Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park is a facility of Montgomery Parks, M-NCPPC. Visit Woodlawn Museum. Hike the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. In March 2018, public tours begin for the Federal Era Manor House. #WoodlawnManorPark

Wooodlawn Manor House was constructed in the early 1800s. Francis Scott Key was a visitor when the home also served as a private school. Dr. William Palmer and his son Benjamin owned the property from 1822-1919. In 1975-77 Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission purchased the property from the McKeever family and established a cultural park. Today the Manor House and it's outbuildings illustrate Montgomery County's agricultural history. The outbuildings consist of a three-story stone barn built in 1832, 19th century stone springhouse/meat house, log building which may have served as slave living quarters, and the board-and-batten tenant house. In June 2016 the Woodlawn Museum opened in the stone barn featuring interactive exhibits. Tickets to the museum, restrooms and a gift shop are available at the Visitor Center in the historic carriage house. Starting March 2018 the Woodlawn Manor House will be open for touring.

On June 22, our Tea at the Manor program returns. This month, the traditional Afternoon Tea in the parlor of Woodlawn Ma...
06/05/2019

On June 22, our Tea at the Manor program returns. This month, the traditional Afternoon Tea in the parlor of Woodlawn Manor will feature an educational presentation about Victorian Dining and Etiquette. To register, https://bit.ly/2Z6O42n

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05/27/2019
Last year's Health Freedom Celebration Walk was a huge success, so make sure you join us at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park...
05/24/2019

Last year's Health Freedom Celebration Walk was a huge success, so make sure you join us at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park on Saturday, June 8 and celebrate walking as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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On Saturday June 8, Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park will be the host of the 15th Annual Health Freedom Celebration Walk.
05/18/2019
AAHP 15th Annual Health Freedom Celebration Walk

On Saturday June 8, Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park will be the host of the 15th Annual Health Freedom Celebration Walk.

The Health Freedom Celebration Walk honors movement, fitness, and a journey towards better health. The Health Freedom: A Path to Wellness is an innovative project to promote increased physical activity and a healthier lifestyle while making creative use of Maryland’s integral role in the Undergrou...

Happy Mother's Day from Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.
05/12/2019

Happy Mother's Day from Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.

Sandy Spring Museum
05/09/2019

Sandy Spring Museum

Sandy Spring Museum's 38th Annual Strawberry Festival is officially one month away! Who's excited?! #ssmstrawberryfestival

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park offers guided house tours of Woodlawn Manor at 11am and 2pm on Fridays and Saturdays,  and ...
05/09/2019

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park offers guided house tours of Woodlawn Manor at 11am and 2pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 1pm on Sundays between the months of April and November.

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Friday, May 4 is Homeschool Day at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. This special program is full of activities to engage ho...
05/02/2019

Friday, May 4 is Homeschool Day at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. This special program is full of activities to engage homeschool students, their parents and siblings. The theme is "Play, the Work of Children". To register,https://bit.ly/2IVZx0B. Register will also be available at our Visitor Center during the event.

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The Woodlawn Museum and Visitor Center will be CLOSED on Sunday, April 21.  Feel free to enjoy our grounds and the Under...
04/21/2019

The Woodlawn Museum and Visitor Center will be CLOSED on Sunday, April 21. Feel free to enjoy our grounds and the Underground Railroad Experience Trail between sunrise and sunset.

We had a great turnout for our first Twilight Trek. Our next Twilight Trek leaves our Visitor  Center at 7pm on Saturday...
04/20/2019

We had a great turnout for our first Twilight Trek. Our next Twilight Trek leaves our Visitor Center at 7pm on Saturday, May 18. For more information, www.WoodlawnManor.org

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Heritage Montgomery
04/18/2019

Heritage Montgomery

Beautiful springtime hike yesterday with Rangers Eric and Riley, exploring Patuxent River State Park and trails we've never been on. The new Nature Center north of Brookeville is open and presenting programs – check our website calendar listings or visit bit.ly/2ZflyMR

Are the kids out of school for Spring Break?  Don't let the learning stop!  Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park is "Spring Brea...
04/16/2019

Are the kids out of school for Spring Break? Don't let the learning stop! Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park is "Spring Breaking for History". On Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday April 18, the Woodlawn Museum will be open between 11am and 3pm. In addition, guided hikes of the Underground Railroad Experience Trail will be offered at 11am, and tours of Woodlawn Manor will be offered at 2pm. For more information, www.WoodlawnManor.org.

