Learn about the Underground Railroad

Hello All,

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.



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.
http://www.menare.org/buttonfarm.html "

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  • Judith S.

    Will you be going again? Had a last minute emergency and had to cancel.

    November 4, 2013

  • Karen R.

    A beautiful day - hiking and history at its best. Thanks, John, for another great opportunity to learn, laugh, and linger.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Shelley

    Gorgeous day for this informative hike. We followed the secret path of enslaved people, navigating our way through the brambles, woods and streams to find the way to freedom. Nice lunch at the historic Olney Ale House. Thanks, John, for an interesting and well-planned event.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • John H

    beautiful fall day spent with a lovely group

    November 2, 2013

  • Karen R.

    I still have room in my car if anyone is interested in carpooling from DC. Let me know, and we can arrange a place to meet.

    November 1, 2013

  • Theresa Kyne R.

    It may not appear to be the case that I was looking forward to this day, but because I am selling my house while teaching school, it seems every minute must be devoted to selling my furniture or some other duty associated with that or buying the condo.

    October 31, 2013

  • Judith S.

    I have an emergency Doctor's appt. I so wanted to be a part of this tour. I hope you schedule another.

    October 31, 2013

  • Missy T

    What about Woodlawn Manor. I hosted a tour there a few years ago that took you on about 2 miles of Underground RR. Guided hikes are at 9/10/11am and the next one is June 28. All other Saturdays the tour is only at 10am.

    June 21, 2013

    • Edna

      Hi Missy - I might in fact get there for the 9:00 am tour (due to commitments the rest of the day). I hope to see you then.

      October 30, 2013

    • Missy T

      Sorry, as said above, I went August 31st at 9am so I will not be going on Nov 2.

      October 30, 2013

  • Karen R.

    I will be driving from Northwest DC (Van Ness) and can pick people up at the Van Ness/UDC metro station.

    October 30, 2013

  • Mandy

    I will be coming from Gaithersburg and can pick people up at the shady grove metro station. Let me know if you would like a ride.

    October 30, 2013

  • Tom F.

    If anyone needs a lift, I can pick them up at Heller's coffee shop in Mt. Pleasant at 8:30.

    September 9, 2013

  • Judith S.

    The nightime tour, with period clothing sounds. Do you have more info?

    August 16, 2013

  • anita j.

    They also do a night time tour with people in period clothing. Its very nice.

    August 13, 2013

  • Theresa Kyne R.

    I'm looking forward to my first meet-up with this group!

    August 13, 2013

  • Susan

    This sounds fascinating. Thank you so much for organizing it.

    August 13, 2013

  • Judith S.

    I love history any kii8nd. So glad I found this group

    August 11, 2013

  • Judith S.

    I am a history buff. Roman, Egyptian anything and everything old. Have to admit; I need to brush up on y computer skills

    August 11, 2013

  • Sharon

    I've always wanted to learn more about the U Railroad in this area.

    June 25, 2013

  • Anjela

    I would love to join this event if its after August 25th.

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • simone

    Due to restoration, the farm doesn't have an Open House until Montgomery Heritage Days on June 29. Seneca Creek State Park has the lake but is several miles away from there on Black Rock Rd. The farm does have several miles of hiking trails along the Schaefer Farm Trail system. Black Rock Mill (c 1817) is just down the road from the entrance. Its a great historic site on Great Seneca Creek. There are other things to see as well.

    February 28, 2013

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