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 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 | Request a Tour Date
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
Under the supervision of Park archaeology staff, students will participate in activities that demonstrate the role of archaeologists at an historical site and how the artifacts they excavate aid in interpreting the site for visitors.
Hands-on activities include exploring current archaeological excavations, understanding soil colors and textures, mending pottery, and learning about archaeological field and lab work.*
Bookings available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September through May. Plan for a 2.5 hour experience.
*(Title I students in Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. are eligible for FREE transportation and admission for the 2017-18 school term.)
Learn about the slavery experience in Maryland and the story of Reverend Josiah Henson, the inspiration for the lead character of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Groups will learn about life on the plantation and the choices enslaved people faced when deciding whether or not to escape to freedom.
Bookings available Monday – Friday, year-round. Plan for an hour-long tour.
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.
Programs offered: “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
For Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park (Woodlawn Museum & Underground Railroad Experience Trail)
For Josiah Henson Park & 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.
Each group 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 Josiah Henson Park and Oakley Cabin African American 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.