Photos by Parks staff

Today's Hidden Treasures appraisal event was a lot of fun. There were some surprising treasures and a few items that had...
04/13/2019

Today's Hidden Treasures appraisal event was a lot of fun. There were some surprising treasures and a few items that had most of their value based on sentimental memories. We would like to our 5th generation appraiser, Mark Weschler.

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On Saturday April 20 we will launch our NEW monthly program, Twilight Trek. This is an evening version of our popular gu...
04/10/2019

On Saturday April 20 we will launch our NEW monthly program, Twilight Trek. This is an evening version of our popular guided hikes on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. Conductors provide historical context and explain techniques used to navigate the way North to freedom including the challenges and opportunities nighttime travel presented. Woodlawn Museum admission included. Participants should bring a flashlight and wear light colored or reflective clothing. To register https://bit.ly/2UsfqlV

Photo Credit - Kevin (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Was this item a "hidden treasure"? Bring in your own items to our Hidden Treasures event on this Saturday, April 13 and ...
04/08/2019

Was this item a "hidden treasure"? Bring in your own items to our Hidden Treasures event on this Saturday, April 13 and discover if you found your own "hidden treasure". An appraiser from Weschler's Auctions will be on hand beginning at 12pm. To register and review the list of items that will NOT be appraised, https://bit.ly/2OZsN78

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This weekend marks the return of our Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guide Hikes. Experience how enslaved freedom ...
04/02/2019

This weekend marks the return of our Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guide Hikes. Experience how enslaved freedom seekers traveled on the Underground Railroad network with a guided hike on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. “Conductors” provide historical context and explain techniques used to navigate the way North to freedom. Woodlawn Museum admission included. Hikes are conducted at 10am on Saturdays and the first Sunday of each month. To register, https://bit.ly/2YJClri

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We still have spaces availalbe for our Women's History Month Tour at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park on Saturday, March 30 ...
03/21/2019

We still have spaces availalbe for our Women's History Month Tour at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park on Saturday, March 30 at 10am. The tour will touch on the lives of the women and lifestyle of the women that lived at Woodlawn, including Cleorah Palmer and Mary James Mackall Palmer seated next to her husband Benjamin Palmer in the pictutre below. To register,https://bit.ly/2DeZIjI

In recognition of Women's History Month, our special Women's History Month tour will explore the lives of the women that...
03/14/2019

In recognition of Women's History Month, our special Women's History Month tour will explore the lives of the women that have called Woodlawn Manor home. We will even explore women's fashion in the 19th-Century and how it would have impacted the lives of the women of Woodlawn Manor. To register,https://bit.ly/2DeZIjI

Corset Advertisement from Wm. H. Burns & Co.

Photo Credit - Library of Congress

There are still a few seats available for our Tea at the Manor program for this upcoming Sunday, March 10. Limited same-...
03/08/2019

There are still a few seats available for our Tea at the Manor program for this upcoming Sunday, March 10. Limited same-day onsite registrations will be made available at our Visitor Center at 1:30pm on Sunday, March 10, on a first come first served basis.

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In honor of International Women's Day 2019, we would like to reintroduce you to Martha Gray Palmer, Dr. William Palmer's...
03/08/2019

In honor of International Women's Day 2019, we would like to reintroduce you to Martha Gray Palmer, Dr. William Palmer's first wife, and one of the women that will be featured in our Women's History Month Tour on Saturday, March 30. To register, https://bit.ly/2DeZIjI

#IWD2019 #WomensHistoryMonth #BalanceforBetter

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Spring is on the way, and Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park is thrilled to share our listing of events for this Spring 2019. ...
03/06/2019

Spring is on the way, and Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park is thrilled to share our listing of events for this Spring 2019. For more details, visit www.WoodlawnManor.org.

What a great day at Seven Locks Elementary School. Today we presented our Reaching for Freedom outreach program to all 3...
03/04/2019

What a great day at Seven Locks Elementary School. Today we presented our Reaching for Freedom outreach program to all 3 through 5 grade students.

Photo credit - Parks Staff

03/01/2019

Two years ago we had a visit from our friends at National Public Radio, and we provided them a miniature version of a guided hike on our Underground Railroad Experience Trail.

