Seneca Store Rehabilitation – formerly Poole’s Store

Project Description

The Seneca Store is located at 16315 Old River Road, Poolesville, Maryland 20837 within the Seneca Landing Special Park.  The Montgomery County Department of Parks (Parks) intends to rehabilitate the building and landscape perimeter to provide a code-complaint and usable condition per permitting requirements and The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.  This 100% design project will obtain a building permit for mercantile use (for an agricultural general store).  The work will also include some parking and site signage.

The project goals are two-fold:  to create a working store and heritage tourism destination.

The Maryland Historical Trust holds an easement on the building and regulates changes to the building and site.  Thus, the project work must go through their review and approval at the State Historic Preservation Office.  The store is also listed in the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation, so any alterations to the exterior and its historic “environmental setting” must be reviewed and approved by the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission.


The store is currently closed to the public. The adjacent agricultural supply store, a M-NCPPC tenant in the warehouse, is open during business hours.  The public can still gain access to the Seneca Creek State Park, the Seneca Creek itself, and nearby Seneca Creek Greenway Trail (on Seneca Road east of the creek) which are open dawn to dusk.

Prior Projects

In 2001, the Department of Parks completed a reuse Feasibility Study – Learn more.


This building has been a general store since 1901. The last proprietors, the Poole family, provided a convenient supply of feed and specialized goods and services to local equestrian, hunting and farming communities in the Poolesville area and throughout the Agricultural Reserve for more than 40 years. M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks acquired the Seneca Store and adjacent Upton Darby miller’s house in 1976.

Montgomery Parks has researched the history of this wonderful property. More detailed historic information is located on the Seneca Store web page.

Parks, along with constituents in the Agricultural Reserve, the Montgomery Countryside Alliance, and the Audubon Society, sought and obtained a state bond bill from the Maryland General Assembly for the design phase.  In addition, Parks sought and received a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority for historic preservation and heritage-related improvements to the site.  Additional funding is being provided by the Montgomery Parks Capital Improvement Program’s Restoration of Historic Structures fund.

Status/Project Update

Permit A:  Building Rehabilitation

The 100% design development for the store was reviewed by the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) in Fall 2016. It will next be presented to the local Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission at a hearing on November 16, 2016 to request a Historic Area Work Permit (HAWP). By December 2016, the project will apply for a Montgomery County, Department of Permitting Services building permit. Our goal is to obtain the DPS permit in early 2017. Pending available funding to complete the project, M-NCPPC will hire a contractor to start the work in spring/summer 2017. See Calendar below for additional information.

Permit B:  Sitework

The sitework development was delayed by stormwater requirements and other regulatory complexities and will be completed on a separate schedule from the building rehabilitation.  The sitework design is approximately 60% complete. Next steps include preliminary regulatory permits, final design, and final permits.  Sitework construction will be initiated after the building rehabilitation is substantially complete. When more specific dates are known, the Calendar will be updated.

Calendar and Notes

Links to review meeting notes and Planning Board memos are attached to each applicable calendar event.

September 2013 Design phase initiated

Fall 2013


Design phase 30% complete

January 7, 2014
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Community Meeting to solicit public input
– PowerPoint Presentation
Audience questions and responses
– Community feedback
Darnestown Elementary School
All Purpose Room
15030 Turkey Foot Road
Darnestown, MD 20878
Fall 2014 50% design development
April 8, 2015
Historic Preservation Commission
– Preliminary consultation on site development work
Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Spring 2015 50% design submittals
– Maryland Historic Trust
– Historic Preservation Commission

Fall 2015


90% design development (store only)
– Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) Review


Fall 2016




Nov. 16,


7:30 pm


100% design development (store only)

–   Maryland Historical Trust (MHT)



Historic Preservation Commission

(store only)

–   Historic Area Work Permit (HAWP)






Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Early 2017


DPS building permit approval

(store only)

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Eileen Emmet, Park Development Division

Last Updated: November 3, 2016