These family events are presented by Montgomery Preservation Inc. and the Silver Spring Historical Society. Admissions to building and public open houses’ are free. www.montgomerypreservation.org
Featured in the months of April and May-
Saturday, April 6, 10:00am-12:00pm: William Offutt: The Georgetown Branch of the B&O - "the little railroad that isn't" - This is the story of the little train that isn't. It was for almost a hundred years hauling coal, oil, lumber and other supplies into Bethesda and down to Georgetown. It plowed right through some very up-scale neighborhoods and provided the cement, wood, cinder blocks, steel and bricks of a lot of construction products and the GSA's power plant. It helped build both the Cathedral and the Lincoln Memorial. Closed and abandoned in the 1980's it was reborn as the Capital Crescent Trail and now there is talk of a new railway,
the Purple Line, over the same right-of-way.
Saturday, May 4, 10:00am - 12:00pm: Susan Soderberg: “From Corn to Commuters: How the Coming of the Railroad Changed the Way of Life and the Future of Montgomery County”