In recognition of Women's History Month, our Tea at the Manor on Sunday, March 10 will feature a "proper cup of tea" and...
02/28/2019

In recognition of Women's History Month, our Tea at the Manor on Sunday, March 10 will feature a "proper cup of tea" and discussion about the “Farmerette and Suffragette” movement in Maryland during World War I. Susan B Anthony, pictured below, was instrumental in the Women's Suffrage movement. Advanced registration ends on Monday, March 4. To register https://bit.ly/2Gvdq40

Photo Credit - Library of Congress

On Wednesday, February 27 at 7pm our History Hour lecture series will feature the life of Reverend Josiah Henson. It wil...
02/23/2019

On Wednesday, February 27 at 7pm our History Hour lecture series will feature the life of Reverend Josiah Henson. It will follow his journey from being an enslaved boy, to being the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe's book, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and meeting the Queen of England. To register,https://bit.ly/2E7mgCh

Photo Credit - Library of Congress

We still have space available to attend our Black History Month Walking Tour on Saturday, February 22 at 10am. To regist...
02/21/2019

We still have space available to attend our Black History Month Walking Tour on Saturday, February 22 at 10am. To register, https://bit.ly/2SfboHj.

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park has an exciting month of programs during the month of February, to celebrate Black History Month. For more information, www.WoodlawnManor.org.

Highland Beach, Maryland (1893- ) • BlackPast
02/21/2019
Highland Beach, Maryland (1893- ) • BlackPast

Highland Beach, Maryland (1893- ) • BlackPast

Highland Beach, Maryland, the oldest of the major black resort towns, was founded along the western shore of Chesapeake Bay in 1893 by Charles and Laura Douglass. Charles Douglass was the son of prominent abolitionist and 19th century civil rights activist Frederick Douglass. Major Charles … Read ...

Happy Presidents' Day from Montgomery Parks and Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.
02/18/2019

Happy Presidents' Day from Montgomery Parks and Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.

Mary James Mackall married Benjamin Palmer, the eventual owner of Woodlawn Manor in 1879. She was one of the women that ...
02/15/2019

Mary James Mackall married Benjamin Palmer, the eventual owner of Woodlawn Manor in 1879. She was one of the women that played a big role in the history of Woodlawn Manor. Come to our Women's History Month Walking Tour, and discover more about the women of Woodlawn Manor. Register at https://bit.ly/2DeZIjI

Photo Credit - Sandy Spring Museum

Happy Valentine's Day from Montgomery Parks and Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.Photo Credit - Parks Staff
02/14/2019

Happy Valentine's Day from Montgomery Parks and Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.

Photo Credit - Parks Staff

Join us for our Tea at the Manor program on Sunday, March 10 and enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea in the parlor of Wood...
02/09/2019

Join us for our Tea at the Manor program on Sunday, March 10 and enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea in the parlor of Woodlawn Manor featuring an educational presentation about the “Farmerette and Suffragette” movement in Maryland during World War I. To register, https://bit.ly/2Gvdq40

Photo Credit - Library of Congress

Little Known Black History Fact: The Colored Hockey League
02/04/2019
Little Known Black History Fact: The Colored Hockey League

Little Known Black History Fact: The Colored Hockey League

The Colored Hockey League of Maritimes in Nova Scotia was formed in 1894 across the provinces of Canada. This was 22 years before the National Hockey League. The first all-black ice hockey league h…

Montgomery Parks
02/01/2019

Montgomery Parks

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park features special programming for Black History Month!

We hope to see you at:

Family Day - Saturday, February 9
Winter Walking Tour - Saturday, February 23
History Hour - Wednesday, February 27

Learn more and register: http://ow.ly/Jyoi30nxFQe.

Image: A group of visitors and a tour guide stand in front of Woodlawn Manor.

#BlackHistoryMonth

While our Tea at the Manor program was an adult event, our Black History Month Family Day on February 9, is designed for...
01/29/2019

While our Tea at the Manor program was an adult event, our Black History Month Family Day on February 9, is designed for the entire family.

Looking for a day of hands-on activities for the kids? Curious about how the seeds of African culture and history, blended and blossomed to become part of everyday Americana? Bring the family to our Black History Month Family Day on Saturday, February 9 for hands-activities and stories. To register, https://bit.ly/2C79Ien

Photo credit - Parks Staff

We had a great turnout at our Tea at the Manor program today.  Everyone enjoyed our Woodlawn Manor Blend Tea and the del...
01/26/2019

We had a great turnout at our Tea at the Manor program today. Everyone enjoyed our Woodlawn Manor Blend Tea and the delicious treats.

Photo by Parks Staff

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park has an exciting month of programs during the month of February, to celebrate Black History ...
01/24/2019

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park has an exciting month of programs during the month of February, to celebrate Black History Month. For more information, www.WoodlawnManor.org.

