The Riley Plantation
This illustration imagines what the property looked like 200 years ago when Josiah Henson was enslaved here. The Riley House was positioned on a hill above Old Georgetown Road. A number of outbuildings were scattered around the property to house enslaved people, shelter livestock, and store goods. To the west and north, a series of fields stretched as far as the eye could see.
An array of small building served as living quarters for the men, women, and children — as many as 22 — enslaved here.
This building was home to the Rileys' white overseer. It is possible that Josiah Henson moved in with his family when he was named overseer.
Also known as a smokehouse, this structure held meat that was smoked and stored for future use. In the days before refrigeration, preserved meat held high value.
In addition to growing field crops, Isaac Riley also kept livestock on the farm, including horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, and chickens.
The timber frame house that
In the kitchen, the enslaved cook prepared meals for the Riley family. The log walls of the kitchen standing today date to 1850.
The Plantation Over Time
1863 Border (262 acres)
Today (3.35 acres)
Erected 2021 by Montgomery Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Agriculture • Animals. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
Location. 39° 2.623′ N, 77° 7.301′ W. Marker is in North Bethesda, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Old Georgetown Road (Maryland Route 187) 0.1 miles south of Tilden Lane, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11410 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville MD 20852, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Josiah Henson (a few steps from this marker); Return to the Riley Farm (a few steps from this marker); A Royal Audience (a few steps from this marker); Life in the Slave Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Agriculture on the Riley Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); The Meathouse: A Food Vault
Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 495 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 4, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.