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Museums, historical groups, and preservation organizations in Montgomery County

Archaeology in the Community
Founded in 2006, Archaeology in the Community (AITC) is a DC-area educational organization dedicated to instructing the public on archaeological subjects using the excitement of discovery and mystery of piecing together the past. Through informal educational programs, AITC provides hands-on learning, professional development, and community events.

Agricultural History Farm Park, Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Services
See the past, present, and future of Montgomery County farming at the 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.

Art Deco Society of Washington
The Art Deco Society of Washington, DC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to foster awareness, preservation, and the appreciation of the Art Deco period in the Washington, DC area. 

ASM Mid-Potomac Chapter, Inc.
The Mid-Potomac Chapter is a chapter of the Archeological Society of Maryland, Inc. The chapter’s goal is to educate the public on the importance archaeology plays in understanding the history and development of our community and the scientific methods used to make this understanding possible. The chapter participates in a wide variety of activities including holding monthly chapter meetings featuring speakers and workshops on archaeological topics, volunteering at local and state excavation sites and at scheduled public events, making presentations on archaeological topics for community groups, and attending professional conferences and workshops. Most of our activities are done in conjunction with the Archaeology Program of the Montgomery County Parks Department and the Archeological Society of Maryland.

Bethesda Farm Women’s Market

7155 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
On busy Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, in the shadow of a modern, high-rise office building, stands a low, white building which, in its almost 80 years, has become a Bethesda institution. This building is the home of the Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market, Inc., one of the remaining vestiges of the agricultural community that was Montgomery County. Click here for a copy of The Story article on the Bethesda Farm Women’s Market.

Bethesda Historical Society
The Bethesda Historical Society, established in 2019, is an organization of volunteers dedicated to sharing and reflecting on the history of the Bethesda, Maryland area and its diverse residents. 

Boyds Historical Society

P.O. Box 161
Boyds, MD 20841
The Boyds Historical Society was founded in 1975 with the mission to preserve the history of the community of Boyds, MD and to educate the community about our local history. BHS acquired the Boyds Negro School in 1981 and restored the building in 1990. The historic one-room school building serves as a small museum and gathering place for community events, and contains period furnishings and archived materials.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Association

P.O  Box 366
Glen Echo, MD 20812-0366
The C&O Canal Association is an all-volunteer, independent organization of citizens dedicated to preserving and protecting the historical and natural resources of the 184-mile long Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National.

C&O Canal Trust

1850 Dual Highway suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 201740
Founded in 2007, the C&O Canal Trust is the official nonprofit partner of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Its mission is to work in partnership with the National Park Service to protect, restore, and promote the C&O Canal. The Trust engages communities and individuals to realize the Park’s historical, natural, and recreational potential.

Chevy Chase Historical Society

P.O Box 15145
Chevy Chase, MD 20825
The Chevy Chase Historical Society collects, records, interprets and shares materials relating to the history of Chevy Chase, Maryland, one of America’s first streetcar suburbs. 

City of Rockville Historic District Commission

111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
The Historic District Commission (HDC) was created by the Mayor and Council in 1966 for the purpose of recommending the boundaries of districts that are deemed to be of historic or architectural value to the city of Rockville and reviewing applications for construction or exterior alterations in the historic districts.

Clarksburg Historical Society

PO Box 496
Clarksburg, MD 20871

Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail

P.O. Box 30703
Bethesda, MD 20824
The Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail (CCCT) is a non-profit volunteer citizens’ group promoting a first class development of the 11.2 mile Rail-to-Trail conversion from Georgetown, D.C. to Silver Spring, MD, for multi-purpose, recreational use.

Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites

P.O Box 1533
Ellicott City, MD 21041-1533
The mission of the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites is to promote the preservation and protection of the burial sites, cemeteries, and grave yards in Maryland.

Conservation Montgomery

P.O. Box 7292
Silver Spring, MD 20907
Conservation Montgomery is comprised of civic and environmental organizations as well as individual residents who address a broad spectrum of environmental and quality of life challenges facing Montgomery County over the next decade as the county approaches a population of one million.

