“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Shorefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 26, 2017
1. Shorefield Marker
Inscription. "The Stubbs Farm"
As of 2014 there were five regional parks in Montgomery County, collectively encompassing over 8060 acres. Wheaton Regional Park became the first regional park in the County when it opened in 1961. Defined by a noticeably larger amount of undeveloped acreage, regional parks embrace a physical environment where a temporary escape from the pace of our daily living is feasible. Here at Shorefield (also known as Stubbs Farm), patrons can find peace and quiet in a pastoral setting that was rooted in agricultural tradition.

In 1841, William and Jeremiah Orme sold "Shawfield" to Edward Stubbs. While Orme's fields had been planted in tobacco, the Stubbs family harvested wheat, rye, Indian corn, potatoes and oats. Both Orme and Stubbs land was cultivated by enslaved African Americans. Edward and his son, William E. Stubbs, earned their living not only from farming, but from employment with the U.S. State Department in downtown Washington, D.C.

In addition to the ca. 1860 two-and-a-half vernacular frame house, this 165.5 acre farm once included a number of necessary outbuilding essential for any agrarian operation, including a tenant house, blacksmith shop, corncrib, chicken coop, log dairy, meathouse, windmill, and a ca. 1843 timber-framed bankbarn (which still stands). Shorefield was touted
Shorefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 26, 2017
2. Shorefield Marker
in 1908 public sale advertisements as "one of the best and most admirably located farms in Montgomery County."

The 100-year ownership of Shorefield by the Stubbs family ended in 1941. The next owners, Louis and Annie Melikian, added a brick façade to the frame house in 1942, changing its character dramatically. The Melikians sold the bulk of the property to the Commission in 1959.

The Well-furnished Home
The tasteful style of the exterior of the house was mimicked inside the 12-room building. The interior, by standards of the time, was well equipped with material contents valued at $1548.50 in 1866. The furnishings included at least 9 beds, a clock, 2 sofas, carpet, window treatments, a parlor card table, a marble top center table, a library with "contents," and an extensive dining set that included 28 dining plates, 9 serving plates, 29 tea plates, 18 coffee cups and saucers, 3 gravy dishes, 2 pickles dishes, 13 oyster plates, and 2 dozen wine glasses.

Old MacDonald's Farm
Once a popular destination at Wheaton Regional Park, Old MacDonald's Farm was M-NCPPC's first exhibit of agricultural operations for park visitors. The most famous patrons at this attraction was First Lady Jackie Kennedy and her children, Caroline and John Jr. On June 19, 1963, the media reported the Kennedys, "inspected the animal population...had a box lunch in the picnic area."
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
Location. 39° 3.283′ N, 77° 2.597′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Shorefield Court north of Shorefield Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. On the grounds of Wheaton Regional Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2000 Shorefield Road, Silver Spring MD 20902, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Regional Parks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel at Wheaton Regional Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emerald Ash Borer (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Pond with a Purpose (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bioretention Gardens (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Emerald Ash Borer (approx. 0.3 miles away); Suggestions for Walking the Labyrinth (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Bridge to Understanding (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
Categories. African AmericansAgricultureArchitecture
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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