the oldest building in Poolesville. Civil War artifacts, children’s crafts, and refreshments.
Also in Poolesville, the Poolesville Museum at 19933 Fisher Avenue will be open. This 100 year-old restored bank includes an ornate, early 20th-century bank vault with decorative painting. The documentaries Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil War and Growing Legacy, about the Agricultural Reserve, will be shown.
The Seneca Schoolhouse Museum will also be open on Saturday and Sunday at 16899 River Road in Poolesville. Class will be in session in this restored 1880s one room schoolhouse, with a period costumed teacher. Classroom activities, games, and refreshments.
On Saturday, the Warren Historic Site in Dickerson will offer tours of this unique African American site dates to the 1860s with the church and original one-room schoolhouse still in use. Learn about the history of this community as well as updates on site renovations and on-going reconstruction of the Loving Charity Hall (1914); refreshments.
For a complete listing of all the Heritage Days events happening throughout Montgomery County this weekend, visit the Heritage Days Web site.
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Photos courtesy of the Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County