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

This work was advertised for construction on August 29, 2017.  The supply store in the warehouse is expected to stay open during construction.

Permit B:  Sitework

The sitework development was delayed by stormwater requirements and is being completed on a separate schedule from the building rehabilitation.  The sitework design is approximately 90% complete. Next steps include final approvals and permits from the historic preservation and for sediment and erosion control.  Sitework construction will be initiated after the building rehabilitation is substantially complete.

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 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 </td.
Nov. 16, 2016
100% Design Development (store only)
Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) ReviewHistoric Preservation Commission (store only)– Historic Area Work Permit (HAWP)
Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
May 2017 DPS building permit approval (store only)
Summer 2017
Fall 2017 Estimated building construction notice to proceed
Fall 2018 Estimated site work constructionnotice to proceed
Fall 2019  Estimated Use and Occupancy approval


M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Eileen Emmet, Park Development Division

Last Updated: August 30, 2017