Montgomery Parks Historic Sites Open

SANDY SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), will mark the season opening of its historic sites on Saturday April 5 with a guided hike along the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor and a day of cultural activities at Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park. On Sunday, April 6, the historic Kingsley Schoolhouse in Clarksburg also reopens for the season. The schedule of events and locations is listed below.

Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m.

Guided Hike along the Underground Railroad Experience Trail

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

16501 Norwood Road

Sandy Spring, MD 20860


Join trained conductors for a guided hike on a simulated Underground Railroad experience. Hikers will journey approximately two miles along a wooded natural surface trail while learning about various techniques “freedom seekers” used to elude trackers, find food and navigate their way north to freedom.

Meet at the Stone Barn at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. Hikes last about 2.5 hours and are appropriate for people ages 8 years old and up. Only therapeutic animals are permitted on hikes. The trail is not ADA-accessible nor suited for strollers. 

Saturday, April 5, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Guided Tours and Cultural Activities at Oakley Cabin

“Celebrating Cultural Rhythms – Past to Present”

Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park

3610 Brookeville Road

Olney, MD 20832


Celebrate the season opening of Oakley Cabin with tours, an African dance workshop by the group Cultural Moves, crafts and games for children, and explore an archaeology dig with Montgomery Parks’ archaeologists.

Sunday, April 6, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Guided Tours

Kingsley Schoolhouse

Little Bennett Regional Park

Kingsley Parking Area on Clarksburg Road

Clarksburg, MD 20871


Kingsley Schoolhouse was built in 1893 and is one of the best remaining examples of a one-room schoolhouse in Montgomery County.  Located in the secluded “Froggy Hollow” section of Little Bennett Regional Park, the schoolhouse is furnished as it appeared in the 1920s. Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch by the stream.

Historic Sites Remain Open through November 2, 2014

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