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Agricultural History Farm Park

Views of the Agricultural History Farm Park

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

Ag History Farm Park logoEVENTS & PROGRAMS | YESTERDAY & TODAY | THE PARK VISION | RESOURCES

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)

Friends of the Agricultural History Farm ParkFarm Park Partners

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

Events & Programs

Special Events

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
Education Programs

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

Yesterday & Today

THE FARM BUILDINGS | NEWMANTOWN | THE ORCHARD | ANIMALS ON THE FARM | TRAILS

The Farm Buildings

Photo of the Agricultural Farm Park Bank Barn
The Bank Barn

The Park's original bank barn, constructed in 1895, is typical of barns found in Montgomery County at the turn of the century. The barn was the most valuable asset on the farm. The dairy cattle were milked and draft animals were house in the basement. Hay was stored and grain threshed on the barn's main floor. The barn is open year-round; it is accessible on the upper level only.

Photo of the Magruder-Bussard Farmstead house
Magruder-Bussard Farmstead

The Magruder-Bussard Farmhouse presents a fascinating view into early 20th century farm life. The house was the heart of the farm and the center of family life. The birth of children, washing of laundry, preparation of food and many other activities of daily life all took place here. Several additions to the house show how it expanded as the family grew. The Farmhouse is open for house tours during special events.

Old photo of the farm outbuildings
Historic Outbuildings

Visitors can see each of the historic outbuildings, including a granary, a maintenance shed, an equipment shed, a water tank house, a corn crib, a woodshed, a smoke house, a chicken coop, a broody house, a carriage shed, a hay barracks, and of course, the privy. Each of these buildings played an important role in the operation of the turn-of-the-century farm.

Photo of the AHFP Activity Center
The Activity Center

The Activity Center houses federal, state and county government agencies.

Newmantown

Water color picture of Newmantown

The Park includes a 39-acre parcel on the western edge of the farm that was once home to a kinship-based African American community begun in 1879. Albert and Mary Newman purchased a part of the "Cook's Inheritance" and constructed a house and several outbuildings. Two of their sons built houses on the property as well, Morton in 1885 and Fenton in 1914. None of the houses or out-buildings survive today.

It was comprised of a small group of houses and outbuildings and was not unlike several free Black communities, such as Mt. Zion near Brookville, that had been founded prior to the war.

The Orchard

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.

Animals on the Farm

Photo of child feeding a goat.

The Farm is currently home to many farm animals, including goats, chickens and pigs. Larger livestock are also on site for many of the Farm's annual events.

Trails

Locator Map

Enjoy over 4 miles of natural surface hiking, biking and equestrian trails throughout the park. Horse trailer parking is provided.

In search of historic volunteers adResources

Maps and Brochures
Volunteer at the Farm Park
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.

Contact Us

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