Damascus Heritage Society Museum

9701 Main Street 
Damascus, MD 20872
The Damascus Heritage Society was established in 2005 with the mission to preserve the unique agricultural, educational, economic, social, and spiritual history of the Damascus community. Its vision is to serve as the Damascus landmark exhibit center dedicated to the collection, preservation, and maintenance of historical artifacts while becoming an educational resource for schools and providing an inspirational link between the children who are creating history today and their community’s heritage.

Friends of the Agricultural History Farm Park

18400 Muncaster Road
P.O. Box 5810
Derwood, MD 20855
This group offers programs on Montgomery County’s agricultural past & present by providing citizens with historic farm life and environmental education.

Gaithersburg Community Museum 

9 South Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Local history is full steam ahead at the Gaithersburg Community Museum! Located in the B&O Rail complex in Olde Towne, the Museum’s indoor/outdoor interpretive spaces provide hands-on learning centers for children that spark the imagination and exhibits that explore Gaithersburg’s rich history. Ever-changing weekly activities and monthly programs make the Museum an interactive space for all ages.

Gaithersburg-Washington Grove VFD Fire Museum

13 East Diamond Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20886
Located in the historic fire department in Olde Towne Gaithersburg, the Fire Museum (operated by the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department) includes fire trucks and other artifacts from the department’s history. 

Garrett Park Archives

4600 Waverly Ave
Garrett Park, MD 20896
The Garrett Park Archives contains the rich and varied documentary history of Garrett Park from its incorporation in 1898 and on to today. The collection includes thousands of documents, pictures, maps, oral history records, memorabilia and other items that preserve that history and form a mosaic of the people and events that have shaped our community. The archives are open to town citizens and outside researchers with the guidance of the Town Office and the committee.

Germantown Historical Society

P.O. Box 475
Germantown, MD 20875
Founded in 1990, the Germantown Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history and historic sites of Germantown and educating the public about local history.


12100 Glen Road, Potomac, MD
Guided by the personal vision of its founders, Glenstone assembles post-World War II artworks of the highest quality that trace the greatest historical shifts in the way we experience and understand art of the 20th and 21st centuries. These works are presented in a series of refined indoor and outdoor spaces designed to facilitate meaningful encounters for our visitors.

The Goshen Historical Preservation Society

21109 Kaul Lane
Germantown, Maryland 20876
The Goshen Historical Preservation Society was founded in 2002 to preserve historical homes and other buildings in the Goshen area.

Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County (Heritage Montgomery)

P.O. Box 10237
Gaithersburg, MD 20898
The Heritage Tourism Alliance is a nonprofit organization certified by the state of Maryland in 2004 to raise the profile of the area’s heritage, ensuring that residents and visitors alike understand and value the county’s past. With a history stretching back beyond colonial times, Montgomery County has a long heritage evidenced by rich cultural and historical resources. 

Historic Medley District, Inc.

(Western Montgomery County, including the Poolesville area)
P.O Box 232
Poolesville, MD 20837
Historic Medley was founded in 1974 to promote the conservation of buildings, structures, objects, and spaces that contribute to the historic character of the area; the development and implementation of plans for preserving and using these resources; promotion of research and education in area history and its contributions to Montgomery County; public testimony; and encouragement of citizen participation in these activities. 

Historic Preservation Office,  Montgomery County Planning Department, and Historic Preservation Commission

2425 Reedie Drive, Floor 13
Wheaton, MD 20902
The Historic Preservation Office supports the Planning Board and the Historic Preservation Commission by providing for the identification, designation, and regulation of historic sites in Montgomery County. Historic Preservation staff also maintains an archive and library of documentation on historic resources in Montgomery County and provides preservation outreach and guidance on preservation best-practices to the public. 

Historic Takoma, Inc.

P.O Box 5781
Takoma Park, MD 20913
Historic Takoma, Inc. is a membership-based, all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to helping preserve the heritage of Takoma Park, MD and Takoma Park, DC through educational activities and preservation of historical landmarks and archives. 

