Montgomery Parks explore the county’s rich African American heritage at these historic sites: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park (featuring the Underground Railroad Experience Trail and Woodlawn Museum) in Sandy Spring, Josiah Henson Museum & Park in North Bethesda, and Oakley Cabin African American Museum in Olney.
Our school field trip programs provide an enlightening overview of the African American experience from slavery to freedom for grades 2 and up. Lesson plans are developed in accordance with the Maryland State Curriculum – Social Studies Content Standards. Students will engage in topics related to enslavement in Montgomery County, Maryland, resistance to slavery – such as self-emancipation, and the impact of the Civil War on the African American community.
Woodlawn Museum & Underground Railroad Experience Trail
16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
General Information: 301-929-5989
Group Tours: 301-563-7505 | Email Woodlawn Groups
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Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park includes the popular Underground Railroad Experience Trail and the new Woodlawn Museum inside the 19th century stone barn. Guided tours, hikes and new school field trip program “World of Benjamin Palmer” are available for groups of 10+, April through mid-November. 7 days a week.
Minimum of 2 weeks advanced reservation is required. (During peak seasons spring/fall more than 3 weeks is advised.) For pricing, hours, tour options and more details visit Woodlawn Museum.
11420 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Due to construction at the Henson Park, onsite group tours and field trips have been suspended until the museum project is completed, after which time tours or programs will resume at the park. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we move forward with this exciting project.
OUTREACH PROGRAMS Now Available
Parks staff and trained volunteers will conduct outreach programs and community history talks for groups and students per request during the week, Monday through Thursday. For more information email: HistoryTours@montgomeryparks.org or call 301-650-4373.
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Parks’ History-In-A-Box learning kits can be rented for one or more weeks by schools and other educational institutions. Each kit contains hands-on objects, photographs, artifacts, primary source documents, and lesson plans. The History-In-A-Box learning kits provide an exciting exploration into various parts of history and locations throughout Montgomery County.
“Searching for Josiah Henson,” our inaugural learning kit, is also part of an exciting new outreach program designed for students in grades 4th – 8th. This presentation provides interactive lessons designed to fit within a single class period. The presentation focuses on Rev. Henson’s life, enslavement in Maryland and the Underground Railroad experience. The presentation is also accompanied by a three-week rental of the History-In-A-Box learning kit – included in the program fee.
For booking and rental information, email: HistoryTours@montgomeryparks.org or call 301-650-4373.
3610 Brookeville Road, Olney, MD 20832
Experience hands-on living history lessons at this 19th-century log cabin that was once the center of an African American roadside community. Groups will learn about daily life of Oakley’s African American families in the late 1800s during the Reconstruction Era following the end of the Civil War. Please note that the historic cabin is not an ADA accessible building.
“Daily Life at Oakley” – Grades 2 – 4
“Montgomery County During the Reconstruction Era” – Grades 5 & up
Bookings available Monday – Friday, April through mid-November. Plan for an hour-long experience.
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For Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park (Woodlawn Museum & Underground Railroad Experience Trail)
For Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park:
To ensure availability of the time/location you are interested in, we recommend scheduling your trip at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance. However, reservations may be accepted up to 2 weeks prior to your requested visitation date. School group coordinators will receive a Teachers Resource Guide upon completion of their group reservation. The Resource Guides include curriculum-based pre- and post-visit activities for each of the three historic sites.
Groups must consist of 10 or more people. The maximum group size is 70 people. If your group size exceeds 70 people, please contact the Group Tours office directly to book your reservation. Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park can accommodate larger groups – Email: Woodlawn Group or call 301-563-7505.
Rates applicable to Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Josiah Henson Museum & Park only.
Admission fee per person:
One chaperone is required for every 10 students participating in a school tour. Chaperones must remain with their group throughout the visit and are responsible for managing all members of their group.
Group participants may bring packed lunches or dine at a nearby restaurant.
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park (Woodlawn Museum & Underground Railroad Experience Trail)
General Information: 301-929-5989 | Group Tours: 301-563-7505 |Email Woodlawn Groups
Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park and Josiah Henson Park
Group Tours & General Information: 301-650-4373 |Email Historic Sites Tours