Where to learn more about Laytonsville and Montgomery County History

Laytonsville is fortunate to be near quite a few interesting museums and historical parks, which are listed here.  A more complete list of other museums and historical groups in the county is available at this site:  montgomeryhistory.org/other-sites-in-moco

Montgomery County Historical Society

The Beall-Dawson House, the Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine, and the Jane C. Sween Library

111 West Montgomery Avenue

Rockville, Maryland 20850


Complete information at montgomeryhistory.org


King Barn Dairy MOOseum

South Germantown Recreational Park

18028 Central Park Circle

Boyds, MD 20841


Complete information at mooseum.org

The MOOseum is a dairy heritage museum dedicated to interpreting the rich history of the farms, families, and related organizations and businesses of Montgomery County, MD.

Agricultural History Farm Park

18400 Muncaster Road

Derwood, MD 20855


Complete information at montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/agricultural-history-farm-park/

This scenic 455 acre park features rolling hills, open fields, an apple orchard, and a variety of farm animals. Get a unique perspective on the county’s rich farming heritage while visiting barns, historic buildings, a modern farming activity center, and other facilities at the park.

City of Gaithersburg Community Museum & Gaithersburg Historical Association

9 South Summit Avenue

Gaithersburg, MD 20877


Complete information at gaithersburgmd.gov/leisure/museums

The City of Gaithersburg’s Community Museum is located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station Complex.  The Museum features educational exhibits and programs designed to spark visitors’ interest and imagination in the City’s history.

Damascus Heritage Society Museum

Located behind the Damascus Library

9701 Main Street

Damascus, MD 20872


Complete information at dhsm.org

The mission of the Damascus Heritage Society Museum is to be the devoted curator of Damascus, Maryland history and to chronicle the historic human adventures of all its people, and to be the cultural center for Damascus, where the community and its visitors meet, create, learn, and participate in museum programs and activities.

Sandy Spring Museum

17901 Bentley Road

Sandy Spring, MD 20860


Complete information at sandyspringmuseum.org

Established in 1980 the museum is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the greater Sandy Spring community.  Through exhibits, children’s programs, lectures and special events, the museum brings to life the past for present and future generations.

Sandy Spring Slave Museum & African Art Gallery

18524 Brooke Road

Sandy Spring, MD 20860


Complete information at sandyspringslavemuseum.org

This museum features exhibits that reflect the conditions of the slave trade, living conditions of slaves, and displays of art and sculpture from across the African Diaspora.

Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park

3610 Brookeville Road

Olney, MD 20832


Complete information at www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/oakley-cabin-african-american-museum-park/

An African American roadside community lived and worked on this historic site from emancipation well into the 20th century. Their culture and traditions heavily influenced those of surrounding communities, and their story is deeply woven into Montgomery County’s rich history. At the center of this site is Oakley Cabin, which was inhabited until 1976 and now serves as a living history museum.

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

16501 Norwood Road

Sandy Spring, MD 20860

There are three separate historical experiences at Woodlawn Manor Park – the trail hike, the manor house, and the stone barn museum.

Woodlawn Manor Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hikes

Complete information at montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/woodlawn-manor-cultural-park/underground-railroad-experience-trail-hikes/

The Underground Railroad Experience Trail hike commemorates the involvement of Montgomery County residents in the Underground Railroad and celebrates the Quaker heritage and traditions of Sandy Spring, MD. This trail is also part of the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program.  Guided hikes are available on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., April – November.

Woodlawn Manor House

This Georgian-style manor house contains richly restored furnishings along with a quiet bucolic setting.

Woodlawn Museum

The Woodlawn Museum’s stone barn exhibits tell the story of a bustling farm, its community, and those who made a bold bid for freedom on the Underground Railroad. Learn about Woodlawn’s earliest residents and their neighbors. The exhibits inside the buildings, including a unique audiovisual program projected on the interior stone walls of the stone barn, pay tribute to the Quakers and Underground Railroad experience in Montgomery County.

Laytonsville Historical Center, Inc.

P.O. Box 5158

21607 Laytonsville Road

Laytonsville, MD




P.O. Box 5158
Laytonsville, MD 20882
301-869-7222 FAX

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