Uncle Tom's Cabin

Henson and his family probably did not live in the log kitchen, but more likely in the slave quarters elsewhere on the farm from 1795 to 1823. In 1828, he led his family to freedom in Canada from the Riley Farm in Kentucky via the Underground Railway. His autobiography was used by Harriet Beecher Stowe to create her main character, Uncle Tom. Other identifiable Countians were in her book, notably Bryce Lytton as Simon Legree. Lytton was a Rockville man, who served as County Sheriff.

Uncle Tom The farmhouse is dated from the early 19th century and has a somewhat later log kitchen. It is not a grand mansion like Tara in Gone With the Wind, but a typically modest Montgomery County plantation house. It presents a rare chance to understand and interpret this tragic and bloody era when slavery was a "necessary evil," morally rejected by many in a dispute that led to the U.S. Civil War. It is equally unique for its connection and inspiration to this notable and influential piece of American literature. MPI appreciates the Council's wise investment in 2006 and has asked the Planning Board to approve the master plan.

You can read more about Uncle Tom's Cabin on the Montgomery Parks' page on the Josiah Henson Special Park.

 

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The October 3, 2010 Washington Post story: After buying historic home, Md. officials find it wasn't really Uncle Tom's Cabin

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