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Local sites to be part of nearly 40 county stops on 21st Heritage Days tour –

Local sites to be part of nearly 40 county stops on 21st Heritage Days tour

Heritage Montgomery’s Heritage Days will return for the 2st year June 23-24, highlighting the county’s history and culture through programs and activities designed for visitors of all ages and interests.
While the 38 attractions span the county, several of the participating sites are in Olney and surrounding areas, showcasing its rich history with African-American and Quaker roots.
Participating organizations will offer special activities in addition to their regular programs, including live music, demonstrations, children’s activities and refreshments.
Admission is free. All sites will be open from noon to 4 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
For more information, including full list of participating sites and tour ideas based on themes and locales, go to www.heritagemontgomery.org/events/heritage-days/.

Local sites participating in Heritage Days:

Brookeville Academy — Open June 23 and 24 — 5 High St. in Brookeville. Go to www.TownofBrookevilleMD.org or call 301-570-4465.

Learn about Brookeville’s history during the War of 1812 and life in the early 1800s. Meet at Brookeville Academy, where the documentary “Capital for a Day” will be shown on continuous loop. Walking tours of the town will originate there and end at The Madison House, which sheltered President James Madison and his party when Washington’s public buildings, including the White House, had been burned during the War of 1812. The Madison House will be open for tours.

Sandy Spring Slave Museum — Open June 23 at 11 a.m. and June 24 2-5 p.m. — 18524 Brooke Road, Sandy Spring. Go to www.SandySpringSlaveMuseum.org or call 301-774-4066.

View African and African-American art and artifacts in the Great Hall; a clipper ship cross-section, log cabin and African hut arts pavilion tell the stories of the rich African-American heritage. Sunday: live performance will celebrate the heritage of black music.

Woodlawn Museum — Open June 23 and June 24 — 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring. Go to www.HistoryintheParks.org or call 301-929-5989.

Exhibits in the restored 1832 barn highlight local agricultural, Quaker, and African-American history. Guided tours, hands-on activities for families, games for children

National Capital Trolley Museum — Open June 23 and 24 until 5 p.m. — 1313 Bonifant Road, Colesville. Go to www.DCTrolley.org or call 301-384-6088.

Guided tours of the Street Car Hall, “Streetcars Go to the Movies” video and Rock Creek Railway model. Two special exhibits, “Civil War Streetcars” and “Gilded Age Streetcars,” celebrate the beginning of service in the nation’s capital. Ride vintage trolley cars for two miles through Northwest Branch Park.

Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park — Open June 23 only — 3610 Brookeville Road, Brookeville. Park at Longwood Local Park, 19300 Georgia Ave. Shuttle provided. Go to www.HistoryintheParks.org or call 301-650-4373.

Tour the restored log cabin, home to African-American tenant families during the late 1800s. Storytellers, guided tours, hands-on activities for families, games for children, live music.

Odd Fellows Lodge — Open Saturday only — 1308 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Sandy Spring. Go to OddFellowsLodge.org or [email protected].

Visit the newly renovated historic lodge, a site for worship, social activities and education used by the local African-American community since the early 1900s. Performances of modern jazz by the Grant Langford Quartet at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Thomas Mill — Open Saturday only — Market Street and Brighton Dam Road, Brookeville. Go to www.historyintheParks.org or call 301-650-4373.

Discover Brookeville’s early history, explore the mill ruins and see artifacts recovered from recent archaeological investigations while learning about Montgomery County’s milling past. Children can make their own grindstone and other crafts.

Agricultural History Farm Park — Open Saturday only at 11 a.m. —18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood. Go to www.HistoryintheParks.org or 301-840-5120.

From growing tobacco in colonial Maryland to using gas-powered farm equipment in the 20th century, join in a hands-on exploration of nearly 300 years of Montgomery County agricultural history. Costumed historians, children’s activities and farm animals.

Olney Theatre Center — Open Saturday only — 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Go to OlneyTheatre.org or call 301-924-3400.

Tours of the theatrical arts campus dating to 1938 will be offered at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Sandy Spring Museum — Open Sunday only at 11 a.m. — 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Go to www.SandySpringMuseum.org or call 301-774-0022.

A bluegrass jam and hands-on activities for children.

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