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Protecting Montgomery County Burial Sites

Protecting Montgomery County Burial Sites

Burial grounds in Montgomery County are in the news these days, after too many years of attracting little interest and concern. Today these precious historic resources have moved onto the radar of neighbors, developers, planners, and public officials, all of whom have vital roles in determining their survival and futures.

New legislation has been proposed to protect historic Montgomery County burial sites. Two bills introduced on June 27, 2017 by Councilmembers Berliner, Leventhal, and Rice were the subject of public hearings on September 12, 2017, and will be discussed and voted upon in the coming months. MPI encourages you to participate in this process. One bill requires the Planning Board to establish and maintain an inventory of burial sites in the county. The second bill addresses the need for burial sites to be considered by staff and public officials in the subdivision approval process.

Links to more information on these proposals, how their coverage should be expanded and improved, and how you can get involved:

Read more about Historic Cemeteries

Links to 2 proposed laws:

Approval Procedures – Burial sites

Land Use Information – Burial sites

MPI Testimony

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Kickstarter To Reopen Germantown Landmark

Kickstarter to Reopen Germantown Landmark

A local pastry chef hopes to restore the Cider Barrel on MD Route 355 to a new use as a bakery. Vacant since 2003, this red, white, and blue local icon needs everyone’s help to return to nourish and enliven residents and travelers again. Brandi Edinger wants to raise $80,000 by October 7 to begin repairs and solid plans to reopen business here.

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Two Montgomery County Landmarks Relocated

This summer saw the relocation of two local historic landmarks. Both are designated historic sites that have been moved once before. Each proposed relocation became an object of considerable public controversy, and both landmarks will suffer reduction in interpretation and appreciation with the change of their traditional environments.

Montgomery County’s Confederate Soldier Monument, a prominent feature of Courthouse Square in Rockville since 1913, came to greater public attention in the summer of 2015 after the Charleston, SC murders. Despite protestations and offers for additional on-site interpretation, the County Executive embarked on a two-year path to move the statue off County land, meanwhile protecting it from further vandalism. Over the weekend of July 22-23, the bronze statue and its stone base were moved to private property at White’s Ferry near the Potomac River in Dickerson. Plans are underway for it to be part of broader interpretation. For recent comments by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on this general topic, see savingplaces.org

Wilson’s Store, better known as Community Paint and Hardware, is a reminder of Bethesda’s pre-WWII status and appearance as a small town on a major roadway. Overnight on August 19-20, soon after a ruling by a Circuit Court judge, the 1890s store was cut in half to prepare for its move to a parking lot on Middleton Lane. The move makes way for Carr Properties to redevelop the former Apex building site on Wisconsin Avenue into a three-tower structure with 480 residential units and for the future Purple Line to be built underneath.

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Historic Preservation in Montgomery County

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MPI Open Houses

The first Saturdays of the month 10 am to 3 pm

At the historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.

Always FREE

Join us for train-watching, fun, and appreciation!

October 7

Trains, music, refreshments, and free play

November 4

N gauge model railroad group set up; fun for families with and without children

December 2

Station is decorated for the holidays; trains, music, and refreshments

January 6, 2018

Start off the new year with trains, music, fun

Handicap parking and some other spots are available around the train station. 
Plenty of parking in the lots and public garage just across Georgia Avenue near the corner of Sligo Avenue. 

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Silver Spring B&O Station

The historic train station is a beloved historic landmark and a community resource. After a disastrous car accident that severely damaged the station’s main facade in 1997, MPI rescued the station and, with assistance from private and public sources, restored it to its 1945 appearance. Today this museum of 20th century rail history regularly welcomes visitors, meetings, celebrations, and the general public.

The station is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is designated on the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation, and is protected by an easement held by the Maryland Historical Trust. Visit the Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station tab for more detailed information about station history, open houses, and rentals.

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Getting Started?

New to historic preservation or to how it works in Montgomery County? Visiting and learning about Montgomery County’s bountiful historic sites is a great way to start. Getting involved with any of the groups that share your interest in local historic places is the next step. Do you prefer Victorian homes, African American history, former schoolhouses, public buildings, Modernist architecture, rural cemeteries, or transportation history? Montgomery County has them all!

You can sample local history at Montgomery County Heritage Days, this year on June 24 and 25. Check out individual groups and historic sites on the RESOURCES section of this website. And please return here to follow the (future) link to help you get started in Historic Preservation in Montgomery County!

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