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‘Most Lonesome Spot’ Marker image, Touch for more information
By Allen C. Browne, August 11, 2013
‘Most Lonesome Spot’ Marker
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — ‘Most Lonesome Spot’ — Tools for the Trades — Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue
In 1912 John H. and Thomas Hunter opened Hunter Bros., a hardware and implements business, on what John described as "the most lonesome spot between Glenmont and the city of Washington." Housed in a two-story wood frame structure, the hardware . . . — Map (db m67613) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Welcome to Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel at Wheaton Regional Park
This carousel, circa 1915, was operated by Jim Wells on the National Mall for many years as the Herschell-Spillman Carousel. It was purchased and renamed by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission as part of the dedication of the . . . — Map (db m111571) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — 24-Hour Service — Switching Places — Silver Spring Geogia Avenue Heritage Trail
From 1946 to 2000, Tastee Diner's 24-hour service could be enjoyed three blocks south at 8516 Georgia Avenue. Designated a Montgomery County Master Plan Historic Preservation site in 1994, this classic Streamline Moderne-style diner was . . . — Map (db m66995) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — A Community Grows — Wayne Avenue Landmarks — Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue
With a burst of new development in 1927, downtown Silver Spring's commercial center -- originally located around the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad station (8100 Georgia Avenue at Sligo Avenue) -- firmly re-established itself three blocks to the north. . . . — Map (db m62161) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — A Downtown is Born — Local Institutions — Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue
The Establishment of Silver Spring's first bank and Newspaper, traditional institutions required for a community to grow and prosper, occurred on this corner with the opening of the Silver Spring National Bank in 1910 and publication of The Maryland . . . — Map (db m62165) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — A New Deal in Town — Silver Spring Post Office — Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring During the Civil War If you has used our post office between 1937 and 1981 you would have seen a mural depicting a possible Civil War scenario. Opened on March 1, 1937, the Georgian Revival style Silver Spring post office at . . . — Map (db m76411) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — A panorama of five connected buildings... — National Park Seminary
National Park Seminary was a resort hotel from 1887 to 1893, a school for young women from 1894 to 1942, and a U.S. Army medical facility from 1942 to 2004. It is now a unique residential community. A panorama of five connected buildings . . . — Map (db m111572) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — A Pond with a Purpose — Storm Water Management Ponds
Water cycles endlessly through nature, evaporating and rising into the air, condensing and forming clouds, and precipitating back to earth as rain, snow, sleet, or hail. In natural areas, most rain water is caught by vegetation or soaks into . . . — Map (db m110542)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Alternative to Plastic Water Bottles — Green Thumbs Up!
Alternative to Plastic Water Bottles Brookside Gardens has banned the use of plastic water bottles at our own events. Instead we provide a water cooler, from which staff can fill reusable bottles or compostable cups. We've also added . . . — Map (db m110527)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Azalea Garden — 1970
Hans Hanses, the M-NCPPC landscape designer responsible for designing the original gardens, was asked by several people what his design concept was for the gardens: "They were disappointed because there was no such [thing as a garden concept]. We . . . — Map (db m109842) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Bioretention
What is bioretention? Bioretention is a technique using natural methods to remove harmful pollutants in stormwater runoff through a variety of physical, biological, and chemical treatment processes. Pollutants such as particles of dirt, oils, . . . — Map (db m110604)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Bioretention Gardens
Bioretention Gardens absorb rainwater and filter pollutants using soil, stone and plants. Stormwater is rain that runs off hard surfaces and carries pollution to our streams. Montgomery County has thousands of practices like this one to . . . — Map (db m110613)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Bioretention Gardens
Bioretention Gardens absorb rainwater and filter pollutants using soil, stone and plants. Stormwater is rain that runs off hard surfaces and carries pollution to our streams. Montgomery County has thousands of practices like this one to . . . — Map (db m110636) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Blair House
In 1842, Francis Preston Blair built a country house very near this park and divided his time between his 300 acre farm and his city residence "Blair House", which is now the President's official guest house in Washington, D.C. Blair was a powerful . . . — Map (db m75736) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Blair Mansion: Silver Spring / Blair Station Post Office — TRANSORMA/TRANSFORMA © 2005
[Panel 1:] Blair Mansion: Silver Spring Prior to the development of modern Silver Spring, this immediate area was a bucolic, rural landscape in a portion of Montgomery County then known as Sligo. The property was owned by Francis . . . — Map (db m23488) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Building Blocks — A Penny for Your Thoughts — Silver Spring Heritage - Colesville Road
"Shop Along the Silver Strip, Suburban Washington's Newest and Finest Shopping Community," proclaimed the January 8, 1942 Silver Spring Standard newspaper upon its opening. Businesses residing in these storefronts offered a variety of . . . — Map (db m68578) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Burnt Mills
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission built the Burnt Mills water filtration facility in 1929 to meet increasing demand for clean water in the rapidly-growing Washington. D. C. suburbs. The two brick Colonial Revival buildings housed . . . — Map (db m74198) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Canada Dry Building
Designed in 1946 by New York City architect Walter Monroe Cory, the Canada Dry Bottling Plant is the most architecturally significant Streamline Moderne industrial structure in Montgomery County and a landmark in downtown Silver Spring. The extant . . . — Map (db m75058) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Cisterns — Project Summary
In 2015, Glen Waye Gardens Condominiums and Bethesda Green undertook three major methods to reduce Glen Waye's stormwater runoff: • Reforestation project: 60 native trees were planted. • Cisterns: 6 concrete pads and rainwater collection . . . — Map (db m109052) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Composting — Green Thumbs Up!