Josiah Henson Museum and Park

11410 Old Georgetown Road
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Josiah Henson Museum & Park is the former plantation property of Isaac Riley where Reverend Josiah Henson was enslaved. This park is a historic resource of local, state, national, and international significance because of its association with Reverend Henson, whose 1849 autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The park contains the historic Riley/Bolten House (1800-1815) and its attached log kitchen (1850-51). Ongoing archaeological excavations seek to find where Josiah Henson may have lived on the site.

Kensington Historical Society

P.O. Box 453
Kensington, MD 20895
Since 1977, the Kensington Historical Society has been working to safeguard the heritage of Kensington by preserving a record of its culture and architecture, by supporting preservation efforts, and by encouraging restoration of it historic sites and structures.

The Latvian Museum

400 Hurley Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
Operated by the American Latvian Association, the Latvian Museum in Rockville’s Latvian Lutheran Church has collections of traditional Latvian costumes and textiles, original and reproduction farm tools, documents, photographs, and examples of traditional crafts.

Laytonsville Historical Society

21607 Laytonsville Road
Laytonsville, MD 20882
The Laytonsville Historical Center (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) was established to provide resources, education, and advocacy to promote Laytonsville’s historic heritage.

The Menare Foundation & Button Farm Living History Center

16820 Black Rock Road
Germantown, MD 20874
The Menare Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization preserving the legacy of the Underground Railroad as a symbol of cultural unity and the ongoing quest for freedom. Menare is located on The Button Farm, a 60-acre living-history farm in Seneca Creek State Park in Germantown, Maryland. The Button Farm Living History Center interprets the period when slave labor shaped the landscape and modern agricultural technology had not yet been developed. Unlike most living history centers where visitors are passive observers, Button Farm guests are invited to help create the experience by cultivating crops, learning a trade, or helping out with plantation-era chores.

Montgomery Countryside Alliance

P.O Box 24
Poolesville, MD 20837
The mission of the Montgomery Countryside Alliance is to promote sound economic, land-use, and transportation policies and programs that preserve the natural environment, open spaces, and rural lands in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve for the benefit of all Washington Metropolitan area residents.

Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project
Founded in 2017, he Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project seeks to educate and engage the community about the history and legacy of lynching and racial terrorism in Montgomery County, Maryland; to gather soil from the three known lynching sites in the county; and to work with community groups and the Montgomery County Commission for Remembrance and Reconciliation to procure the installation of historical markers and monuments commemorating these events. 

Montgomery County Civil War Round Table

3411 Raymond Street
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301-654-0349, Paul Weller
The goal of the MCCWRT is to help educate the public about the Civil War and the period prior to the war and reconstruction. For more than 30 years, the Round Table has brought leading historians, authors, and public and private officials together with members interested in this important period of American history.

Montgomery Parks Archaeology Program

301-563-7531, Senior Archaeologist
Montgomery Parks’ Archaeology Program identifies, manages, and interprets archaeological sites on parkland and considers the effects of land-use decisions on cultural resources. Research and excavations contribute to interpretation, public education programs, restorations, and park development plans.

Montgomery Preservation

P.O. Box 4661
Rockville, MD 20849
MPI is Montgomery County’s county-wide nonprofit historic preservation organization. The group formed in 1984 to encourage and defend preservation in local communities and today remains dedicated to saving historic buildings, landscapes, and sites for future generations. MPI encourages preservation efforts in every corner of Montgomery County, working with all parties to ensure that our towns, owners of historic properties, businesses, and volunteer groups can step up to the modernization, demographic, and development challenges of the 21st century.


South Germantown Recreational Park
18028 Central Park Circle
Boyds, Maryland 20841
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.

National Capital Trolley Museum

1313 Bonifant Road
Silver Spring, MD
The National Capital Trolley Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of Washington’s electric street railways and includes 17 street cars, a Washington streetscape, and exhibits.

