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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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Please note, in the event of severe weather, please call ahead to confirm the park will be open before traveling to the site.

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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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NEW! Woodlawn Visitor Center

Woodlawn Visitor Center - Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | April - November | Admission charged
Visit the stone barn exhibits where echoes of the past tell the story of a bustling farm, its community, and those who made a bold bid for freedom on the Underground Railroad. Montgomery Parks is now offering a school fieldtrip program: "World of Young Benjamin Palmer" (grades 3 - 5) explores plantation life at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. General Information: 301-929-5989 | Group Tours & Fieldtrips: 301-563-7505

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Underground Railroad Experience Trail map imageUnderground Railroad Experience Trail

Guided Underground Railroad Hikes
April - November | Saturdays | New! Registration required
Woodlawn Visitor Center, 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
The Underground Railroad Experience Trail guided hikes commemorate the involvement of Montgomery County residents in the Underground Railroad and celebrates the Quaker heritage and traditions.
General Information: 301-929-5989 | Group Tours & Fieldtrips: 301-563-7505

Self-guided Underground Railroad Hikes
Available year-round | Park is open dawn to dusk. Group Information: Groups of 25 or more, please contact Park Permits for reservations - email or call 301-495-2525. - download a trail map 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 duirng one of our Summer Camps.
General Information: 301-563-7530

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NEW! Group Tours & School Fieldtrips

Josiah Henson 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 guided tours for other groups.

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.

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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

Historic Sites Programs

Lisa Berray, Manager of Interpretation & Visitor Services, Agricultural History Farm Park
301-467-8273 |

Jennifer Legates, Facility Manager, Woodlawn Visitor Center
301-563-7515 |

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

Shirl Spicer, Countywide Museum Manager
301-650-4384 |

Mark Thorne, Program Manager, Woodlawn Visitor Center
301-563-7505 |

Archaeology Programs

Heather Bouslog, Senior Archaeologist
301-563-7531 |

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

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