This weekend is Montgomery County Heritage Days, with a full calendar of events celebrating the County’s long and storied history. For more information, see http://www.heritagemontgomery.org/content/heritage-days-0.
One of the Bethesda opportunities is for the Josiah Henson Park site, which is only open twice a year. The “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” park, at the corner of Tilden Lane and Old Georgetown Rd. (in the Luxmanor community), is one of the most historic sites in White Flint, and will soon be made into a public park. This year it is only open for three and a half hours on Sunday, June 27.
Here’s the “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and the Riley Plantation farmhouse, built during Josiah Henson’s tenure as “superintendant” of the plantation around 1800:
Heritage Montgomery’s write-up says:
1. Josiah Henson Historic Site (Uncle Tom’s Cabin)
11420 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda
Guided tours of the Riley farm where Josiah Henson lived and worked as a slave from 1795 to 1830. Reverend Henson’s 1849 autobiography inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Tours every half hour from noon to 3:30PM. Park at the Montgomery Aquatic Center at 5900 Executive Boulevard.