Learn about Maryland Sustainable Communities Tax Credit

Hisotric Takoma offers a free workshop for property owners to learn about how to apply for tax credits for renovation work. The program will be led by historic preservation staff from the Maryland Historical Trust and the Montgomery County Planning Department, and provide information on financial incentives for renovating or rehabilitating historic buildings that was expanded this year to help owners of small businesses in designated Sustainable Communities repair and improve their historic structures as well as homeowner tax credit, both of which can be bundled with county tax credits. (See Map of Montgomery County's Sustainable Communities.)

Workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 18 at Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park from 7-9pm.
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Watch “Community Cornerstones” on County Cable Montgomery This Week!

 Heritage Montgomery’s documentary film, “Community Cornerstones: African American Communities in Montgomery County, Maryland” will be shown the first week of November on County Cable Montgomery (CCM): Comcast/RCN Channel 6 and Verizon Channel 30.

Between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, 40 African American churches were constructed in Montgomery County.  In these cornerstones of their communities, generations of African American families created their own spiritual, social, and educational opportunities. 

“Community Cornerstones,” an hour-long documentary, presents reminiscences by elders from five historic African American churches.  Taken together, their words explain how these communities developed, illustrate life in segregated times, and convey their pride in the accomplishments of their ancestors.  Because music is such an integral part of the African American experience, choirs associated with each featured church perform on the soundtrack.

Viewing Schedule:

Wednesday, November 5 at 10pm

Thursday, November 6 at 9:30am

Friday, November 7 at 9pm

Saturday, November 8 at 9:30am and 9pm 

To purchase a copy of “Community Cornerstones” and an accompanying musical CD, “Songs of Praise: The Choirs of Community Cornerstones,” visit the Gift Shop page under the About Us tab above.

posted 11/3/14

Maryland Emancipation Day 150!

Saturday, November 1 &

Sunday, November 2, 2014


A new state constitution freed enslaved people living in Maryland on November 1, 1864.  Join Heritage Montgomery, Montgomery Parks, and our partner sites as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Maryland Emancipation Day.  Bring your family to enjoy special commemorative programs, food, games & crafts, and music at sites around Montgomery County!  Programs are FREE unless otherwise noted.

Beall-Dawson Historical Park

Saturday, Nov. 1 – noon to 4pm

103 West Montgomery Avenue, Rockville

/ 301-340-2825

Emancipation Day at the Beall-Dawson House and Stonestreet Museum of 19th-Century Medicine will feature music by Washington Revels Jubilee Voices (12:30, 1:30, & 2:30pm) and historic re-enactors including “President Lincoln;” and “Ann Maria Weems” (an enslaved Rockville girl who escaped to freedom via the Underground Railroad).  Local residents will share stories of their forebears who were enslaved in Montgomery County at 1:30 & 2:30pm; exhibits of documents and artifacts. 

Button Farm Living History Center

Saturday, Nov. 1 – noon to 4pm

16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown / 301-916-7090

Emancipation Day at Button Farm, a living history center showing daily plantation life of the enslaved during the 1800s, offers an afternoon of fun for the whole family, rain or shine!  Bring a picnic and hear emancipation stories and histories, storyteller Diane Macklin, children’s games (offered by Boyds Negro School), butter churning (King Barn Dairy MOOseum), music, hands-on crafts, sack races, horse shoes, corn hole and more!  An African American genealogist will offer tips and recommend resources for families researching their past.  

Harper Cabin at Brookside Nature Center 

Saturday, Nov. 1 & Sunday, Nov. 2 – 1 to 4pm

1400 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton

/ 301-962-1480

Open house at this 19th-century log cabin depicting the life of newly emancipated African American families in the late 1800s: “One Family’s Journey to Success.”  Learn the part apples and other crops played in preparing for the coming winter: Apple cider pressing, corn grinding, preparing crops for storage, cooking with corn, honey gathering, seed mosaics, games and crafts, and more! 

Josiah Henson Park

Sunday, Nov. 2 – noon to 4pm

11420 Old Georgetown Road, N. Bethesda

/ 301-650-4373

Tour the historic Riley farm where Rev. Josiah Henson was enslaved from 1795 to 1830.  Henson’s 1849 autobiography inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  Tours at noon, 1 and 2pm. Emancipation Day program, 3-4pm, featuring a re-enactment of an 1860s-era debate, “The Question of Maryland’s Secession,” followed by a performance by Washington Revels Jubilee Voices.  Parking only across the street at Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Blvd.

Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park

Saturday, Nov. 1 – noon to 4pm

3610 Brookeville Road, Olney

/ 301-650-4373

The 18th annual Emancipation Day at Oakley Cabin features tours, hearth-cooking demonstrations, crafts & games, an archaeology dig, presentations by living history reenactors, and live music at this site that was home to African American tenant families in the late 1800s. Emancipation Day Program, 2-3:30pm. Parking only at Longwood Local Park, 19300 Georgia Ave with shuttle vans to Oakley Cabin.

Sandy Spring Museum

Saturday, Nov. 1 – 10am to 5pm

Sunday, Nov. 2 – noon to 5pm

17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring

/ 301-774-0022

$5 admission fee

Saturday, 2pm: “Emancipation Proclamation: 150 Years Later.”  An oral history performance featuring Harriet Lynn of the Heritage Theatre Artists’ Consortium and six area residents who will share their personal stories and insights on the 150th anniversary of Maryland emancipation; music, poetry, and intriguing tales from past to present.

Sunday: visit this museum that chronicles local Quaker and African American history in one of the oldest sustained communities of African American landowners in the nation.

Sandy Spring Slave Museum 

Saturday, Nov. 1 – noon to 4pm

18524 Brooke Road, Sandy Spring

Visit this museum focusing on African and African American history and culture with exhibits in the Great Hall, a cross-section of a slaving clipper ship, African hut, and log cabin. Special screenings on the hour of Heritage Montgomery’s documentary, Community Cornerstones: Historic African American Communities in Montgomery County, featuring five local church communities, some with roots back to the Civil War era. Food available for purchase.

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

Friday, Oct. 31 & Saturday, Nov. 1

16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring

 / 301-650-4373

Saturday: Hike the Underground Railroad Experience Trail.  Learn techniques freedom seekers used to elude pursuers hiking a 2-mile wooded, natural surface trail from Woodlawn to the historic Sandy Spring Friends Meetinghouse.  Shuttle vans will transport hikers back to Woodlawn Manor. Hikes at 9, 9:30, and 10am, free.

Friday: Special night hike, “Voices of the Underground Railroad,” from 7 to 9:30pm. This is a round-trip hike. ($5/person, registration required).

posted 9/22/14; updated 10/7/14 

 Press Release:  May 14

Heritage Montgomery’s NEW Smartphone App!

Now that warm weather is finally upon us, it’s the perfect time to get out and explore.  And Heritage Montgomery has a new tool to make your travels easier and more fun: the new Heritage Montgomery App for your smartphone.  

Our newly updated and expanded FREE App will help you discover fascinating sites and activities all around the county.  Not only can you still explore our Civil War history, but you’ll also find natural beauty along the C&O Canal, weathered barns, pick-your-own farms, local stories of Quaker and African American history and much more.

The Heritage Montgomery smartphone App, available free for both Android and iPhone, will allow you to stream or download tours throughout the county. Interactive GPS maps that include your current location and all points of interest on the tours allow for easy navigation. Descriptions, as well as contact information including websites and phone numbers, deliver all the information you need for each tour stop.

Additionally, in “Things to Do” for each regional listing you’ll find all the special program information you need to explore the 40+ sites participating in Heritage Days Weekend, June 28 & 29!

Using your smartphone, visit the App Store or Google Play and search: Heritage Montgomery, Maryland

Then download HM’s free App and start your tour today.



posted 5/29/14

Press Release: January 15, 2014

Heritage Montgomery Welcomes New Executive Director! 

The Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County (Heritage Montgomery) is very pleased to welcome new Executive Director Sarah L. Rogers.  Sarah joined Heritage Montgomery in December from her position as Director of Interpretation at the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area in Prince George’s County.

Sarah brings a strong background in project leadership, interpretive planning and program development, and design.  Her most recent experience with War of 1812 commemoration programs, Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail project planning and management, and Smithsonian Institutions interpretive design will be especially valuable as Heritage Montgomery expands its efforts to strengthen the local heritage tourism experience.

“We are excited to welcome Sarah,” stated Heritage Montgomery Board President Thomas E. Kettler, adding “The Board looks forward to working with Sarah as Heritage Montgomery begins a new chapter.”  

