Historic Sites Group Tours & School Fieldtrips

Montgomery Parks offers a rich historic heritage to explore.

Montgomery Parks explore the county’s rich African American heritage at these historic sites: the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park in Sandy Spring, Josiah Henson Park in North Bethesda, and Oakley Cabin African American Museum in Olney.

Our school fieldtrip program provides an enlightening overview of the African American experience from slavery to freedom for grades 2 and up. Lesson plans are developed in accordance with the Maryland State Curriculum – Social Studies Content Standards.  Students will engage in topics related to enslavement in Montgomery County, Maryland, resistance to slavery – such as self-emancipation, and the impact of the Civil War on the African American community.


Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

Woodlawn Museum & Underground Railroad Experience Trail
16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
General Information: 301-929-5989
Group Tours: 301-563-7505 |Email Woodlawn Groups  |  Request a Tour Date

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park includes the popular Underground Railroad Experience Trail and the new Woodlawn Museum inside the 19th century stone barn.  Guided tours, hikes and new school fieldtrip program “World of Benjamin Palmer” are available for groups of 10+, April through mid-November 7 days a week.

Minimum of 2 weeks advanced reservation is required.  (During peak seasons spring/fall more than 3 weeks is advised.) For pricing, hours, tour options and more details visit Woodlawn Museum


Josiah Henson Park

11420 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852

“Searching for Josiah Henson” – Archaeology Field Trip, Grades 4 – 8*

Under the supervision of Park archaeology staff, students will participate in activities that demonstrate the role of archaeologists at an historical site and how the artifacts they excavate aid in interpreting the site for visitors.
Hands-on activities include exploring current archaeological excavations, understanding soil colors and textures, mending pottery, and learning about archaeological field and lab work.

Bookings available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Plan for a 2.5 hour experience.
*(Title I schools in Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. are eligible for FREE transportation and reduced admission for the 2017-18 school term.)

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Henson Group Tour, Grades 4 & up

Learn about the slavery experience in Maryland and the story of Reverend Josiah Henson, the subject of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Groups will learn about life on the plantation and the choices enslaved people faced when deciding whether or not to escape to freedom.

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Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park

3610 Brookeville Road, Olney, MD 20832

Experience hands-on living lessons at this 19th century log cabin that was once the center of an African American roadside community. Groups will learn about life during the Reconstruction Era following the end of the Civil War. Please note that the historic cabin is not an ADA accessible building. Suitable for school groups, grades 1st and up.

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Schedule a Tour

For Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park (Woodlawn Museum & Underground Railroad Experience Trail)

Visit Woodlawn Museum or contact Woodlawn Group Tours: 301-563-7505 |Email Woodlawn Groups  |  Request a Tour Date

For Josiah Henson Park & Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park: 

To ensure availability of the time/location you are interested in, we recommend scheduling your trip at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance. However, reservations may be accepted up to 2 weeks prior to your requested visitation date. School group coordinators will receive a Teachers Resource Guide upon completion of their group reservation. The Resource Guides include curriculum-based pre- and post-visit activities for each of the three historic sites.

Request a Tour Date

  • Step 1
    Make a tour date request by contacting our museum manager directly at HistoryTours@MontgomeryParks.org
    or call 301-650-4373. Tours are available Monday through Fridays. One adult chaperone is required per every 10 students.
  • Step 2
    Once your request has been received and approved, Parks Staff will contact you with the payment information needed to complete your reservation.
  • Step 3
    After your group reservation has been completed, you will receive a final tour confirmation packet that includes: a Teachers Resource Guide (for educators only), driving directions, parking and other pertinent information.

Group Size

Each group must consist of 10 or more people. The maximum group size is 70 people. If your group size exceeds 70 people, please contact the Program Coordinator directly to book your reservation.  Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park can accommodate larger groups- contact Woodlawn Group Tours office directly.

Group Rates

Rates applicable to Josiah Henson Park & Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park only

Admission fee per person:

  • Students $5 | Adults $7 | Seniors $5
  • One complimentary chaperone ticket is allowed for every 10 student tickets


One chaperone is required for every 10 students participating in a school tour. Chaperones must remain with their group throughout the visit and are responsible for managing all members of their group.

Special Accommodations/Assistance

Contact our Group Tour Coordinator directly (HistoryTours@MontgomeryParks.org) to arrange for special accommodations for your school or group.


Group participants may bring packed lunches or dine at a nearby restaurant.

  • Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park (the site for the Underground Railroad Experience Trail hikes) can accommodate large groups (40 or more) utilizing outdoor picnic tables and lawn.  Light snacks and bottled water sold in museum gift shop.  Boxed lunch menus available upon request.
  • Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park can accommodate small groups (30 or less people) at outdoor picnic tables.
  • Josiah Henson Park can accommodate small groups (30 or less) for lunch outdoors, on site, and several restaurants are located within .5 mile from the park on Rockville Pike or Old Georgetown Road.

Contact Us

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park (Woodlawn Museum & Underground Railroad Experience Trail)
General Information: 301-929-5989 | Group Tours: 301-563-7505 |Email Woodlawn Groups  |  Request a Tour Date

Josiah Henson Park & Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park
301-650-4373 | History Tours

Last Updated: August 17, 2017