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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.

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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Opening Day Celebrations Weekend - April 10-12

Opening Day Celebrations
It’s that time of year again! Montgomery Parks invites you to welcome back spring and join in the celebration of the reopening of our History in the Park season.

Friday, April 10 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm | $5 per person - tickets available ONLY at - more info
- Special Night Hike on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail

Saturday, April 11 | FREE - more info
- Oakley Cabin Guided Cabin Tours and "Celebrating African Rhythms through Dance & Song"
- Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guided Hikes
- Harper Cabin at Brookside Nature Center demonstrations and crafts for kids

Sunday, April 12 | FREE - more info
- Kingsley Schoolhouse Guided Tours
- Josiah Henson Park Guided Tours and Time Team America Documentary
- Harper Cabin at Brookside Nature Center demonstrations and crafts for kids

Discovering your inner archaeologist.
Spring 2015 Archaeology Events
Needwood Mansion 6700 Needwood Road, Derwood, MD
Tuesday, April 7 | 7 pm - 9 pm | FREE - RSVP needed

Work side-by-side with archaeologists to identify and catalogue artifacts!

Family Archaeology Day
Saturday, May 2 | 10 am – 3 pm | $8 per person | $15 family - pay at the event
Bring a bag lunch and stay for the day! Featuring: a 19th century Slave Quarters Dig Exhibit, Mansion Tours, Simulated Archaeology Dig for Children, Storytelling, Old-time games, Hands-on Crafts, and Atl-atl tossing.

Ongoing Events


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Kingsley Schoolhouse Tours
1st Sunday | April 12 - November 7| 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. Kingsley Schoolhouse is closed for the season and will reopen with free guided tours in April 2015.

Reenactor cooking at Oakley Cabin

Oakley Cabin African American Museum Tours*
2nd & 4th Saturdays | April - October | 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. Oakley Cabin will reopen with free guided tours in April 2015.
Ask us about weekday historic group and school tours

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Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guided Hikes*
Saturdays | April - November| 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.
Guided hikes will resume in April 2015.

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 house and cabin are open only for special events and 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 check back when we will list the 2015 Archaeology Summer Camp program dates.

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Montgomery Parks Summer Camps Registration!

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Summer Camps Registration Is Underway at Montgomery Parks!

Montgomery Parks offers fun-filled half- and whole-day summer camps throughout June, July and most of August. Camps are open to all children in Montgomery County, Frederick County, Howard County, Prince George's and beyond. Be sure to check out Camps that offer Early Bird Registration discounts! It's easy to find your favorite camps with our new search tool. Click to start your search!


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.

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: March 30, 2015