Sarah Rogers takes over from founding Executive Director, Peggy Erickson, who served Heritage Montgomery with ten years of dedicated leadership and innovation.

Heritage Montgomery, located in Germantown, Maryland, is dedicated to supporting heritage tourism at historical, natural, and cultural areas in Montgomery County.  It is one of 12 heritage areas in the state administered by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, established through state legislation in 1996 to promote heritage sites and areas of natural beauty to stimulate economic development through tourism.

posted 1/15/14


Dear Friends:

We hope that over the past years, you have discovered that Montgomery County is home to many remarkable communities with long, rich histories.  Heritage Montgomery is particularly honored to share the stories of these communities.  But to continue to do so, we need your help.

Heritage Montgomery is a little like public television.  You are our “viewers,” and we need to hear from you!

This coming year we will premiere our new video, Community Cornerstones: Historic African American Communities from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.  This project has proven to be even more meaningful and rewarding than we had anticipated.  We interviewed people in the community, many in their 80s and 90s, who endured segregation and worked to make their communities, and our county, a better place.

We are always looking for new and interesting ways to share and highlight our local history.  We have added a new “Travelogue” page to our website, featuring short video clips of local historic places and we are expanding our smartphone app to make it easier to tour the county and take in the wide variety of heritage site we have to offer.  Your contributions help to do all of this, and more!

I know that at this time of year you are besieged by fundraising requests.  But what better way to make a difference than to contribute to the story of Montgomery County’s history?

Heritage Montgomery is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  Every donation has a huge impact on a small organization like ours.  Share our pride in Montgomery County’s history and lend your support to Heritage Montgomery today!

To make a donation via the Heritage Montgomery website, click here, or on the red "Support Heritage Montgomery" button at the bottom of each page of the website.  If you would like to receive a donation form/envelope to mail back to us, please email with your mailing address and we will be happy to send you one.

Thank you so much for your support of Heritage Montgomery.


Peggy Erickson

Executive Director


posted 12/4/12



The Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County (Heritage Montgomery, HM) is a non-profit organization created to bring the county’s rich history to the attention of its residents and visitors. Each year, Heritage Montgomery Mini Grants of up to $2,500 are available to county non-profit organizations and local government entities.  Programs supported by Mini Grant funding contribute to interpreting, promoting, preserving, or researching our historical, cultural and natural resources and encourage heritage tourism to the area.  FY 2014 Mini Grants totaling $18,050 include:

FY 2014 Mini-Grant Recipients

Town of Brookeville – $2500 to develop a website for the War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration in Brookeville

Glen Echo Partnership for Arts & Culture – $2000 to produce two short videos on Glen Echo’s Spanish Ballroom and Dentzel Carousel

King Barn Dairy MOOseum, Boyds – $2000 to develop a model milk train diorama for the MOOseum’s Milk Transportation exhibit

Montgomery County Historical Society, Rockville – $2500 for their annual History Conference

Montgomery Countryside Alliance, Poolesville –  $1000 for a “Growing Legacy” short film project

National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville – $1800 for interpretive signage and materials

Peerless Rockville – $2500 to produce an historic Rockville wayfinding brochure

Sandy Spring Museum – $2500 for the museum’s Extreme Exhibit Makeover

Sugarloaf Regional Trails, Barnesville – $625 for Heritage Days programming and research on a Native American trail

Warren Historic Site Committee, Dickerson – $625 to revise and reprint the Warren Historic Site brochure

“We were delighted to see such a strong slate of applications for this year’s grants.  Our Mini Grant Program is one of our most rewarding initiatives.  These grants can make such a difference to a small heritage organization and we’re happy to be able to support such worthwhile projects,” commented Heritage Montgomery Executive Director Peggy Erickson.  Over the past ten years HM Mini Grant awards have totaled over $142,000.  

posted 10/31/13


Historic Preservation - Tax Credit

Expedited Bill 14-13, Historic Preservation - Tax Credit, sponsored by Councilmembers Rice, Floreen and Elrich, has scheduled a public hearing at 1:30 on June 25. This bill would increase the County historic preservation tax credit to 25%, up from the 10%, acting on authority implemented in legislation adopted during the recently concluded general assembly session. Click here for more information.


Rockville Joins the Montgomery County Heritage Area!

Heritage Montgomery (HM) is pleased to announce that Rockville, with one of the most significant histories in the county, is finally a part of the Montgomery County Heritage Area!