Great turnout at today's volunteer open house. If you are interested in volunteering at one of our historic sites, go to...
01/19/2019

Great turnout at today's volunteer open house. If you are interested in volunteering at one of our historic sites, go to www.ParksVolunteers.org

Photo by Parks Staff

Mary Church Terrell was one of the first African-American women to earn a college degree. After receiving her degree fro...
01/19/2019

Mary Church Terrell was one of the first African-American women to earn a college degree. After receiving her degree from Oberlin College, she taught at the first African American public high school in the United States, and later served on the school board for Washington, DC. She was also a supporter of women's suffrage. Learn more about the "Farmerette and Suffragette" movements at our Tea at the Manor on Sunday, March 10.

Photo Credit - LIbrary of Congres

Cleorah Palmer, the second wife of Dr. WIlliam Palmer, owner of Woodlawn Manor, brought about major changes to this work...
01/17/2019

Cleorah Palmer, the second wife of Dr. WIlliam Palmer, owner of Woodlawn Manor, brought about major changes to this working plantation. Come to our Women's History Month Tour on Saturday, March 30 and learn about the wave of influence by the women of Woodlawn. Registraion opens on February 11,h ttps://bit.ly/2DeZIjI
#WomensWave

Photo Credit - Sandy Spring Museum

Looking for a day of hands-on activities for the kids? Curious about how the seeds of African culture and history, blend...
01/16/2019

Looking for a day of hands-on activities for the kids? Curious about how the seeds of African culture and history, blended and blossomed to become part of everyday Americana? Bring the family to our Black History Month Family Day on Saturday, February 9 for hands-activities and stories. To register, https://bit.ly/2C79Ien

Photo credit - Parks Staff

Montgomery Parks
01/14/2019

Montgomery Parks

UPDATE (Monday, 10 pm)

Montgomery Parks' facilities return to normal operating hours Tuesday, January 15.

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(12:40 pm) Capital Crescent Trail is open!

Our natural surface trails are also open, but use caution. Please know that not all parking lots are plowed.
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(7:45 am) ALL Montgomery Parks' facilities and administrative offices are CLOSED today because of weather.

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(3:15 am) Montgomery Parks’ offices and facilities will open on time Monday, except the following:

* Cabin John Ice Rink will open at 7:30 am.
* Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Facility and Wheaton Indoor Tennis will open at 9 am.

#MDWX #Snurlough(

On February 9, we will be hosting our Black History Month Family Day at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. This family friend...
01/11/2019
Family Day - Black History Month

On February 9, we will be hosting our Black History Month Family Day at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. This family friendly program will included hands-on activities and stories, that show the history and evolution of African American culture. To register, https://bit.ly/2C79Ien

Our Tea at the Manor program on Saturday, January 26 will talk about the 19th China Trade which included not only the im...
01/10/2019

Our Tea at the Manor program on Saturday, January 26 will talk about the 19th China Trade which included not only the importation of tea, but of the porcelain dishes used to serve the tea. To register, go to https://bit.ly/2AhFqnO

Photo Credit - Parks Staff

50 Under The Radar Museums, Attractions and Tours in Mid-Atlantic USA
01/09/2019
50 Under The Radar Museums, Attractions and Tours in Mid-Atlantic USA

50 Under The Radar Museums, Attractions and Tours in Mid-Atlantic USA

Travel Desk and Land-Claim Cross owned by Christopher Columbus, Boal Mansion Boalsburg PA The Getaway Mavens take pride in finding the most obscure, insider’y, behind the scenes places in the Northeast USA, and this year was a bonanza in the Mid-Atlantic States. See Harleys being made, gape at the...

As part of Montgomery Parks' deer management program,  Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park and the Underground Railroad Experie...
01/04/2019

As part of Montgomery Parks' deer management program, Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park and the Underground Railroad Experience Trail, will be closed, intermittently and as necessary, during the months of January – March from 6:00PM – 6:00AM, on Monday-Friday. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/2R5R0wA.

Two parks are temporarily closed this week for our annual deer population management operation.

Those parks and the date closures are:

Friday, January 4 - Woodstock Equestrian Park, Beallsville
Saturday, January 5 - Hoyles Mill Conservation Park, Boyds

Learn more: http://ow.ly/pCQI30lm6SL.

Image: Deer in silhouette on the horizon.

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16501 Norwood Rd
Sandy Spring, MD
20860

General information

MUSEUM- fee required OPEN April - November Friday & Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm CLOSED Easter, Thanksgiving, December – March MANOR HOUSE – Open by guided tour only, March - December TRAIL & GROUNDS Open year-round, sunrise to sunset- no fee

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