Obviously there's a lot of interest in an Underground Railroad tour, so I set a time and place. On Saturday November 2, besides the usual guided tour along the Underground RR Experience Trail, there will also be some activities commemorating the anniversary of Maryland Emancipation Day.
The guided tour will leave at 10:00 am, but if you miss it, you can also follow the route on your own. The map is online at
The trail is 1.5 miles out, and 1.5 back. If the group likes, we could walk 2.5 miles out and go to the Sandy Spring Museum to learn more about the Quaker community that became an important stop on the Underground Railroad.
We could stop at the Olney Ale House afterwards for refreshments.
This is not a transit-friendly event. If you need a ride, post a message here of which neighborhood you would want to leave from.
The location is not even particularly driver-friendly, unless if you want to use your EZ-Pass on the MD 200 ICC toll road. Otherwise, the two main routes are:
From the South (Silver Spring) drive up Georgia Avenue to Wheaton, then veer off to the right onto Layhill Road (MD Hwy 182) and follow it past the ICC, then turn left onto Norwood Rd and look for the entrance to Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.
From the West (Rockville) drive east on Norbeck Road (MD Hwy 28) and follow it past the ICC until you hit Layhil Road. Turn left onto Layhill Rd (MD Hwy 182), then go left onto Norwood Rd, and then right into the Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.
The Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park is member of the "Network to Freedom", a National Park Service program that highlights the Underground Railroad. Their website at http://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/index.htm has all the information you could want on sites, events, stories and history.
BUTTON FARM FOOTNOTE:
There is no record of who made the original suggestion of visiting the Button Farm in Boyds near Germantown. Whoever you are, it would be great if you made arrangements with your friend, the founder, for a time and a date to tour, and then posted it on this website as either a calendar event or a hike. I'm sure that there would be a lot of interest.
" We could take a tour of the Button Farm, then hike around Lake Seneca. The founder is a friend of mine, so should be able to get a tour when he's at the location.