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OPEN HOUSE  AT HISTORIC SILVER SPRING B&O RAILROAD STATION 
Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station Open House
8100 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD, 20910
301-495-4915
First Saturday of the Month. 10am-2pm
Family Friendly Event, All Ages!
  • Dec 3 – Live Music!

Saturday, December 3, 2022. 10am – 2pm.
Live Music With Silver Spring Troubadour Rick Kanton & Musician Rob “Powerhouse” Johnson
Train Songs, Holiday Season Songs, Sing Along Songs! Request Songs!  For All Ages, Family Friendly!
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 our “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!

Families enjoyed Open House at the Station on June 4!

The next Open House is scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd!

B&O STATION SAFETY MEASURES

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 rentals@montgomerypreservation.org 

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

MPI Fall 2022 Newsletter is out now!

Click here to view!

AWARDS MOVIE, LINK TO PRESENTATIONS

Historic Kensington Armory was the scene of the first in-person Historic Preservation Awards since March 2019. Thanks to Mayor Tracey Furman and Town staff for hosting us, and to all attendees, nominators, judges, and other volunteers who collaborated in the event’s success. Special acclaim goes to co-producers Sandy Heiler and Kathie Mack for assembling recorded testimonies, photos, music, and presenters into a stunning movie that captures excellence in preservation and inspires others to undertake their own projects.

The 2021 Awards Movie can be seen by clicking the red box below and also on Montgomery Municipal Cable at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGott5ghSVo

If you only have a minute now, check out this teaser: https://www.montgomerypreservation.org/mpi-2021-awards-trailer/

As you travel around Montgomery County and are aware of other notable projects and people who should be recognized, consider nominating one for the 2022 awards.  The nomination form can be accessed here.

Congratulations to the 2021 awardees:

  • “The Folly” in Chevy Chase, for exterior restoration of an historic mansion and addition of a compatible pavilion, to owner Adrienne Arsht
  •  Wayne Goldstein Award, for preservation advocacy on behalf of Morningstar Tabernacle No. 88 Moses Cemetery in Cabin John, to Friends of Moses Hall
  • Michael F. Dwyer Award, for rehabilitation and preservation of the historic Montevideo Road Bridge in Poolesville, to Montgomery County Department of Transportation
  • Meem house in Gaithersburg, for exterior restoration of an historic residence, to former owner LeAnn Feiss and current owners Amy and Jarin Lopez
  • Woodend Sanctuary and Mansion in Chevy Chase, for installation of accessible walkways through the woods and around the mansion, to 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 Rev. Gerard, Jason, and Kisha Green
  • Basil & Nancy Dorsey site at Sugarland, for an archaeological study of the historic home site, to Tara Tetreault, Suzanne Johnson, and Sugarland Ethno-History Project
  • The Montgomery Prize for more than three decades of contributions to local and state history and preservation, to Susan Cooke Soderberg, of Germantown

150th anniversary of Rail Service in Montgomery County

Look here for information on celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan Branch of the B & O Railroad Company, which began service in May 1873.  Communities along the rail line will offer railroad-themed events, activities, programs, speakers — starting later this fall and building up to the anniversary month of May 2023.

 

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.

 

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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, 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.

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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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