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Travel back in time to learn how your family, friends, and neighbors may have lived. Imagine your surprise when you discover you haven’t traveled far from your backyard to your local park.


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Things To Do

Please note, in the event of severe weather, please call ahead to confirm the park will be open before traveling to the site. Call 301-650-4373 for a recorded message of the most current park event hours.

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Historic Happenings

Woodlawn Visitor Center Grand Opening imageWoodlawn Visitor Center Grand Opening
Saturday, June 11 - Noon to 4:00 pm | FREE | Dedication Ceremony - Noon to 1:00 pm
Montgomery Parks is excited to open this historic gem to the public. Explore the Stone Barn exhibits where echoes of the past will tell the story of a bustling farm, its community, and those who made a bold bid for freedom on the Underground Railroad. Learn about Woodlawn’s earliest residents and their neighbors.

Ongoing Events - April through November
Fun and exciting events and adventures are happening all season long in and around our historic and archaeological attractions.

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Guided Underground Railroad Hikes
April - November 2016 | Saturdays, 10:00 am | Registration required in advance
Please register in advance for the Saturday morning guided hike beginning May 14, 2016 at - search for "UGRR" or "Underground Railroad"

Self-guided Underground Railroad Hikes
Available year-round | Park is open dawn to dusk. Group Information: If you are organizing a self-guided hike for a group of 25 or more, please contact Park Permits for reservations - email or call 301-495-2525. - download a trail map (pdf) and enjoy a walk through history.

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Archaeology Program

Archaeology Program
Archaeologists find history from the ground up, but what do they actually do? Find out at Family Archaeology Day, Saturday, May 7, or enroll in one of our Summer Camps.

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Group Tours & School Fieldtrips

Josiah HensonNEW! Montgomery Parks is now offering two new school fieldtrip programs: "World of Young Benjamin Palmer" (grades 3 - 5) explores plantation life at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park during the 1800s, and "Searching for Josiah Henson" (grades 4 - 8) explores the archaeological investigations at Josiah Henson Park. Parks also offers

Group Tours & School Fieldtrips at several other prominent historic sites for students and adults alike. All hikes/tours are presented by specially trained docents who will make history come alive for your group.

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Historic Sites to Visit

Montgomery Parks owns several historic sites you can visit - some have limited access, and some are open in partnership with non-profit groups.


Volunteers bring history to life!
Become a part of history as a volunteer History Guide. Exciting opportunities await you at one of our historic sites. Search for historic and cultural volunteer opportunities at and apply today! SSL hours are available for students who complete the training and conduct a minimum numbers of hikes/tours during the season.

Trail guides are needed to provide guided hikes for the Underground Railroad Experience Trail and for historic site tours at: Kingsley Schoolhouse, Josiah Henson Park, Bussard Farmstead at the Agricultural History Farm Park, Oakley Cabin African American Museum and the new Visitor Center at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park opening June 2016. FREE training takes place each spring.

Contact Us

Lisa MacLeman, Group Tours & Public Programs
301-650-4373 |

Shirl Spicer, Museum Manager
301-650-4384 |

Heather Bouslog, Senior Archaeologist
301-563-7531 |

Cassandra Michaud, Senior Archaeologist, RPA
301-563-7532 |

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