National Museum of Health and Medicine

2500 Linden Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910
The National Museum of Health and Medicine inspires interest in and promotes the understanding of medicine — past, present, and future — with a special emphasis on tri-service American military medicine. As a National Historic Landmark recognized for its ongoing value to the health of the military and to the nation since 1862, the museum identifies, collects, and preserves important and unique resources to support a broad agenda of innovative exhibits, educational programs, and scientific, historical, and medical research.

Peach Orchard Christian Retreat Center and Historic Campground

15712 Peach Orchard Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20905
First established in 1921 by the Free Methodist Church and still in operation as a year-round retreat center, the Peach Orchard Christian Retreat Center and Historic Campground today includes a small museum in a renovated cabin. 

Peerless Rockville

Red Brick Courthouse
29 Courthouse Square Room 110
Rockville, MD 20850
Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd. is an award-winning nonprofit, community-based organization founded in 1974 to preserve buildings, objects, and information important to Rockville’s heritage.  Peerless Rockville advances its goals through education, example, advocacy, and community involvement.

Rockville Model Railroad Society

PO Box 684
Washington Grove, MD 20880-0684
Formed by the merger of the Gaithersburg Model Railroad Society and Maryland Central Model RR club, RMRS promotes the hobby of scale model railroading in the U.S. with particular emphasis on promoting hobby education and outreach and the unique features of railroading in Maryland.

Sandy Spring Museum

17901 Bentley Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
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 the past to life for present and future generations. In recent years it has evolved from a traditional history museum into a dynamic, participatory cultural arts community center.

Sandy Spring Slave Museum

18524 Brooke Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
The Sandy Spring Slave Museum focuses on the heritage of Blacks from their origin through the Middle passage, the salvation the Underground Railroad provided, the struggle for civil rights, and their accomplishments in the United States and African Diaspora as well as highlights the heritage of the African American families for whom Montgomery County is home.

Save Our Seminary at Forest Glen

9615 Dewitt Drive #68
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Save Our Seminary (SOS) is a volunteer, nonprofit membership organization formed by preservationists and concerned citizens in 1989 to marshal public and private support and resources to preserve this unique and endangered part of our historical and architectural heritage.

Silver Spring Historical Society

P.O. Box 1160
Silver Spring, MD 20910-1160
(301) 537-1253
Established in 1998 by a group of Silver Spring residents concerned with the rapidly disappearing remnants of Silver Spring’s past, the mission of the historical society is to create and promote awareness and appreciation of Silver Spring’s heritage through sponsorship of educational activities and the preservation and protection of historical sites, structures, artifacts and archives.

Sugarland Ethno-History Project

P.O. Box 388
Poolesville, MD 20837
The Sugarland Ethno-History Project (SEHP) began in 1995 to document the African American community of Sugarland, founded by freed slaves in Montgomery County, Maryland. SEHP promotes and highlights the experience of the African American from slavery to present day. 

Sugarloaf Regional Trails

Box 412
Barnesville, MD 20835
Since its creation in 1974, Sugarloaf Regional Trails has focused on conservation of the cultural landscape in rural Montgomery County.

Warren Historic Site Committee

22625 Whites Ferry Road, Dickerson, Maryland 20842
P.O. Box 44, Poolesville, Maryland 20842
The Warren Historic Site is an historic enclave that was once the center of an African American community called Martinsburg that grew up at the end of the Civil War. Located at the intersection of White’s Ferry Road and Martinsburg Road in western Montgomery County, Maryland, it is the last such site in the state of Maryland to retain all three of the structures that were the heart of flourishing African American communities of the late-19th/early-20th century: the church, school, and lodge hall. The Warren Historic Site Committee works to preserve and interpret the historic African American community cornerstones – church, school and social hall – in Martinsburg.

Washington Grove Town Archives

300 Grove Ave. 
Washington Grove, MD 20880 

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Woodlawn Manor House was constructed in the early 1800s. Dr. William Palmer and his son Benjamin were the longest property owners from the early 1800s to early 1900s. Francis Scott Key was a visitor when the home also served as a boarding school. In the late 1970s Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission purchased the property from the McKeever family establishing Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.