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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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Special Events

Maryland Emancipation Day Celebrations - November 6 - 8, 2015
Join us to celebrate Maryland Emancipation Day at historic sites throughout the county! Hike on the Underground Railroad, tour 1800s log cabins, visit a museum dedicated to the legacy of slavery, enjoy living history demonstrations and eat great food! Park events on Saturday and Sunday are FREE, unless otherwise noted, and open to the public. - event poster (PDF, 520KB)

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Historic Happenings

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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Archaeology Program

Archeaologists find history from the ground up but, what do they actually do? Here's your chance to find out.

Time Team America PBS Documentary
An over-the-archaeologists'-shoulder view of discoveries made at our very own Josiah Henson Park. Click here for more information about Parks' archaeology program..

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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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Underground Railroad Experience Trail

Guided Underground Railroad Hikes - September 5 - October 31, 2015 at 10:00 am
Please join us each Saturday for FREE guided hikes on our Underground Railroad Trail. Self-guided hikes are available year-round along the - download a trail map.

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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 and Oakley Cabin African American Museum. 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, Archaeologist
301-563-7532 |

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