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Fun and exciting events and adventures are happening in and around our historic and archaeological attractions year-round. Search the Main Parks Event Calendar for all Historical/Cultural Park events. - 2015 events poster (PDF, 800KB)

NOTE: In the event of severe weather, please call ahead to make sure the park will be open. On Saturday mornings, please call 301-650-4373 and a recorded message will advise you of the park hours.

Special Events

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Maryland Emancipation Day Celebrations
November 6 - 8

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)

Ongoing Events


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Kingsley Schoolhouse FREE Tours
1st Sunday | April 12 - October 4 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Kingsley Schoolhouse
Little Bennett Regional Park, 24472 Clarksburg Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871
This late 19th century one-room schoolhouses is one of the few that remain in an entirely unaltered state in Montgomery County. This site is furnished to reflect its historic appearance.

Reenactor cooking at Oakley Cabin

Oakley Cabin African American Museum FREE Tours*
2nd & 4th Saturdays | April - November 7 | 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park
3610 Brookeville Road, Olney, MD 20832
Oakley Cabin is a 19th century African American historic site. Built as one of three cabins, this cabin was the center of an African American roadside community from emancipation well into the 20th century.
Ask us about weekday historic group and school tours

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Underground Railroad Experience Trail FREE Guided Hikes*
Saturdays | September 5 - October 31 | Hike begins at 10:00 am

Check out the Underground Railroad Experience Trail web page for more information.

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
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 of Sandy Spring.

Self-guided hikes are available year-round along the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. - trail map.

Ask us about weekday historic group and school tours

The cabin at Josiah Henson Park

Josiah Henson Park Tours*

Josiah Henson Park
11420 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Currently the histgoric site is open only for special events and specially arranged group tours; it is not open on a regular basis. For more information, please call 301-650-4373. This park is currently in the Facility Planning Phase of development. Visit the project web page for information on the progress of this project.
Ask us about weekday historic group and school tours

* Contact us to request special group hikes/tours during the week.


The cabin at Josiah Henson Park

Archaeology Camps

Archaeology Program
Needwood Mansion - 6700 Needwood Road, Derwood, MD
Please click the link above for the 2015 Archaeology Summer Camp program dates.

Summer Camp Registration Promo


Volunteers bring history to life!


If you’re interested in African American, agricultural, and county history and enjoy interacting with the public, consider becoming a trained volunteer tour guide. Visit for more information. Volunteer opportunities meet requirements for SSL hours for students. FREE training classes are held each spring.

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. #31 Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park #14 Northwest Branch Trail #15 Cabin John Trail Map #24 Underground Railroad Experience Trail #1 Black Hill Regional Park Trails #28 Hoyles Mill Trail #27 Blockhouse Point Conservation Park #26 Woodstock Equestrian Park #4 Little Bennett Regional Park #7 Magruder Branch Trails #3 Capital Crescent Trail #6 Long Branch Trail #11 Sligo Creek Trail #12 Wheation Regional Park MLK Jr. Heart Smart Trail #8 Paint Branch Trail #2 Cabin John Regional Park Trails #10 Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Blue Mash Trail Map #5 Little Falls Trail #17 and #19 Rock Creek Regional Park Trails Brookside Gardens Heart Smart Trails #23 Rachel Carson Conservation Park Trails S. Germantown Heart Smart Trail #25 South Germantown Recreational Park #22 Agricultural History Farm Park Trails #19 Martin Luther King Jr Recreational Park #16 Fairland Recreational Park Trails #29 Matthew Henson Trail #30 Oakley Cabin Trail

Last update: October 6, 2015