. . . — Map (db m109844) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Confederate Monument
To the Memory of →•← Seventeen — Unknown — Confederate Dead, Who Fell in Front of Washington, D.C. July 12, 1864. — By Their — Comrades. — Map (db m76032) WM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Conservation Landscaping — Project Summary
In 2015, Glen Waye Gardens Condominiums and Bethesda Green undertook three major methods to reduce Glen Waye's stormwater runoff: • Reforestation Project: 60 native trees were planted. • Cisterns: 6 concrete pads and rainwater . . . — Map (db m109455) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Conservatory — 1969
The original concept for Brookside Gardens was to create an arboretum (a site that primarily focuses on trees and other woody plant materials); however after visiting several botanical gardens in New York plus a stop at Longwood Gardens in . . . — Map (db m109849) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Creating Pollinator & Native Plant Gardens: — The Little Things Run the World
Every time you walk into your garden to enjoy a beautiful flower or pick a fruit, you might thank a bee, butterfly or hummingbird. These and other kinds of animals are pollinators -- they move pollen from one flower to another flower of the same . . . — Map (db m110548)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — During the Summer and Fall in 2002...
During the Summer and Fall in 2002 the senseless violence of two men caused the deaths of thirteen innocent people. Although the tragedies occurred in several parts of the country sniper fire in the Washington, DC area abruptly ended the lives of . . . — Map (db m110640) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Early's Raid on Washington
Washington, D.C. was raided in 1864 by 14,000 Confederate troops led by General Jubal Early. Skirmishes took place in Silver Spring and Washington, with the attack finally being stopped at Fort Stevens - just a few miles south of this site. . . . — Map (db m76026) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Efficient Irrigation System — Green Thumbs Up!
Prior to installation of the Gardens' in-ground irrigation system, 60 percent of gardeners' time was spent pulling up and placing water hoses during the hot, dry months. With this important technology, gardeners can now spend more time actually . . . — Map (db m110550)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Elements of Brookside's Rain Garden
Permeable Sidewalk: Permeable paving captures water that would normally run off and allows it to soak down into gravel beds below. Strip Drain: This drain captures water as it flows across the sidewalk and channels it into the upper . . . — Map (db m110543)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Emerald Ash Borer — Signs and Symptoms
Emerald ash borer or EAB, is an invasive insect that has already killed tens of millions of native ash trees in the US and threatens millions more. Help slow the spread of EAB by checking your ash trees for these common signs and symptoms of . . . — Map (db m110529) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Emerald Ash Borer — Signs and Symptoms
Emerald ash borer or EAB, is an invasive insect that has already killed tens of millions of native ash trees in the US and threatens millions more. Help slow the spread of EAB by checking your ash trees for these common signs and symptoms of . . . — Map (db m110630)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Emerald Ash Borer — Signs and Symptoms
Emerald ash borer or EAB, is an invasive insect that has already killed tens of millions of native ash trees in the US and threatens millions more. Help slow the spread of EAB by checking your ash trees for these common signs and symptoms of . . . — Map (db m110637) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Enticing Business — ‘Buy-Appeal’ through ‘Eye-Appeal’ — Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue
In 1945, John H. Hunter sold his hardware business to Lawrence B. Maloney, Sr. a former International Harvester Co. branch manager from Richmond, Va. Maloney was assisted in his new position by sons Lawrence (Larry), Jr. and Leonard. Renamed . . . — Map (db m67665) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park — 2015 SITES Certified — Sustainable SITES Initiative
Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park is the first Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission park certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES). SITES was created to transform land development and management practices through . . . — Map (db m110603) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler
(Center Plaque): Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler October 7, 1770 - November 20, 1843The first superintendent of the United States' survey of the coast, founded in 1807, led America's efforts in establishing the geodetic framework for all land . . . — Map (db m54502) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Finding a Niche — Early Family Businesses — Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue
