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Silver Spring Public Library
Zachariah Waters Cemetery Complete
HAPPENING HERE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

History and Preservation Events

Silver Spring B&O Station Joined Montgomery County Heritage Days Celebration

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Rick Kantor, Courtesy of John Sery

The B&O Station was open to the public on June 29th as part of the 2024 Montgomery County Heritage Days.

Visitors listened to special guest Silver Spring Songster Rick Kanton from 1 until 3 pm. They enjoyed his signature blend of blues, rock, country, and rail songs on his electric slide, acoustic guitars, & shiny steel mandolin.

Visitors also had the opportunity to see the film “Next Stop Silver Spring” – the restoration story of our historic B&O RR Station, as aired by WETA, plus spot trains, play with a train table, marvel at a HO scale model train display, and more!

Join us for upcoming Silver Spring B&O Station Open Houses on Aug. 3, Sept. 7, and Oct. 5.

Four Montgomery County Organizations Received Heritage Project Grant Awards

MPI congratulates the National Capital Trolley Museum, Nepal Education and Cultural Center, Sugarland Ethno-History Project, Inc., and Germantown Historical Society, Inc. Learn more.

MPI Board Member Jerry McCoy Is Featured

Find out more about this historian in The Georgetowner and NBC4.

Germantown Historical Society Flea Markets Are Back for 2024

Germantown Historical Society offers opportunities for vendors and buyers 8 am – 1 pm on the 1st Saturday of every month through November. Proceeds fund programs and improvements at the historic bank. View more information.

Historic Takoma’s Reading Room Welcomes Visitors

Historic Takoma is opening its Reading Room from 1 PM – 4 PM on the first and third Sundays of each month. The Reading Room contains Historic Takoma’s reference collections and archives. Learn more.

MPI’s Gathering and Annual Meeting

Thanks to all who attended our Annual Meeting on June 8th at the Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station. It was a lovely afternoon, with a fine turnout, good conversations and refreshments, well organized displays, a fun B&O excursion film, train-watching opportunities, and nice weather. We recognized dedicated volunteers Wendy Woodland, John Sery, Marcie Stickle, and George French, and introduced our two new Board members, Kathy Lyons and Mark Edwards. The guests included County Executive Marc Elrich and staffer Debbie Spielberg.

MPI Annual Meeting 2024

Annual Meeting 2024 with Marc Elrich
Photos Courtesy of John Sery

MPI Welcomes Mark Edwards and Kathy Lyons to the Board of Directors

Find out more about Mark and Kathy and the entire Board of Directors.

MPI’s Preservation Awards

MPI is taking a year off to revisit 35 years of Awards for Historic Preservation. Contact us to offer your help in re-setting a great program into the future. The 36th Awards Ceremony will be held in Fall 2025, and nominations are being accepted now through Spring 2025.

Find out more about MPI’s Preservation Awards.

National Park Seminary in Forest Glen Offers Tours

Save Our Seminary offers tours of this unique historic place from March through November on the 4th Saturday of the month. View reservation information.

Heritage Montgomery Releases New Transportation Brochure

This large, fold-out brochure documents the extensive history of transportation within the county. Learn more about Rivers, Roads & Rails: Transportation in Montgomery County.

The Former Flower Theatre’s Facade Restoration Is Complete

MPI congratulates the Silver Spring nonprofit MHP for restoring the facade features, which hearken back to the Theatre’s original condition when it opened in 1950. Learn more.

Trail Construction and Parking for Silver Spring B&O Station

Construction of a new bridge to carry the Metropolitan Branch Hiker-Biker Trail over Georgia Ave has begun.  As part of this construction a temporary security fence has been installed across the station parking lot.  A drive-through gate will be open for MPI and station events.

Please note that because of contractor equipment using the lot, the number of available parking spaces will be limited. There is a special needs space and ramp at the station. Additional parking is available at county garage and lot #4 (8100 Fenton St.) and at the lot at 938 Philadelphia Ave.; both are one block from the station.

And, good news:  The station is available for rental events again.

Train Excursion Celebrated the 150th anniversary of The Met

Thanks to excursion riders — all 712 of you!  We heard how much you enjoyed the Memorial Day train ride from Silver Spring to Brunswick on The Met branch of the B&O Railroad.

“Wow.  Simply Wow. What a wonderful event! Our grandkids had a blast. How fun :-)”

It was a unique and wonderful trip!”

“I had a great time and it looked like everyone else did too!  I especially want to know how you made the rain stay away until after the event : )    Thank you for putting together such a cool thing for the County!”

What happens when hundreds of rail fans — from young kids to adults young at heart — board a special MARC train at six historic rail stops in Montgomery County for a daytime excursion?  All enjoyed a memorable, smoothly engineered day in the Maryland countryside, that in addition to beautiful scenery included some narrated history and geography, plus a visit to the friendly town of Brunswick. Almost half of the riders boarded at Kensington, where townspeople gathered for a full weekend of events. Many learned about the excursion from Susan Soderberg’s excellent talks on The Met’s history, architecture, and engineering feats; others heard about it from friends and neighbors in Silver Spring, Garrett Park, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown, and Dickerson.  All marveled at The Met line’s surviving historic stations and enjoyed their time in Brunswick. They returned home with a souvenir Excursion Guide and button, Heritage Days flyer, information from Operation Lifesaver, and wonderful memories. A paper copy of the Excursion Guide, which describes all of the stops in Montgomery County, is available for free at the Silver Spring station.

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Open House at the Station

Join us for the Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station Open Houses, the first Saturday of each month from 10 am – 2 pm. Admission is free. Enjoy real train spotting, toy train play set, permanent model train display, kid’s toy engine to ride, programs and pop-up displays for adults, and videos, including “Next Stop Silver Spring.” We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and guests with social distancing and masking policies that follow CDC and Montgomery County rules.

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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, designated on the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation, and protected by an easement held by the Maryland Historical Trust. Learn more about station history, open houses, and rentals.

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Getting Started?

New to historic preservation or 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 our Resources section.

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