Derwood in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Agricultural History Farm Park
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.
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.
Location. 39° 9.746′ N, 77° 7.921′ W. Marker is in Derwood, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Rock Creek Park Road 0.4 miles north of Muncaster Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds
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); Rolling Ridge (approx. 3½ miles away); The Early Years (approx. 3.6 miles away); Building The Future (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Derwood.
Categories. • African Americans • Agriculture •
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