Through the leadership of Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio and the City Council and the hard work of the City’s Historic Preservation Office staff, this long-awaited partnership is finally realized.  Heritage Montgomery looks forward to a long and rewarding collaboration.


The inclusion of portions of the City of Rockville in the heritage area was adopted unanimously at the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) spring meeting, held at Glenview Mansion in Rockville’s Civic Center Park.


Rockville greatly strengthens the Heritage Montgomery story with its rich history and varied historic sites. At the same time, eligible Rockville entities will now have the ability to apply to MHAA capital and program grant programs.  Additionally, Rockville heritage sites will be featured in HM marketing campaigns.


The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority was created through state legislation in 1996 to promote heritage sites and areas of natural beauty in order to stimulate economic development through tourism.   The Montgomery County Heritage Area (Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County/Heritage Montgomery) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2003 to promote designated heritage areas within the county.

posted 5/15/13 

"Life in A War Zone" App now available to download.

The FREE App is now available for your smart phone or iPad. Look for "Civl War Montgomery County" in the Android Market or App Store. Use it as a guide to tour the Civil War sites and learn about the history associated with those sites.


Use a QR Scanner to download the App to your smart phone.




       For your iPhone                                                                                             For your Android



Montgomery County Council Recognizes Heritage Montgomery

 Heritage Montgomery was the recipient of a County Council Proclamation for work producing the Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil Warvideo and spreading the word of Montgomery County's rich history. HM Staff, Board Members Bethany Mattocks and Scott Whipple, and video producer and Emmy® Award winner Barbara Grunbaum, were recognized by Councilmembers Nancy Floreen and Phil Andrews at the November 13th Council session.Watch video.



Emmy® Award Win for “Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil War”!

Heritage Montgomery is very pleased to announce an Emmy® Award win for “Life in a War Zone” producer Barbara Grunbaum.  Heritage Montgomery is the executive producer of the project.  The win was in the Historical Documentary category.


Heritage Montgomery is thrilled for Barbara and also wants to acknowledge the excellent work done by other key members of the production team including Joseph Thompson (Director of Photography), Francine Wyron (Editor & Graphic Designer), Charlie Pilzer (Sound Editor), Greg Lewis (Host), and Washington Revels (musical score design & production).


Executive Director Peggy Erickson added “Heritage Montgomery produced this film on a shoe string budget with an incredible amount of community support.  It truly took a village to turn out this fine product and we want to thank everyone connected with the project.”  


“Life in a War Zone” was made possible with the generous support of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, the National Park Service Preserve America Program, Montgomery County Government, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Montgomery College Television, City of Rockville, Mr. William Ritchie, and Delaplaine Foundation.

The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is the local chapter responsible for awarding excellence in the television industry.   The 54th Emmy® Awards ceremony was held on June 16th at the Newseum in Washington DC. 


Heritage Montgomery, located in Germantown, Maryland, is dedicated to promoting and supporting heritage tourism to historical, cultural and natural areas in Montgomery County.  The 15th Annual Heritage Days festival will be held this weekend, June 23 & 24, with 32 sites open free all across Montgomery County.  For details visit


posted 6/20/12


Heritage Montgomery Announces Emmy® Nomination for Life in a War Zone

Heritage Montgomery is pleased to announce that Barbara Grunbaum has been nominated for an Emmy® Award for her work as producer of the documentary, Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil War.  Ms. Grunbaum wrote, produced, and directed Life in a War Zone for Heritage Montgomery, executive producer of the project.


Heritage Montgomery Executive Director Peggy Erickson remarked that:  “Heritage Montgomery is thrilled that Barbara has been recognized for the outstanding job that she did on the film.  Her knowledge of Montgomery County history and considerable skills as a writer/producer/director made Barbara the perfect person to tell this important story of our area’s rich Civil War history.”


Heritage Montgomery would also like to salute other key members of the production team including Joseph Thompson (Director of Photography), Francine Wyron (Editor & Graphic Designer), Charlie Pilzer (Sound Editor), and Greg Lewis (host).  


The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is the local chapter responsible for awarding excellence in the television industry.   The 54th Emmy® Awards will take place on June 16th at the Newseum in Washington DC. 


Heritage Montgomery, located in Germantown, Maryland, is dedicated to promoting and supporting heritage tourism to historical, cultural and natural areas in Montgomery County. 

posted 5/14/12