Open House Saturday, December 5, 2015, 10am - 3pm
Special events: BANTRAK model railroad club, 70th Anniversary Silver Spring Railroad Station! 70 years ago -- on December 16, 1945, the new Silver Spring B&O Station opened for business! The handsome brick Colonial Revival building replaced the original station built in 1878 on the new Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad. By the 1930s, the small town of Silver Spring in rural Montgomery County had expanded into one of the B&O's busiest suburban stops in the nation. The traditional exterior architecture opened to modern interior amenities such as storage lockers, an expansive waiting room with chrome furniture, fluorescent lights, handsome ticket counter, even a telephone booth! Restored to its 1945 condition, today the Silver Spring station is an icon in Downtown Silver Spring that welcomes visitors of all ages, enthralling railway fans and history enthusiasts in a friendly atmosphere.
Help us celebrate the 70th anniversary of the opening (December 16, 1945) of Silver Spring's Baltimore & Ohio passenger station with the cutting of a special birthday cake on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at TIME TO BE DETERMINED. A special exhibit about the history of the station will debut.
Open House Saturday, January 2, 2016, 10am - 3pm
Welcome in the New Year at the station with warmth, seasonal decorations, music, refreshments, trains, and history!
Free open house on the first Saturday of the month January – December, 10 am to 3 pm, weather permitting. (No events held July 4th weekend) Montgomery Preservation and Silver Spring Historical Society sponsor this family-friendly event to introduce the community to this National Register historic building. Enjoy HO scale model railroad, RR photos, perfect location for train spotting! Free refreshments are provided. Limited on-site parking is available. Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station
8100 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland.
Montgomery Preservation invites Nominations for 2015 Historic Preservation Awards now
The annual Montgomery County Historic Preservation Awards honor individuals and groups who, through personal or community efforts, have made significant contributions to the preservation of Montgomery County’s historic resources and landscapes. These awards present an opportunity for community and civic organizations, as well as individuals, to recognize significant preservation activities in all parts of Montgomery County.
The deadline for submitting nominations for 2015 Montgomery County Awards for Historic Preservation is December 31, 2015.
Awards will be presented on Friday, March 25, 2016, at the Sandy Spring Museum, co-host for this event.
For more information, see the nomination form here or email email@example.com
Nominations should be submitted as an electronic file via email to Awards@montgomerypreservation.org or by post to PO Box 4661, Rockville, MD, 20849.
Click here to download the nomination form
Historic Preservation Month
The many organizations dedicated to preserving the history of Montgomery County, its towns and cities were recognized on May 11 by the County Council in ceremonies declaring May as “Historic Preservation Month.” The organizations and their members oversee the identification, designation and preservation of historic sites and buildings throughout the County. Councilmember Hans Riemer presented a proclamation on behalf of the Council.
2014 Montgomery County Awards for Historic Preservation
County Executive Isiah Leggett posed with winners of 2014 Montgomery County Awards for Historic Preservation at the historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station. The awards were presented on March 27 by Montgomery Preservation Inc. to individuals and organizations who restored, renovated, or rescued historic resources and to nonprofit groups who created outstanding educational programs and events. Awardees hailed from Brookeville, Darnestown, Takoma Park, Kensington, Olney, Rockville, Washington Grove, and Forest Glen.
Photograph by Dean Evangelista.
Meakin and Tucker Bennett, who restored historic Montanverde, an early 19th country house in Darnestown, received kind words and a plaque from County Executive Isiah Leggett at the 2014 Montgomery County Awards for Historic Preservation on March 27 at the Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station. The Bennetts were the first of 12 recipients recognized by Montgomery Preservation, Inc. for their rescue and stewardship of historic resources or for educational events and programs. This is the 27th year that MPI has honored property owners, nonprofits, architects, and artisans for excellence in preserving history and historic places.
Photograph by Dean Evangelista.
The owners of Montanverde received a 2014 Award for Historic Preservation for rescue and restoration of this c.1812 country house built by Major George Peter in Darnestown.
Photograph by Meakin Bennett.
Click here to view the full awards program.