Open House Saturday, December 5, 2015, 10am - 3pm

Special events: BANTRAK model railroad club, 70th Anniversary Silver Spring Railroad Station! 70 years ago -- on December 16, 1945, the new Silver Spring B&O Station opened for business! The handsome brick Colonial Revival building replaced the original station built in 1878 on the new Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad. By the 1930s, the small town of Silver Spring in rural Montgomery County had expanded into one of the B&O's busiest suburban stops in the nation. The traditional exterior architecture opened to modern interior amenities such as storage lockers, an expansive waiting room with chrome furniture, fluorescent lights, handsome ticket counter, even a telephone booth! Restored to its 1945 condition, today the Silver Spring station is an icon in Downtown Silver Spring that welcomes visitors of all ages, enthralling railway fans and history enthusiasts in a friendly atmosphere.

Help us celebrate the 70th anniversary of the opening (December 16, 1945) of Silver Spring's Baltimore & Ohio passenger station with the cutting of a special birthday cake on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at TIME TO BE DETERMINED. A special exhibit about the history of the station will debut.

Open House Saturday, January 2, 2016, 10am - 3pm

Welcome in the New Year at the station with warmth, seasonal decorations, music, refreshments, trains, and history!

Free open house on the first Saturday of the month January – December, 10 am to 3 pm, weather permitting. (No events held July 4th weekend) Montgomery Preservation and Silver Spring Historical Society sponsor this family-friendly event to introduce the community to this National Register historic building. Enjoy HO scale model railroad, RR photos, perfect location for train spotting! Free refreshments are provided. Limited on-site parking is available. Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station
8100 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland.


Montgomery Preservation invites Nominations for 2015 Historic Preservation Awards now

The annual Montgomery County Historic Preservation Awards honor individuals and groups who, through personal or community efforts, have made significant contributions to the preservation of Montgomery County’s historic resources and landscapes. These awards present an opportunity for community and civic organizations, as well as individuals, to recognize significant preservation activities in all parts of Montgomery County.

The deadline for submitting nominations for 2015 Montgomery County Awards for Historic Preservation is December 31, 2015.

Awards will be presented on Friday, March 25, 2016, at the Sandy Spring Museum, co-host for this event.

For more information, see the nomination form here or email

Nominations should be submitted as an electronic file via email to or by post to PO Box 4661, Rockville, MD, 20849.

Click here to download the nomination form


Historic Preservation Month

Historic Preservation Month Riemer Group 2015
The many organizations dedicated to preserving the history of Montgomery County, its towns and cities were recognized on May 11 by the County Council in ceremonies declaring May as “Historic Preservation Month.” The organizations and their members oversee the identification, designation and preservation of historic sites and buildings throughout the County. Councilmember Hans Riemer presented a proclamation on behalf of the Council.


2014 Montgomery County Awards for Historic Preservation

MPI Awards Group Photo
County Executive Isiah Leggett posed with winners of 2014 Montgomery County Awards for Historic Preservation at the historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station. The awards were presented on March 27 by Montgomery Preservation Inc. to individuals and organizations who restored, renovated, or rescued historic resources and to nonprofit groups who created outstanding educational programs and events. Awardees hailed from Brookeville, Darnestown, Takoma Park, Kensington, Olney, Rockville, Washington Grove, and Forest Glen.
Photograph by Dean Evangelista.

Bennet And Leggett
Meakin and Tucker Bennett, who restored historic Montanverde, an early 19th country house in Darnestown, received kind words and a plaque from County Executive Isiah Leggett at the 2014 Montgomery County Awards for Historic Preservation on March 27 at the Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station. The Bennetts were the first of 12 recipients recognized by Montgomery Preservation, Inc. for their rescue and stewardship of historic resources or for educational events and programs. This is the 27th year that MPI has honored property owners, nonprofits, architects, and artisans for excellence in preserving history and historic places.
Photograph by Dean Evangelista.

The owners of Montanverde received a 2014 Award for Historic Preservation for rescue and restoration of this c.1812 country house built by Major George Peter in Darnestown.
Photograph by Meakin Bennett.

Click here to view the full awards program.






Montgomery Preservation and the Metropolitan Branch Trail
MPI has been misunderstood and misquoted about its efforts over nearly 15 years to accommodate the planned Metropolitan Branch Hiker-Biker Trail as it passes through Silver Spring, parallel to and across Georgia Avenue and through our property. MPI has always welcomed this public amenity, but never with the expectation that to do so might put us out of business. This summary is written to clarify the facts and provide accurate information regarding MPI and the proposed Trail.
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Letter to County Executive Leggett and Council President Leventhal, July 27, 2015 from MPI President Eileen McGuckian
I write on behalf of Montgomery Preservation, Inc. (MPI) to request reversal of your stated intention of unilaterally removing the Confederate statue from Courthouse Square at this time...
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Letter to Council President Leventhal and Members of the County Council, March 2, 2015 from MPI President Eileen McGuckian
Montgomery Preservation (MPI) is deeply troubled with recent proposals initiated by the County Council that will adversely affect two of Montgomery County’s most sacred landmarks..... the 1891 Red Brick Courthouse and the 1931 Grey Courthouse. ...
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2014 Montgomery County Awards for Historic Preservation presented on March 27
Eleven Montgomery County individuals, businesses, and nonprofit groups celebrated their Awards for Historic Preservation recently at the historic Silver Spring B&O Station. On March 27, an overflow audience applauded as each recipient described their rescue and restoration of a historic resource or the educational programs and advocacy that helped the public to appreciate local history’s vital role in our sense of community. ...
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Support MPI

There are many ways you can support MPI's preservation efforts. Become a member of MPI or donate to the Wayne Goldstein Memorial Fund or the Robert P. Davis Memorial Fund.