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MPI temporarily halts programs and activities at the B&O Station

However, all is not lost!

Montgomery Preservation (MPI) is sad to announce that the historic Silver Spring B&O Station is temporarily closed, in support of our nation-wide effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. All public visits, programs, rentals, open houses, and events are postponed until further notice. Starting mid-way during the second week of March, just before the Montgomery County 2019 Historic Preservation Awards program was to happen on March 14, the seriousness of the Coronavirus pandemic rapidly became evident and this decision to continue to close necessarily follows. Safety is our prime consideration.

MPI is unable to announce a re-opening date at this time, but we can suggest ways to continue connecting with your favorite nonprofits while we all wait for better times. If you visit you’ll find convenient links to a wide variety of local, Montgomery County, and Maryland groups. Many of them have adapted to our current situation by posting on-line exhibits, recorded talks, podcasts, and more… in other words, doing what these creative groups always do so well, only now in virtual formats so they can keep up with your interests.

MPI plans to re-schedule the 2019 Awards event as soon as assembling terrific awardees, great presenters, and enthusiastic supporters is possible… hopefully late this summer. The new date will be posted as soon as it is safe to schedule firmly.

If you want to recall Awards honorees and programs from previous years, check out
And lastly for now, it’s never too early to submit your nomination for a 2020 Montgomery County Historic Preservation Award.

Meanwhile, if you have a question or need to connect with an MPI representative, you may contact us at

2019 Montgomery County Historic Preservation Awards Postponed

2019 Awardees

Roslyn farmhouse, in Brinklow – rehabilitation of historic house
Owners Tim & Julie Hussman, architects Miche Booz & Emmett Van Riper, contractor Mika Stenfors

Washington Grove Street Signs – restoration & reconstruction of historic community features
Susan Van Nostrand and Washington Grove Street Sign Volunteers

Bob Hines – training & supervising an educated workforce of student & adult volunteers for numerous archaeological projects

Loving Charity Hall, Martinsburg – reconstruction of Beneficial Society building
Warren Historic Site Committee, Inc., contractor Barry Van Riper

3940 Washington Street, Kensington — restoration of historic residence & compatible new construction
Owner Carola Alvarez, architects Miche Booz & Sebastian Foley, contractor William Herrera  

Potter Violins, Takoma Park — preservation & adaptive reuse of historic property
Owners L. Dalton Potter and James Kelly

King Barn Dairy MOOseum Map Committee — Special Achievement in Education: Dairy Farms & Family Histories in Montgomery County
King Barn Dairy MOOseum Map Committee

Julianne Mangin — documentation of, advocacy for preservation of historic Aspin Hill Pet Cemetery

Heritage Montgomery Board of Directors – enhancing the Heritage Area & facilitating excellent projects throughout Montgomery County

Royce Hanson – outstanding leadership to further the aims of historic preservation in Montgomery County

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2019 MPI recognition will include the first Michael F. Dwyer Award. In keeping with Mike’s passions for archaeology, historic resources, and sharing knowledge with young people about local history, this Award is dedicated to his high standards and many accomplishments. M-NCPPC’s first historian passed away in May 2019.

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Upcoming Open Houses

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.


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, this year on June 23 and 24. 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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