“…A Full Line of Dry Goods and Clothing” was available at Moses Sclar's Grand Leader Store (8221 Georgia Avenue), which opened in 1926 and adjoined John and Joseph Dolan's project (see opposite side) to the south. In operation for . . . — Map (db m79236) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — First Bank, First Heist — West Side Development — Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring's First Bank Robbery occurred in 1928, here on the southwest corner of Georgia Avenue and Oak Street (today's Bonifant Street). Commerce in this block began on September 1, 1925, when the Colonial Revival-style Silver Spring . . . — Map (db m68023) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Formal Gardens — 1969
According to Carl Schoening, Chief of Horticulture for the Parks in 1969, "We're always kind of fashioned Brookside to be a miniature Longwood Gardens. To Some extent. Not a copycat, but along those lines." If you've ever visited Longwood . . . — Map (db m109846) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Fragrance Garden — 1972 — Re-designed 1994
The original design for this garden area was conceived as a Garden for the Senses, which included many features intended for blind visitors, including plants with notable fragrances and a water feature that ran the length of the garden—adding . . . — Map (db m109840) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Garden Lunch/Recess Lessons — School's Outside
What Plants Do You Eat? It's no secret that humans depend on plants for food. But, have you ever thought about what parts of the plant that you are eating? Take a look at the six basic plant parts: Seeds, Roots, Stems, Leaves, Flowers . . . — Map (db m110814)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Geodetic Marker — & Time Capsule
This geodetic mark was established to commemorate 200 years of science, service, stewardship to the nation by NOAA and its predecessor agencies and to mark the location of NOAA's 200th Celebration Time Capsule. The materials reflect the essence of . . . — Map (db m66195) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Gude Garden — 1973
The Gude Garden (dedicated by Congressman Gilbert Gude to his father and nurseryman, Adolph Gude) has a calming, Asian feel to it -- though it was not designed to be a Japanese garden in the strict sense. Its emphasis on forms (land, water, and . . . — Map (db m110642)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Guests at The Forest Inn... — National Park Seminary
National Park Seminary was a resort hotel from 1887 to 1893, a school for young women from 1894 to 1942, and a U.S. Army medical facility from 1942 to 2004. It is now a unique residential community. Guests at The Forest Inn, students at . . . — Map (db m109825) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Heat Up, Cool Down — Local Institutions — Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue
From Coal and Horse Feed to Ice Cream, a variety of businesses fronting Georgia Avenue have occupied the corner across Sligo Avenue from where you stand. The earliest documented business was Wilkins & Jordan dealers in flour, feed , hay, grain, . . . — Map (db m62168) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Hotel guests and seminary students... — National Park Seminary
National Park Seminary was a resort hotel from 1887 to 1893, a school for young women from 1894 to 1942, and a U.S. Army medical facility from 1942 to 2004. It is now a unique residential community. Hotel guests and seminary students arrived . . . — Map (db m109821) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Jesup Blair House
Francis Preston Blair brought his family to Washington from Kentucky at the invitation of President Andrew Jackson to publish a newspaper supporting his administration. Between 1842 and 1854, the Blair family built three summer homes in Silver . . . — Map (db m61875) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — John Carroll — 1735 - 1815
John Carroll 1735-1815 First resident pastor here 1774 First Prefect Apostolic - 1784 First Bishop - 1789 First Archbishop - 1808= of the Catholic Church in the United States Erected by Order of the Alhambra . . . — Map (db m109925) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Jubal Early’s Raid on Washington
The only contingent of Confederate soldiers to enter Washington during the Civil War marched down Georgia Avenue, formerly called Seventh Street Pike, the 11th and 12th of July 1864 and attacked Fort Stevens. President Lincoln arrived at Fort . . . — Map (db m65510) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Kemp Mill
A 1794 map of Maryland indicates a mill at this site owned by Quaker minister and political activist Evan Thomas. Thomas' Mill, leased to Thomas Brown in 1803, was sold to Aaron Dyer in 1816. Francis Valdenar purchased the frame saw and grist mill . . . — Map (db m332) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Land, Lumber & Lyrics — Silver Spring Entrepreneurs — Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue
"Three ace promoters of Silver Spring in those days [1920s & 30s], they had a finger in almost every pie." So wrote editor Blair Lee III in August 29, 1947 Maryland News describing his father E. Brooke Lee, James H. Cissel and Frank L. . . . — Map (db m75761) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Matthew Henson — A Lifetime of Exploration
