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Rockwood Manor

Easily accessible from downtown Washington, Bethesda and Northern Virginia, Rockwood Manor offers unique opportunities for both business and social events. Built in the 1920s, the Manor was the former country estate of Carolyn Gangwer Caughey (pronounced "coy"). Nestled in 30 acres of woods and steps away from the C&O Canal, Rockwood Manor offers its guests a secluded and naturally beautiful venue in which to meet, socialize and celebrate.

Rockwood Manor is one of four Montgomery Parks' Event Centers. The beautiful 1920's brick Manor is nestled in the woods of Potomac, Maryland and is just steps from Freat Falls, one of DC's most popular parks! This Event Center is the perfect place for all of life's many celebrations! Wedding couples often enjoy a ceremony on the Flagstone Patio area, typically followed by cocktails in the Manor House spilling onto the Veranda and an indoor reception with dancing utilzing several of the Manor's event rooms. Business groups enjoy the ability to get out of the office and enjoy the Park for one day or a multi-day retreat. This charming estate also offers optional overnight accommodations!

Rockwood Manor's overnight lodgings make it an ideal location for destination weddings, multi-day business retreats or training sessions, family reunions, workshops, weekend or weekday getaways and other events. Overnight accommodations include 10 hotel-style guest rooms (with private bathrooms) with a capacity of 29 guests and a 3 bedroom bungalow (with a shared bathroom) with a capacity of 8 guests. Three bunkhouse Cabins with a total cabin capacity of 80 (bring your own sleeping bag and pillow for the Cabins) are also on the property and most often utilized by Scouting groups and Outdoor Education School groups. Rockwood provides on-site parking, wireless internet access, tables and chairs and a warming kitchen for the licensed, insured caterer of choice.

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Patio Wedding in trees bridal suite Stone Soup

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Scheduling a Visit

Rockwood Manor is managed by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). It is one of 4 Montgomery Parks' Event Centers. The property is available for viewing during Open Houses so patrons are encouraged to visit us during open house hours. RSVP's are not required for Open Houses, but strongly encouraged, especially for those who already have a reservation, so that we can better asisst you! You may RSVP to the open house by e-mail. Dates are booking quickly, so you may want to e-mail the reservation office to check for available event dates as well.

Update: Due to our busy, private event schedule, no Open Houses are currently scheduled. For private, weekday appointments, please email us. Private appointments may be accommodated based upon venue schedule. If you arrive without an appointment, we may not be able to show you around if the property is rented.

For pricing and full reservation details, please view our Social Rates and Rental Information. For specific questions and availability, please email the reservation office..




Weddings and Social Events

Rockwood Manor is a naturally beautiful spot for both indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. Couples may enjoy an outdoor ceremony in the secluded Flagstone patio area or in the Gazebo Garden, typically followed by cocktails in the Manor House spilling onto the Veranda. Dine in Brooke Hall and Great Falls rooms and dance the night away with your guests in the windowed Rapidan Room with a picturesque view of the Gazebo Garden. Maximum venue Capacity is 120 (fits in one combined/adjoining space - 2 rooms). The comfortable Venue Capacity is 80 (seated maximum in the largest room). Rockwood is also the perfect place to host holiday parties and to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs and graduations.

Weekend Retreats

One of our most popular rental packages is the weekend retreat rental. What are weekend retreats?

  • 16 – 24 hours of event time in the Manor House
  • All overnight accommodations for the entire weekend
  • Access to the outdoor areas for the entire weekend
Business Meetings

Rockwood Manor's convenient location and six meeting rooms make it an ideal setting for your next business meeting or retreat. The variety of rooms and layouts allows for gatherings as large as 120 and break-out sessions as small as four. Rockwood is Wi-Fi enabled and can provide all the audio-visual equipment you need for your event. Relax with your colleagues afterwards in rocking chairs on the brick veranda surrounded by beautiful greenery. As of June 1, 2015, we no longer offer in house catering but will be happy to supply names of several local restaurants/caterers who have fulfilled business catering needs in the past and are familiar Rockwood Manor.


Essential Information

Address 11001 MacArthur Boulevard
Potomac, MD 20854 | 301-563-7510 | fax 301-299-5386 | map

Please email for information and availability Office hours vary each week due to our private event schedule.


History History of Rockwood Manor

Venue Capacity - 120 (fits in one combined/adjoining space - 2 rooms)

Comfortable Venue Capacity - 80 (seated maximum in the largest room)

Social events


Overnight Accommodations (with or without a Social or Business Reservation)

2015-2016 Social Rates and Rental Information effective for all 2015-2016 reservations created after August 17, 2015
Social Facility Rules and Regulations - coming soon!

Planning Checklist - a convenient way to keep track of all items due to the reservation office

Sample Basic Timeline

Business meetings

2015-2016 Business Rates and Rental Information effective for all 2015-2016 reservations created after August 17, 2015

Floor plans Social Events - Blank Floorplan Templates for Social Events with Instructions
Social Event Sample Floorplan Templates
Business Meetings - Blank Floorplan Templates for Business Meetings with Instructions
Business Meetings - Sample Floorplan Templates

Catering Policies - coming soon!
Sample Caterer Food Handling License and Liability Insurance

Information & forms

Weekend Retreat Manor House Hours Form

Bunkhouse Cabin Assignment List
Rockwood Manor Form for Charter Buses and Shuttles
Rockwood Manor Additional Rental Equipment and Order Form