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Derwood in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Agricultural History Farm Park

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2017
1. Agricultural History Farm Park Marker
Inscription.  
Magruder-Bussard Farm
In 1734, John Magruder established a tobacco plantation on this property. Tobacco cultivation continued with his son, Nathan and grandson, Isaac, both of whom were active patriots during the American revolution. Otho Magruder, a nineteenth century owner, assisted in the establishment of the Montgomery County Agricultural Society in 1846. When wheat cultivation replaced tobacco, Magruder's farm became known as Waveland. Ownership of the present farm passed to Thaddeus T. Bussard in 1888. Farming by the Bussard family continued until the 1970s.

Newmantown
On the western edge of this farm existed a black community known as Newmantown. Albert Newman and his wife, Mary Ellen, from Virginia acquired the property in 1879. By 1920, several houses stood on the property inhabited by members of the Newman family hence the name Newmantown.
 
Erected by Montgomery County Park Commission, Department of Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgriculture.
 
Location.
Agricultural History Farm Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2017
2. Agricultural History Farm Park Marker
39° 9.746′ N, 77° 7.921′ W. Marker is in Derwood, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Rock Creek Park Road 0.3 miles north of Muncaster Road, on the right when traveling north. The marker is on the grounds of the Agricultural History Farm Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18410 Rock Creek Park Rd, Gaithersburg MD 20877, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Farming and Labor in Montgomery County (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bussard Farmhouse (about 700 feet away); Newmantown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nike Missile Local Park (approx. 2.3 miles away); Oakley Cabin (approx. 3.4 miles away); Layton House (approx. 3˝ miles away); Rolling Ridge (approx. 3˝ miles away); The Early Years (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Derwood.
 
Agricultural History Farm Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2017
3. Agricultural History Farm Park Marker
Agricultural History Farm Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2017
4. Agricultural History Farm Park Marker
Agricultural History Farm Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2017
5. Agricultural History Farm Park Sign
Bussard House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2017
6. Bussard House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 6, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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