The Founding of the MOOseum and it's Organization In the late 1960’s the James & Macie King Farm was sold to the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) with the understanding that it would become the centerpiece of a proposed regional park in an area of the county that was anticipating commercial and residential development. Thirty-five years later, South Germantown Recreational Park became a reality, with the King Barn the only building on the site preserved by the County. Through the efforts of the Farm’s family and friends of agriculture throughout the County a core group of organizers of the museum was developed. The Montgomery County Planning Board gave it’s unanimous approval for the MOOseum project in April, 2002. Once the site was defined and the original building restored, the Barn was made available by MNCPPC through a right of entry agreement, the King Barn Dairy Mooseum, Inc. began planning for a fully operational museum. Federal 501-C(3) (non-profit) designation was received in June of 2003, and the MOOseum has been a Registered Charity in the State of Maryland since May 2004.
Mission: The purpose of the MOOseum is to develop the King Barn into a dairy museum as an education based heritage landmark that is compatible with, and enhancing to, the surrounding Park and Region.
HALF-CENTURY OLD CHARLES KNILL DAIRY FARM
TO BE HONORED AT KING BARN DAIRY MOOSEUM
GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND (October 28, 2018) – The Charles Peter Knill family sold milk for 41 years from one of Montgomery County’s largest dairy farms, beginning in 1912. When milk production ceased in 1953, the Knill’s diversified 311-acre farm near Sellman was also producing a wide variety of poultry, eggs, grains, and vegetables for local consumption.
A special family gathering will take place on Sunday afternoon, October 28, at the unique King Barn Dairy MOOseum near Germantown to tell their family story of when more than 430 dairy farms once covered the suburban Maryland county. They’ll meet the public from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM.
Simon Peter Knill purchased the farm in 1911. His son, Charles Edgar Knill, moved to the farm in 1912, raising a family of nine children over the next four decades. Along with dairying, they grew corn, wheat, oats, and hay, as well as vegetables, poultry, and hogs. In the 1920’s, the family built a 30-stanchion milking barn, and several years later, purchased a strong steel-wheeled Farmall F-30 tractor. From the 1940’s, the farm transitioned from work horses to tractors, from hand-milking to vacuum milking, and from wheat threshing to combines. The farm is posted prominently on the MOOseum’s unique electronic map board of dairy farms.
A Knill family exhibit has been established at the MOOseum’s 1930’s dairy barn in the South Germantown Regional Park, off I-270 and Md. Rt. #118. Family members will be on hand to discuss their dairy farming heritage that has seen Montgomery County’s dairy industry dwindle to only four dairy farms still operating in the county. The MOOseum will close for the season following the Knill family open house.
Educational exhibits at the MOOseum have been designed to be of interest for all ages, and include a restored century-old milk wagon, a 1919 Model T milk truck, model trains representing rail transportation of milk, life-size models of dairy cows, Astronaut the famed Holstein bull, and samples of dairy equipment used in the county for the past 100 years. The MOOseum is open on Saturdays from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM, May through October. Admission is free, although contributions are welcome. Come meet the Knill family.
ONE OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY’S OLDEST FARMS
TO BE HONORED AT KING BARN DAIRY MOOSEUM
GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND (September 23, 2018) – One of Montgomery County’s (MD.) oldest family dairy farms will be honored on Sunday afternoon, September 23. Descendants of the C. Clifton and Ruth Veirs family will gather at the unique King Barn Dairy MOOseum in the South Germantown Regional Park to tell their story of when more than 430 dairy farms once covered the suburban Maryland county. They’ll meet the public from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. All are welcome.
The 192-acre family farm fronted on West Montgomery Avenue (Route #28) coming out of Rockville.
It was one of the largest down-county farms, with fields of corn, wheat, and hay. The family began shipping milk in 1937, with a herd of 70 grade Holsteins, with fresh milk going to Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Association. It was “Capital Milk for the Capital.”
Farming operations continued until 1960, when urban development forced sale of the farm, and it became end of an era for an old established family farm operation. The Veirs descendants will be on hand to discuss their dairy farming heritage that has seen Montgomery County’s dairy industry dwindle to only four dairy farms still operating in the county. The MOOseum is open each Saturday from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM, in addition to the special Veirs dairy farm family recognition on Sunday afternoon, September 23.
A Veirs family exhibit has been established at the MOOseum’s 1930’s dairy barn in the South Germantown Regional Park, off I-270 and Md. Rt. #118. The family story is part of the MOOseum’s continuing Sunday series to showcase how farms contributed significantly to the county’s 240-year-old history.
