Little Bennett Regional Park is home to 14 historic sites and points of interest. These areas highlight life in Montgomery County in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. A well planned trail hike can lead you to most sites, taking you on a walk through time.
As early as the 18th century, the Little Bennett Valley was the scene of farms and small scale industries capitalizing on the region’s abundant resources of timber, water, vegetation and vast acreage for farming. Several grist mills, a sumac mill, a saw mill, a saw and bone mill and a whisky manufactory were established at various times along the Little Bennett Creek. Only the Hyattstown Mill remains as testimony to those early enterprises. The steep and rocky slopes did not encourage farming; but the farmers persevered nonetheless. They raised tobacco, for example, into the 20th century, even though the emphasis had long before shifted to grains.
Around the close of the 19th century, a small rural community was established in the valley. It was named Kingsley after the King Family, who were prominent in the area. The last remaining vestige of that settlement is a one-room schoolhouse. Today, this 3700 acre preserve is Little Bennett Regional Park, a facility owned and operated by the M-NCPPC. The park offers hiking, camping, golfing and equestrian opportunities.
Enjoy the vast natural resources and scenic beauty as you explore the remnants of the past at Little Bennett Regional Park: