My family and I recently visited the Oakley Cabin in Brookeville, MD
18th Annual Montgomery County Heritage Days This Weekend, June 27 & 28
Although storms are predicted for this weekend, rain cannot keep our area’s history down!
Each year, Heritage Montgomery hosts the annual Heritage Days Celebration on the last weekend in June. This countywide festival offers us families the chance to explore and learn all over Maryland’s Montgomery County. Learn about local history as it applies to agriculture, African-American communities, transportation, astronomy and local arts. Many venues offer musical entertainment, activities and crafts for children and refreshments.
All celebrations? Totally free!
My family and I visited the Oakley Cabin African American History Farm and Park two weeks ago, a site where a free African American family lived. The historic site now hosts periodic re-enactments with a Black history perspective. Unfortunately, the cabin is too small to hold storytellers and musicians indoors when Saturday storms hit so the event there planned for Saturday has been canceled. However, this site is a great place to visit on days that it is opened by park rangers (the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 12:00 – 4:00 pm with free guided tours, April through October), although my family and I looking forward to the next historic celebration held there.
Some of my favorites ….
Saturday and Sunday
Boyds Negro School
19510 White Ground Road, Boyds
This one-room structure was the sole public school for African American children in the Boyds area from 1895-1936. Children’s activities include calligraphy, button necklace craft, marbles, and horseshoes.
Button Farm Living History Center
16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown
See examples of plantation life in 1850s Maryland including an heirloom garden, heritage breed animals, newly restored period buildings and a slave cemetery. Demonstrations, petting zoo, and Underground Railroad passport activities for visitors of all ages.