Educational exhibits have been designed to be of interest for all ages, and include a restored century-old milk wagon, a 1919 Model T milk truck, model trains representing rail transportation of milk, life-size dairy cows, Astronaut the famed Holstein bull, and samples of dairy equipment used in the county for the past 100 years. A unique dairy farm map pinpoints the 430 family dairy farms that once operated in the suburban county. Admission is free, although contributions are welcome. Come meet the Veirs family.
HISTORIC IMMIGRANT DAIRY FARM FAMILY
TO BE HONORED AT KING BARN DAIRY MOOSEUM
GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND (August 26, 2018) – The John Windolph family’s dairy farm was a part of Montgomery County’s (MD) agricultural history for three generations, until it succumbed to urban pressures in 2000. Descendants of the family will gather on Sunday afternoon, August 26, at the unique King Barn Dairy MOOseum to tell their story of when more than 430 dairy farms once covered the suburban Maryland county. They’ll meet the public from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM.
John Windolph and his family immigrated to the U.S. in 1898 to find their fortune. In 1930, His son, John Francis Windolph, bought a 375-acre farm along Darnestown Road (Route 28) in Dawsonville, where they produced milk, small grains, vegetables, poultry, and hogs. John Francis and his wife Emma raised two children on the family farm, and produced milk for 29 years until 1959.
During the nearly three decades, the Windolph family transitioned from work horses to a Farmall Model F-20 tractor, and from shipping milk in ten-gallon cans to a 300-gallon stainless steel bulk milk tank. Agricultural activities on the farm ended in 2000 when the farm was sold.
A Windolph family exhibit has been established at the MOOseum’s 1930’s dairy barn in the South Germantown Regional Park, off I-270 and Md. Rt. #118. Family members will be on hand to discuss their dairy farming heritage that has seen Montgomery County’s dairy industry dwindle to only four dairy farms still operating in the county. The MOOseum is open each Saturday from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM, in addition to the special dairy farm family recognition on Sunday afternoon, August 26.
Educational exhibits have been designed to be of interest for all ages, and include a restored century-old milk wagon, a 1919 Model T milk truck, model trains representing rail transportation of milk, life-size dairy cows, Astronaut the famed Holstein bull, and samples of dairy equipment used in the county for the past 100 years. A unique dairy farm map pinpoints the 430 family dairy farms that once operated in the suburban county. Admission is free, although contributions are welcome. Come meet the Windolph family.
“This is an opportunity to bring the public out to get an idea of how animal agriculture is working,” said Chris Anderson, 4-H youth development specialist. “This is a great facility here as it has many faces of the dairy industry and we get their opinions about what they saw on their tour.”
Germantown is home to a neat little museum known to all as the King Barn Dairy MOOseum. Check it out!
Come visit us in Barn 21 at the Montgomery County Fair!
Come see us at The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair-
2015 King Barn Dairy MOOseum Featured Farms Schedule
May 24 “ Walnut Farm”
Owned and operated by the Nathan and Grace Stiles
Shady Grove Road, Rockville, MD
June 28 ”Beneva Farm”
Owned and operated by David Weitzer
Sugarland Road, Poolesville, MD
July 26 “Wyndo Farm”
Owned and operated by the John and Bernice Doody
Mountain View Road, Damascus, MD
August 23 “Winding Lane Farm”
Owned and operated by Henry C. Carter
West Montgomery and Hurley Avenues (Route 28)
September 27 ”Pond View Farm”
Owned and operated by
Allie Messer and Edith Stiles Messer
Route 124, Laytonsville, MD
October 25 Garner Duvall Farm
Owned and operated by
Garner W. Duvall and Helen King Duvall
Clopper Road, Boyds, MD
The MOOseum's Latest Addition. A BEAUTIFUL Model T Ford Milk Truck!
Stop in to visit us SOON!
We open THIS Saturday, May 2nd!
Come Visit us at the Montgomery County Fair next week! We will have a huge display in Barn 13 and would LOVE to see you!!!
The MOOseum's special visitor Congressman John Delaney
2014 FEATURED FARMS
SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014 THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO JOIN IN A 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR WORLD-RENOUND HOLSTEIN DAIRY BULL, PACLAMAR ASTRONAUT!
JULY'S FEATURED FARM – Wayne Warfield and Family of Babbling Brook Farm, one of the few remaining Dairy Farms still operating in Montgomery County, will greet guests from 1:00 -4:00 pm
AUGUST’S FEATURED FARM; The Bussard Farm which was an operating dairy farm in the 30’s and 40’s and today is known as THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY AGRICULTURE PARK. On, Sunday, August 23, 2014, Debbie Lee will give a presentation about life on this farm when her grandfather milked cows there and the many events the Farm Park has to offer today.
