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September - October Calendar

September is Underground Railroad Month in Maryland!

As Gov. Larry Hogan proclaimed September ‘International Underground Railroad Month,’ Montgomery County sites are ready to celebrate.

Button Farm, a living history site on the grounds of Seneca Creek State Park in Germantown, will hold its third annual Harriet Tubman Day on September 17.  Other local UGRR sites include Historic Jesup Blair Park in Silver Spring, the UGRR experience trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park in Sandy Spring, the Red Brick Courthouse in Rockville, and of course Josiah Henson Historic Park on Old Georgetown Road.

Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station Open House, Sat. Oct. 1st, Free!
8100 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD, 20910, 301-495-4915
First Saturday of the Month. 10am-2pm,
Family Friendly Event, All Ages!
  • Oct 1 – Under the Outside Canopy! Live Music!
  • Nov 5 – N Gauge Modular Railroad Displays Created by BANTRAK !
Take a self-guided tour outside and inside the historic Station. Metro and Freight “Train Spot” under the Station’s rear canopy! Walk through the building breezeway and enjoy HO Scale Model train display, rail photos, station manager’s ticket box office, 1945 lighted telephone booth, and memorabilia of your original Downtown Silver Spring!

During MPI Open Houses, Anyone inside the building must wear a Mask in consideration for vulnerable patrons and staff of All Ages. Outdoors, Masking is optional.

This Station is a Montgomery County Historic Site and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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.

2021 Montgomery County Historic Preservation Awards to be presented in October

MPI is thrilled to announce that the 2021 Awards will be presented soon in a special hybrid format! Co-producers Sandy Heiler and Kathie Mack are working closely with official presenters, knowledgeable witnesses, and deserving awardees to record their testimonies and stories, accompanied by lots of photographs. The resulting movie will be shown in person on Friday, October 28, and be available to home viewers as well. Thereafter, the 2021 Awards movie will be available on YouTube through a link on this website.

Click on this Link to see the movie trailer with a teaser for each of the eight stellar 2021 awards.

  • “The Folly” in Chevy Chase, for exterior restoration of an historic mansion and addition of a compatible gazebo, to owner Adrienne Arsht
  • Wayne Goldstein Award, for Preservation Advocacy on behalf of Morningstar Tabernacle No. 88 Cemetery in Cabin John, to Friends of Moses Hall
  • Michael F. Dwyer Award, for rehabilitation and preservation of the historic Montevideo Bridge in Poolesville, to the Montgomery County Department of Transportation
  • Meem house in Gaithersburg, for exterior restoration of an historic residence, to former owner Leanne Feiss and current owners Amy and Jarin Lopez
  • Woodend Sanctuary and Mansion in Chevy Chase, for installation of historically appropriate, accessible walkways through the woods and around the mansion, to the Audubon Naturalist Society
  • County Executive’s Award for restoration of the Pleasant View Historic Site in Quince Orchard and the resulting documentary Finding Fellowship” to Jason, Gerald, Keisha, and Pearl Green, and Imani Cheers 
  • Basil and Nancy Dorsey site at Sugarland, for an archaeological study of a historic home site, to Tara Tetreault and the Sugarland Ethno-History Project
  • The Montgomery Prize for 30 years of contributions to local and state history and preservation, to Susan Cooke Soderberg, of Germantown


The Folly, Chevy Chase
Morningstar Tabernacle No.88 cemetery
Montevideo Bridge
Meem house, Gaithersburg
Woodend Sanctuary
Rev. Green & Jason Green
Dorsey Homestead dig, Sugarland
Susan Cooke Soderberg

African American Historic Cemeteries report delivered to Maryland General Assembly

The Maryland Historical Trust and Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture recently submitted their report on historic African American cemeteries to the Maryland General Assembly. Developed with the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites, Preservation Maryland, and descendant communities, and based on feedback gathered from the public, this report documents the state of African American cemetery preservation in Maryland and makes recommendations to help safeguard these irreplaceable sites for the future.
Read it HERE!

MPI Spring 2022 Newsletter is out now!

Click here to view!

Families enjoyed Open House at the Station on June 4!

Next Open House is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Open House program

Open House Program

MPI Open House programs at the Silver Spring B&O Railroad station the first Saturday of each month from 10 am – 3 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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