Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park’s newest attraction is the Woodlawn Museum featuring multimedia exhibits throughout the 19th century stone barn. Interactive exhibits highlight the area’s agricultural landscape, the Underground Railroad, local free black communities and the Quaker experience in Montgomery County, revealed through the lives of the Woodlawn’s residents and enslaved laborers.
Hours: Open April – November, Friday/Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday 12 – 4 pm
Admission: $5.00 Adults, $4.00 Seniors/Children, Free Children 5 & under
Tickets available at the visitor center in the historic carriage house. A gift shop, visitor information and restrooms are available. Guided hikes/tours start at the carriage house.
The museum’s three floors of exhibits are designed for a self-guided experience. The building is ADA accessible via exterior entrances.
No food or drink is permitted. (Bottled water permissible). The stone barn does not have air-conditioning/heat.
Currently the historic manor house is not available for touring.
For general information: Call 301-929-5989 or Email
Available for groups of 10+, April – mid-November, 7 days a week. Minimum 2 weeks advance reservation required.
Picnic & restroom facilities onsite, no food service. Bottled water and light snacks available in the visitor center. Free motor coach bus parking.
Guided Hike Underground Railroad Experience Trail 2 – 2 1/2 hrs. 4th Grade & up Rates: $8.00 adults, $7.00 students
Experience how enslaved freedom seekers traversed Montgomery County, Maryland, on the 19th century Underground Railroad network as “Conductors’ provide historical context. Included is the Woodlawn Museum in the historic stone barn. Note: the trail is not ADA accessible.
Guided Tour Woodlawn Museum & Manor House Grounds 1 – 1 1/2 hrs. 2nd Grade & up Rates: $4.00 person
Learn about daily life at Woodlawn Plantation by touring the grounds/outbuildings of the manor house and tour the Woodlawn Museum’s exhibits in the stone barn. Please note: Currently the historic Manor House is not available for touring.
World of Benjamin Palmer Educational Program 1 – 1 1/2 hrs. 2nd – 4th Grades Rates: $7.00 students, $8.00 adults
Experience 19th century plantation life through the eyes of young Benjamin Palmer. Discover the chores and work useful in running a farm, including medical practices used by his father, Dr. William Palmer.
Self-guided Hikes on Underground Railroad Experience Trail:
The trail is open year-round, dawn to dusk, free of charge for self-guided hikes. Restroom facilities are open when the Woodlawn Museum is open. A portable toilet is available at other times. Groups of 30+: Please make prior arrangements with the Park Permits office – email Park Permits or call 301-495-2525
Woodlawn Manor was constructed between 1800-1815 by the Thomas family. Francis Scott Key was a visitor when the house served as a private school. Dr. William Palmer, the founder of the Montgomery Mutual Fire Insurance Company, purchased the estate in 1822.
In 1832 the stone bank barn was built by Isaac Holland that today serves as the Woodlawn Museum. Today the barn serves as the sole example of it’s kind still standing. The property’s outbuildings include a stone dairy/smokehouse, a log building/slave quarter, a board-and-batten tenant house and the carriage house that serves today as the museum’s visitor center.