SEPTEMBER’S FEATURED FARM: Come and visit the Leman’s who operated a dairy farm off Clopper Road, Germantown, MD. The Leman Family will greet visitors at the King Barn Dairy MOOseum on Sunday, September 27, 2014, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
OCTOBER’S FEATURED FARM: PEACE AND PLENTY FARM – operated by Joe and Nona Schwartzbeck on Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, MD until the late 60’s before selling the family farm and moving the entire operation to Carroll County where it’s become a very well known family operation today in the Holstein World. Come by and meet the Schwartzbeck’s on October 26, 2014, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
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Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Patricia Stiles and Reese Burdette (Windy Knoll View), who are both fighting in hospital right now, following a house fire which started accidentally. Patricia was airlifted to Washington Medical whilst Reese was taken to J Hopkins.
They say the love of a family knows no bounds and Patricia risked her own life to save that of her grand-daughter Reese.
We are thinking of you all as are all the Dairy fraternity that know your families. In our hearts and in our prayers.
We would like to thank ALL of the 4-H ers who joined us yesterday for the Reunion! We hope everyone enjoyed the day!
– Montgomery County’s dairy 4-H clubs will be featured at the unique King Barn Dairy MOOseum on Sunday afternoon, May 25, from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM.
It’s a gala reunion of past and present Montgomery County dairy 4-Hers, providing an opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends, meet new colleagues, and enjoy a special fun-filled afternoon program. The MOOseum is planning milking contests, butter-making, assorted games and contests, as well as a story time for children in an actual historic dairy barn.
Please pass the word to past and present Dairy 4-H Members! We are hoping for a BIG turnout and would love to see as many Dairy 4-Hers as possible!
Come out to visit us at the Montgomery County Fair starting Sunday, August 11th.
We will in Barn #13 and will be debuting a new member of our "herd"!
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New Exhibits at the MOOseum
If you can't wait until May 1, 2013 for the MOOseum to open come visit our exhibit at the Damascus Heritage Museum in Damascus, MD!!
We will have a large exhibit at the Heritage Museum until February 27, 2013 so stop by for a visit! The Heritage hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays 10bam -4 pm.
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A reminder to everyone, this Sunday is "Featured Farm Sunday"
at the King Barn Dairy MOOseum. Pleasant Meadows Farm located on Dufief Mill Road, Gaithersburg (now North Potomac) operated by Paul Mills from 1927 until 1982 is the "Featured" Farm.
The King Barn Dairy MOOseum, located in Germantown, is featuring my dad’s farm known as Pleasant Meadows or Paul Mills’ place in September. I would like to invite everyone to visit the MOOseum on September 23rd from 1 pm to 4 pm. So please mark your calendar now so you don’t forget. This will give you an opportunity to meet and visit with the Mills family, make butter, milk one of our mechanical cows if you so desire, see Eddie Burdette’s sculptured dairy herd, visit the children’s play room, or the arts and crafts room, learn the history of dairy farms located in Montgomery County. We have located and researched 376 dairy farms that were in operation, TODAY WE ONLY HAVE 5 OPERATION DAIRIES.
The MOOseum is located in the South Germantown Recreation Park on Center Circle Drive, look for a big cow barn with a bright green roof. From Germantown take RT. 118 west towards Darnestown, cross Clopper Rd. The park is about 1/2 mile past Clopper Rd. on the right. Do not use your GPS because it will send you to our office located on Waters Street.
FARMS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
MOOseum is OPEN for the 2012 season!!! Our hours are Saturdays 10-4 and the 4th Sunday of each month from 1-4.
The MOOseum may be closed but the staff is very busy. There is a display of the Jersey cow, "Betsy" and "Astronaut" the Holstein bull at Gladhill's John Deere facility on Mt. Zion Road in Frederick, MD
Just wanted to let everyone know that the MOOseum is closed for the winter. We will be re-opening on Saturday, May 5, 2012 will all kinds of new exhibits and activities. Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers for a very successful season!! See you in the spring!
FARMS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Come visit us in Barn 17 at The Montgomery County Fair August 13-20th!!
18028 Central Park Cir
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216 W Read St, Washington
13017 Wisteria Drive #395, Germantown
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19923 Fisher Ave, Poolesville
100 De Sellum Ave, Gaithersburg
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