Olney, Brookeville and Sandy Spring …
Croissants, Chocolates and History, Too!
About 8 miles
Start your day in Sandy Spring at The French Confection Bakery, at 816 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, a family-owned bakery featuring artisinal breads and an array of pastries to go with your cup of gourmet coffee. After this promising start, cross the street, turn right and walk a block to the Sandy Spring Museum with an extensive collection of Montgomery County artifacts from its agricultural past. Children can learn about Quaker families who lived in the area as they dress up and role-play. Baseball aficionados will enjoy Jack Bentley memorabilia; a reminder of early Washington Senators days.
When you leave the museum, head to Woodlawn Manor , 16501 Norwood Road. This 18th-century brick manor house with outbuildings is surrounded by meadows and is the start of the Underground Railroad Heritage Trail . Make an appointment to explore the Sandy Spring Slave Museum at 18524 Brooke Road. This unique site features a slave clipper ship, a slave cabin, and an extensive arts pavilion.
Rounding out the museum morning is a stop at Oakley Cabin , 3610 Brookeville Road. This log structure was one of three slave dwellings built on the site in the 1820s. The cabin is much larger than other similar buildings of the period and has been restored. Ask the guide to show you fascinating photos of the cabin’s fondly remembered last occupant.
Please be sure to check all museum/heritage sites in advance to confirm hours of operation.
Traveling through the Town of Brookeville , drive down Market Street to view the Madison House (watch for the historical marker at this private residence – please do not trespass) which was the White House for a day during the War of 1812. Heading south on Georgia Avenue, notice the Brookeville Academy, circa 1810, one of the first private academies in Montgomery County, and consider dining at the Inn at Brookeville Farms 19501 Georgia Avenue. Once in Olney there are many other fine restaurants waiting for you. For more information, check the Dining section.
Next comes a major decision – to shop, exercise, or attend a performance. If you choose the first option, you may want to travel south down Georgia Avenue to Olney Antiques Village, with numerous shops under one roof and the nearby Swedish gift and antique shop, Klaradal 16644 Georgia Avenue.
Olney Theatre Center 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, has matinees on Saturday and Sunday as well as evening performances every day but Monday.
If you wish to exercise, you could swim at the Olney Swim Center 16601 Georgia Avenue, operated by Montgomery Parks, or practice your golf swing at Olney Golf Park at nearby 3414 Emory Church Road.
Overnight Driving Tours
Five comprehensive driving tours of historic Montgomery County have been prepared by the American Travel Center. All include accommodations at local inns with breakfast. Choose from the following:
Historic Homes of Montgomery County: 4 days/3 nights
Visit the Catoctin Winery, the Brighton Azalea Garden, Historic Rockville, Great Falls Tavern, take a drive through Quaker country, and more.
Before There was Washington DC: 4 days, 3 nights
Explore the Underground Railroad, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Seneca Creek Aqueduct, the Sandy Spring Slave Museum, and more.
Meandering Montgomery County’s Scenic Byways: 3 days/2 nights
Tour includes Civil War trails, the Monocacy Battlefield, White’s Ferry, etc.
A Farm Tour of Montgomery County: 3 days/2 nights
Pick your own fruit at the Homestead Farm, go organic with products from the Jeremiah-Jireh Farm, or visit other county farms or historic barns.
Montgomery County, Maryland – Naturally: 4 days/3 nights
Visit the Glenview Mansion and Gardens, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Scenic Byway, Brookside Gardens, and others.
For details, download the pdf here.