Near Brookeville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Our Agricultural Heritage
Until World War II, Montgomery County's economy and landscape were primarily agricultural. The American Indian tribes of the county grew corn, squash, and beans on their villages near streams. The earliest settlers from Europe grew tobacco for profit on small farms and large plantations, often with enslaved labor. In the 18th and 19th century, local agricultural reformers encouraged citizens of the county to diversify their crops from tobacco into grains, fruits, and vegetables. A new agricultural industry—dairy farming—was made possible in the county with the coming of the railroad in 1873. Trains delivered fresh milk from Montgomery County's creameries to nearby Washington, D.C.
Development pressures on the county increased in the second half of the 20th century with growing suburbanization. In 1980, community organizers and county planners helped create the Agricultural Reserve. More than 90,000 acres of farmland in northern and western Montgomery County are protected—including the open fields that surround you now.
Establishing The Agricultural Reserve
In 1980, the Montgomery County Planning Board and County Council made one of the most significant land-use decisions in county history by voting to set aside more than one-third of the county's land for agricultural uses. The
Visit these beautiful Park-owned barns (below).
1. Bussard Barn, Derwood, MD
2. Zeigler Barn, Clarksburg, MD
3. Waters Barn, Germantown, MD
4. Woodlawn Barn, Sandy Spring, MD
Scenes of Montgomery County's Agricultural heritage from the days of animal power to modern tractors.
The Agricultural Reserve and Montgomery Parks are committed to preserving both land and the agricultural landscape.
American Cream draft horses cultivating young corn.
A team of mules, four abreast, discing a field after plowing. "One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, "What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?"—Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
Location. 39° 13.187′ N, 77° 5.13′ W. Marker is near Brookeville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Zion Road south of Sundown Road. Touch for map. On the grounds of Rachel Carson Conservation Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22225 Zion Road, Brookeville MD 20833, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mills in the Upcounty (here, next to this marker); The Rachel Carson Greenway (here, next to this marker); Elton (approx. 1.4 miles away); Oakley Cabin (approx. 2.9 miles away); Brookeville Schoolhouse (was approx. 2.9 miles away but has been reported permanently removed. ); Newlin’s Mill (approx. 3 miles away); The Miller's Cottage (approx. 3 miles away); Bentley House (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookeville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 25, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 25, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.