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Historic Silver Spring B&O Station Free Open House

Saturday, February 4, 2023.

Stop by to enjoy our station between 10 am and 2 pm
Drop-In activity:  Backyard Science with Clarence Hickey, 11 am – noon

8100 Georgia Avenue,
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Backyard Science – exploring the environment around you

The Brood X 17-Year Periodical Cicadas of 2021 in Montgomery County: A Look Back at What was Experienced & Learned

Speaker: Clarence Hickey, who portrays 19th century Rockville Dr. Edward E. Stonestreet at Montgomery History’s Stonestreet Museum.

The 17-year periodical cicadas emerged with great gusto in Montgomery County and the DC area, during the spring of 2021. Mr. Hickey participated in a citizen science program, using his smartphone in his backyard, to help university scientists of the Cicada Safari program to study and map the distribution of Brood X.  Program visitors can examine some of the insect specimens collected from his yard.

Note:  If winter weather threatens cancellation, phone 301-495-4915 or see MPI Facebook


Montgomery Preservation continues to prioritize the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and guests, with social distancing and a masking policy that follows CDC and Montgomery County rules. Anyone inside the building must wear a mask in consideration for vulnerable patrons and staff. Masking is optional outdoors.

Event Rentals

The station is again available to schedule your special event. Submit your rental request and questions via 

Open House and Historic Silver Spring Station in-person Community Events will continue through 2022 and beyond.  Return here for calendar listings.


Communities and volunteers along the rail line have united to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan Branch of the B & O Railroad Company, which in 1873 began service that forever changed the lives of Montgomery Countians.  Watch this space for railroad themed events, activities, programs, speakers — starting in January and building up to the anniversary month of May 2023.

Thanks to Heritage Montgomery, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, and Montgomery County Government for funding this grassroots effort coordinated by MPI

Congratulations to our 2021 Historic Preservation Awardees!

Learn more at our 2021 Awards Page

MPI Fall 2022 Newsletter is out now!

Click here to view!

Historic Preservation in Montgomery County

Open House program

Open House at the Station

MPI Open House programs at the Silver Spring B&O Railroad station the first Saturday of each month from 10 am – 2 pm.

This is a drop-in program for families. Admission is free. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

MPI will keep close watch on COVID numbers to determine on a month-by-month basis whether in-person public programs can be presented.

Please return to this webpage for updates.

In accordance with Montgomery County public policy, mask-wearing indoors is optional.

While we feel that the wearing of masks indoors is still beneficial, we are leaving that decision to our individual visitors.



Silver Spring B&O Station

The historic train station is a beloved historic landmark and a community resource. After a disastrous car accident that severely damaged the station’s main facade in 1997, MPI rescued the station and, with assistance from private and public sources, restored it to its 1945 appearance. Today this museum of 20th century rail history regularly welcomes visitors, meetings, celebrations, and the general public.

The station is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is designated on the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation, and is protected by an easement held by the Maryland Historical Trust. Visit the Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station tab for more detailed information about station history, open houses, and rentals.


Getting Started?

New to historic preservation or to how it works in Montgomery County? Visiting and learning about Montgomery County’s bountiful historic sites is a great way to start. Getting involved with any of the groups that share your interest in local historic places is the next step. Do you prefer Victorian homes, African American history, former schoolhouses, public buildings, Modernist architecture, rural cemeteries, or transportation history? Montgomery County has them all!

You can sample local history at Montgomery County Heritage Days. Check out individual groups and historic sites on the RESOURCES section of this website. And please return here to follow the (future) link to help you get started in Historic Preservation in Montgomery County!

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