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Newmantown

 
 
Newmantown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2017
1. Newmantown Marker
Inscription. A small grouping of houses and outbuildings near this spot became a kinship-based community known as Newmantown. There were numerous post Civil-War African American communities in Montgomery County similar to Newmantown. There were also several Free Black communities in Montgomery County formed before the Civil, War. Mt Zion (3 miles to the east) where the Newmans went to church and school, was one of these early Free Black communities.

Newman Family

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,
Newmantown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2017
2. Newmantown Marker
and Robert ended up with a farm in Ithaca New York. Another son, Albert, or “Manny”, died in a streetcar accident in Philadelphia. One daughter, Laura Lancaster Kennedy, lived in Ohio, and the other daughter, Mary Webb lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland until she was widowed and moved back to Newmantown with her four children.

Newman Property

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
Mary B.Newman<br>circa 1890 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2017
3. Mary B.Newman
circa 1890
Close-up of photo on marker
is on Rock Creek Park Road. 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. 0.2 miles away); Nike Missile Local Park (approx. 2.2 miles away); Rolling Ridge (approx. 3.3 miles away); Oakley Cabin (approx. 3.5 miles away); The Early Years (approx. 3.5 miles away); Building The Future (approx. 3.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Derwood.
 
Categories. African AmericansAgricultureNotable Places
 
Morton "Epp" Newman<br>circa 1910 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2017
4. Morton "Epp" Newman
circa 1910
Son of Albert and Mary Newman
Close-up of photo on marker
Fenton Newman image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2017
5. Fenton Newman
Son of Albert and Mary Newman
Close-up of photo on marker
Newmantown and Bussard Farm image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2017
6. Newmantown and Bussard Farm
Watercolor illustration of the Newmantown family houses and the Bussard Farmstead, circa 1970. Maude Newman Taylor, artist.
Close-up of image on nearby signage
Albert and Mary Newman's House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2017
7. Albert and Mary Newman's House
Close-up of photo on marker
Morton and Agnes Newman's House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2017
8. Morton and Agnes Newman's House
Newmantown - You are Here image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2017
9. Newmantown - You are Here
Close-up of map on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 7, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7, 8, 9. submitted on July 9, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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