August 8, 1866 - Born in Charles County, Maryland. 1877-1879 - At the age of 12, leaves home to live in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. 1879-1884 - Joins the crew of the ship "Katie Hines" as a cabin boy and explores the . . . — Map (db m110615) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Matthew Henson — A Lifetime of Exploration
August 8, 1866 - Born in Charles County, Maryland. 1877-1879 - At the age of 12, leaves home to live in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. 1879-1884 - Joins the crew of the ship "Katie Hines" as a cabin boy and explores the . . . — Map (db m110616) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Mica Mine Ruins
The mine was located in a wooded area on the western bank of the Northwest Branch, which is now adjacent to the Springbrook Forest subdivision. Mica is a silver-colored, heat resistant rock that can be split into thin transparent sheets. In . . . — Map (db m110671) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Modern Banking — Landmark Architecture — Silver Spring Georgia Avenue Heritage Trail
The 1958 Perpetual Building Association office at 8700 Georgia Avenue is the finest example of Mid-Century Modern architecture in Silver Spring. The University of Maryland study Modern Movement in Maryland extols Perpetual as a "pristine . . . — Map (db m66947) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Monarch Waystation
This site provides milkweeds, nectar sources, and shelter needed to sustain monarch butterflies as they migrate through North America. Certified and registered by Monarch Watch as an official Monarch Waystation. Create, conserve, & . . . — Map (db m110639)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Old Glory
Top section of marker: Old Glory I am the Star Spangled Banner.....   conceived in 1777 out of love   America bore for Liberty and Honor. I am the memorial of countless heroes who   shed their blood to preserve this . . . — Map (db m111567) WM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — One Tree's Life
Over a hundred years ago an acorn sprouted in this spot. During its long life, the oak provided food and shelter for animals. Tree rings tell the story of a tree's life. Wide rings mean years of good growth; narrow rings may mean drought when the . . . — Map (db m110661) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Original Federal Boundary Stone North
Original Federal Boundary Stone District of Columbia Placed 1791-1792 Protected by Maryland Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution 1916 — Map (db m111573) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Prehistoric Rock Shelters
Beginning about 1000 B.C., local American Indian tribes used these rock shelters as "prehistoric motels." Although the tribes had adopted agriculture by that time, they supplemented their diet with wild plants and animals. These shelters provided a . . . — Map (db m110670) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Rachel Carson
Ms. Rachel Louise Carson was born on May 27, 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania, but spent most of her adult life in and around Montgomery County, Maryland. She was a renowned biologist and owed her love of nature to the encouragements of her mother, . . . — Map (db m74150) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Rachel Carson House
Rachel Carson House Has been designated a National Historic Landmark This property possesses national significance in the commemorating the history of the United States of America. 1991 National Park Service United States Department of . . . — Map (db m75694) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — RainScapes — Harvest the Heavens... for Healthy Watersheds
Rainscapes recreate natural ecosystems to help soil capture and filter rain water, which prevents pollution runoff and erosion, while also recharging groundwater supplies. From simple rain barrels to elaborate rain gardens, Rainscapes are a . . . — Map (db m110608)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — RainScapes — Harvest the Heavens... for Healthy Watersheds
Rainscapes recreate natural ecosystems to help soil capture and filter rain water, which prevents pollution runoff and erosion, while also recharging groundwater supplies. From simple rain barrels to elaborate rain gardens, Rainscapes are a . . . — Map (db m110612) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Reforestation — Project Summary
In 2015, Glen Waye Gardens Condominiums and Bethesda Green undertook three major methods to reduce Glen Waye's stormwater runoff: • Reforestation project: 60 native trees were planted. • Cisterns: 6 concrete pads and rainwater collection . . . — Map (db m109008) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Regional Parks — Balancing Recreation with Conservation
Wheaton Regional Park was established in 1961, making it Montgomery County's first park. It remains one of the finest parks in the County today. Visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational and educational opportunities within its 536 acres. . . . — Map (db m110633) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Safeway — Serving Wheaton Since 1951
