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News & Events

Our 2014 season has come to a close!
Join us this winter each Saturday in February for Black History Month and then on the first weekend in April for our season openers. Group Tours are still offered through mid-November (Monday - Friday, weather permitting). Bookings for group tours will resume in March 2015.

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.

Things To Do

Josiah Henson
Black History Month 2015

February is Black History Month!
Please join us at Josiah Henson Park each Saturday in February to Celebrate Black History Month. The park is located on the historic Isaac Riley Farm in North Bethesda, MD where the Reverend Josiah Henson lived and worked as a slave from 1795 to 1830. - more

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Archaeology Program

What do archaeologists really do? Our Archaeology Program and Camps investigate history from the ground up!

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Underground Railroad Experience Trail

Free guided hikes on our Underground Railroad Trail are offered each Saturday, April - November 2015. More information can be found at Self-guided hikes are available year-round along the - download a trail map.

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Group Tours

Montgomery Parks is proud to be able to offer Group & School Tours at three of our most prominent historic sites to the public. All tours will be presented by specially trained docents who will make history come alive for your group.

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Time Team America at Josiah Henson Park!
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"The Search For Josiah Henson” - New PBS Documentary
The Josiah Henson archaeological site was one of four American sites selected by Time Team America for inclusion in their second season. Time Team America brought their high-tech equipment to help Park Archaeologists learn more about a very special man in American History, Josiah Henson. "The Search for Josiah Henson," is an over-the-archaeologists'-shoulder view of discoveries made at our very own Josiah Henson Park. Click here to watch the episode, "The Search for Josiah Henson" from Season 2 of the Time Team America series. (54:36)


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!

Trail guides are needed to provide guided hikes for the Underground Railroad Experience Trail , and

Tour Guides are needed to provide tours for historic sites like, Kingsley Schoolhouse, Josiah Henson Park, Bussard Farmstead at the Agricultural History Farm Park and Oakley Cabin African American Museum

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, Archaeologist
301-563-7532 |

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