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Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

Woodlawn Manor

Contact Information

16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
General Information: 301-650-4373
Field Trips & Programs: 301-570-5722
Private Events & Rentals: 301-299-5026
Reservation Information

Hours of Operation

Park is open year round, sunrise to sunset.

Woodlawn Manor is not open for public tours. This is a special event facility available daily for weddings, meetings, etc.

Underground Railroad Experience Trail: Free guided hikes available Saturdays, 10:00 am, April through October. Hikes begin at 10:00 am and last 2.5 hrs.


This Federal-era Manor House in Sandy Spring, MD contains richly restored furnishings along with a quiet bucolic setting. The Woodlawn Manor has five uniquely designed rooms that are perfect for small meetings or intimate social affairs. The manor sits on several acres of land that include a unique stone barn, four original outbuildings and several champion trees.

Woodlawn Stone Barn Visitor Center
The Sandy Spring area has strong historical ties to Underground Railroad activity. The stone barn on the property is the future site for the Woodlawn Stone Barn Visitor Center. The visitor center will pay tribute to the Quakers and Underground Railroad experience in Montgomery County. For more information, visit the project web page.

Ongoing Programs

Underground Railroad Experience Trail Self-Guided & Guided Hikes

Guided Hikes
The Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park commemorates the involvement of Montgomery County residents in the Underground Railroad and celebrates the Quaker heritage and traditions of Sandy Spring. Free guided hikes are held every Saturday at 10am, April through October. Please check the Parks events calendar.

Self-guided Hikes
Free self-guided hikes are also available along the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. For more information, visit Download the Trail Map here.

Woodlawn Living History Museum Field Trips and Programs

Woodlawn Manor Living History Museum offers a variety of education programs & hands-on history field trips keyed to curriculum (K-8) and environmental studies for groups of all ages. Woodlawn Manor Teas & Tours are also available by reservation. Please call Executive Director Donna Will at 301-570-5722 or email for more information.


One of Montgomery County’s most admired historic properties, the Woodlawn Manor was constructed in the 1800s by either Richard Thomas or his son, Samuel Thomas, Jr. According to tradition, Samuel and his wife, Anna operated a Quaker boarding school at Woodlawn. Dr. William Palmer, the founder of the Montgomery Mutual Fire Insurance Company, purchased the estate in 1825.

The symmetrical front façade of the five-bay federal style house features Flemish bond brick and a fanlight transom over the central entrance. Palmer expanded the house with a kitchen wing. His son, Benjamin Palmer, added the northwest wing in 1881.

In 1832, master stonemason Isaac Holland built an exceptional three-story stone bank barn with four large round-arched openings on the basement level. The property also includes a combination diary and smokehouse of stone, a log house, and a board and batten tenant house.

Grounds includes significant mature trees, include an Osage Orange with an 11-foot trunk circumference, 100-foot high American Linden tree and a 1999 County Champion Norway Spruce.

Last update: January 16, 2014