Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Harper Family Homestead
The cabin and smokehouse you see have not always been here at Brookside Nature Center. The cabin came from a freed slave community called Jonesville, just north of Poolesville, in Montgomery County. It was built in 1870 by Thomas Harper and remained in his family until 1935 when it was sold to Harry L. Willard. Mr. Willard's heirs donated the cabin to Montgomery Parks in 1976. It was dismantled, moved, and reassembled as part of the U.S. Bicentennial celebration. The 1850's smokehouse, originally from the Derwood area of Montgomery County was reconstructed here in 1975.
Over time, the Harper family added a full second floor and clapboard siding to their home. As the cabin was dismantled, different construction methods became evident — logs and chinking on the first floor 2 X 4 framing on the second. The cabin was reconstructed in its original form by Park
As both structures were dismantled, the logs were labeled with metal tags (left) so the walls could be reassembled in their original form. The space between the logs would have been chinked with a mixture of stones, mud, hog hair, and glue. During reconstruction they were chinked with stones and cement for durability. The chimney, flooring, windows, and other aging parts of the cabin and smokehouse (right) were replaced.
Location. 39° 3.483′ N, 77° 1.942′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Glenallen Ave.. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Brookside Nature Center at 1400 Glenallen Ave. Marker is in this post office area: Silver Spring MD 20902, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. One Tree's Life (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pond in Autumn (about 600 feet away); The Pond in Winter (about 600 feet away); The Pond in Summer (about 600 feet away); The Pond in Spring (about 600 feet away); What Happened Here? (about 600 feet away); Conservatory (about 600 feet away); Formal Gardens (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
Also see . . . Brookside Nature Center - History & Resources (Submitted on November 9, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 58 times this year. Last updated on October 25, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 21, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7, 8, 9. submitted on May 12, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.