18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855
Park Manager and general farm information: 301-563-7520
Public Programs: 301-467-8273
Hours of Operation: Park is open year round, sunrise to sunset. The historic buildings are available for public tours only during special events. - Directions
Great things are growing at the Agricultural History Farm Park!
See the past, the present, and the future of Montgomery County farming at the Agricultural History Farm Park (AHFP). This park offers visitors a unique perspective on the County's rich farming heritage. Situated along Rock Creek in Derwood, Maryland, the Agricultural History Farm Park is a 455-acre complex with a historic farm site, a modern farming activity center and trails. The historic area takes visitors back to a typical early 20th century Montgomery County farm. This area includes the original farmhouse, bank barn and several outbuildings. Today's Montgomery County farming is supported by several federal, state and county agencies with offices in the Activity Center. These agencies assist the County's extensive farming community to increase agricultural production and conserve farmland for future generations. - Park Brochure & Map (pdf, 625KB)
Several groups play an integral role in the maintenance and programming of the Agricultural History Farm Park:
- Friends of the Agricultural History Farm Park offer programs and provide demonstrations on historical farm life and agriculture. To volunteer or join the Friends, please call 301-670-4661
- Back in Time 4-H provides and cares for the farm's animals and offers programs on farm animals, farm life, and agriculture
- MCE Master Gardeners offer a variety of plant-related programs and maintain a demonstration garden. For more information, call 301-590-9638
Annual special events at the Agricultural History Farm Park include:
- Gas & Steam Engine Show, held every April and hosted by the Friends of the Agricultural History Farm Park
- Montgomery County Heritage Days, held every June and hosted by M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks
- Bluegrass on the Farm, held every September and hosted by the Friends of the Agricultural History Farm Park
- Harvest Festival, held each October and hosted by M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks
- Blacksmiths & Friends Traditional Arts Show, held every November by the Friends of the Agricultural History Farm Park
- Christmas on the Farm, held every December and hosted by the Friends of the Agricultural History Farm Park
Educational programs that the whole family will love will be coming to the Agricultural History Farm Park in the near future. Please check back for updated information!
Summer Camp Registration Promo
Orchards were typical of many turn-of-the-century farms. Fruits were picked, canned and consumed throughout the year by the farm family, and the fruit was sold at markets for additional income. In 2006, 24 apple trees were planted at the Farm, and five different species of apples now grow successfully.
- Agricultural History Farm Park Brochure & Map (PDF, 625KB)
- Hiking, biking and equestrian trails (web page)
- Agricultural History Farm Generic Park map (PDF, 437KB)
Volunteer at the Farm Park
- How to Volunteer (web page)
The Park Vision
A master plan for the program and facility development of the park was completed in 1990. On October 20, 2005, the Montgomery County Planning Board reviewed an analysis of programming options for the Agricultural History Farm Park, and approved Option 4, which is a fully functioning farm operation with farm interpreters.
- 2005 Staff Report to the Planning Board - Development and Analysis of Programming Options for the Agricultural History Farm Park (PDF)
Lisa Berray, Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Services
301-467-8273 | Lisa.Berray@montgomeryparks.org
Date of last update: July 11, 2016 - back to top