Derwood in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Albert and Mary (Burke) Newman moved from Virginia to Brookeville, Maryland in 1861 where they worked for a Mr. Holland. In 1879, Albert and Mary purchased part of a parcel called “Cook's Inheritance”, from William T. Poole. This was the western edge of the Magruder Farm Later known as the Bussard Farm), and was sold separately because of its poor quality of soil.
Albert and Mary supported themselves and their eight children by working for area farmers and selling their own farm produce. The Newman family attended Mt. Zion Methodist church and many members are buried in the church cemetery. The children all went to Mt. Zion school. Five of the Newman sons went to Ohio for a time to work in steel mills there, but none of them stayed there. Morton and Fenton returned to Newmantown, Wilbert settled in nearby Emory Grove, Charles lived in Laytonsville,
There were three houses on the 39 acres comprising “Newmantown.” (1) The oldest was the house built by Albert and Mary after they purchased the land in 1879. (2) The second was the house built by Morton Newman after he married Agnes Palmer in 1885. Morton, known as “Epp”, was a skilled orchard and produce farmer and was very active in the Mt. Zion Methodist Church. (3) The third house was built by Fenton Newman who moved back to Newmantown in 1914 with his three children after his wife, Agnes Lynn, died in Ohio at the age of 28. He was known as a skilled carpenter and built an addition onto his mother's house as well as constructing his own.
The Newman property was purchased by the County in 1972 along with the Bussard Farm. The houses, barns, and outbuildings were no longer standing.
Location. 39° 9.891′ N, 77° 8.062′ W. Marker is in Derwood, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker Touch for map. The Marker is in the Agricultural History Farm Park near the MNCPPC Activity Center at 18410 Muncaster Road. Marker is in this post office area: Derwood MD 20855, United States of America.
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 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Agricultural History Farm Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bussard Farmhouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Nike Missile Local Park (approx. 2.2 miles away); Rolling Ridge (approx. 3.3 miles away); Oakley Cabin (approx. 3½ miles away); The Early Years (approx. 3½ miles away); Building The Future (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Derwood.
Categories. • African Americans • Agriculture • Notable Places •
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