On this site in 1951, Wheaton welcomed Safeway into the community with a supermarket located at 11215 Georgia Avenue. Safeway was one of the first to offer free parking, refrigerated produce and "Cool Shopping Comfort" in the air conditioned store. . . . — Map (db m109015) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Seminary students belonged to sororities... — National Park Seminary
National Park Seminary was a resort hotel from 1887 to 1893, a school for young women from 1894 to 1942, and a U.S. Army medical facility from 1942 to 2004. It is now a unique residential community. Seminary students belonged to sororities . . . — Map (db m109822) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Shorefield
"The Stubbs Farm" As of 2014 there were five regional parks in Montgomery County, collectively encompassing over 8060 acres. Wheaton Regional Park became the first regional park in the County when it opened in 1961. Defined by a noticeably . . . — Map (db m110631) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Silver Opportunity — Live, Work , Play, Dine & Shop — Silver Spring Heritage Colesville Road
The commercial Vitality of this block sprang to life in the late 1930s. Across the street, where homes with front porches once stood, the 1938 construction of the Silver Spring Shopping Center served as the "Magnet" attracting future . . . — Map (db m69171) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Silver Spring Armory
The Silver Spring Armory, completed in 1927, was significant for its association with the Maryland National Guard 29th Division's service during World Wars I and II. It was one of the major civic buildings constructed in Silver Spring during the . . . — Map (db m75275) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Silver Spring Armory 1914
The first decades of this century saw Silver Spring transformed from a 19th century rural village into an early 20th century residential community and center of commerce. Major E. Brooke Lee and Captain Frank L. Hewitt, returning World War I . . . — Map (db m76024) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Silver Spring B & O Railroad Station
One of the most significant reasons for Silver Spring's growth was its location along the Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad. The railroad line stimulated the development of outlying commuter suburbs. It also allowed the County's agriculture . . . — Map (db m75802) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Silver Spring Experienced by a Mother and Child, 1861-1865
6 August 1863: “Our weather continues intensely hot, so far Blair endures it well — cheerful as a bird — out under the trees all day about the Spring where it is cool from the dense shade & the cool waters, he makes mill dams, . . . — Map (db m82236) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Silver Spring in the Civil War
On July 11-12, 1864, General Jubal Early's 20,000 Confederate troops marched down Georgia Avenue (formerly Seventh Street Turnpike), in their attack on Fort Stevens in the District of Columbia (1). Francis Preston Blair's vacant home (2) "Silver . . . — Map (db m37580) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Silver Spring Shopping Center
The 1938 Silver Spring Shopping Center is a superb example of moderne architecture with art deco elements. Designed by noted architect John Eberson, it is a rare example of an early planned shopping center with parking forming Montgomery County's . . . — Map (db m75065) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Silver Spring Shopping Center
Silver Spring's heyday as a commercial center began in 1938 with the opening of the Silver Theatre and Shopping complex, designed by John Eberson. These streamlined buildings housed a wide variety of shops, as well as a 1,100 seat movie theatre, and . . . — Map (db m76002) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Smithville Colored School — A Julius Rosenwald School
Built in 1927, the Smithfield Colored School was one of sixteen schools for African Americans constructed in the county with financial assistance from the Julian Rosenwald Fund. The Smithville school was built near Colesville, Maryland to provide . . . — Map (db m109226) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Spirited Entertainment — West Side Development — Silver Spring Heritage - Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring's First Movie Theater, the 500-seat SECO (Suburban Electric Company), which opened on November 7, 1927 with the silent film "Fireman Save My Child," was located at 8242-8244 Georgia Avenue. The theater, renamed Roth's Silver . . . — Map (db m78644) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Springing Up — Masonic Temple — Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue
At three stories, this was Silver Springs tallest building. Occupying the prime corner lot at 8435 Georgia Avenue was the Masonic Temple, home of the Silver Spring Lodge No. 215 A.F. & A.M. of Maryland. (Ancient and Free Accepted Mason). About three . . . — Map (db m62102) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Stream Restoration
Wheaton Branch The health of Wheaton Branch affect the condition of all the waterways into which it flows, from Sligo Creek to the Atlantic Ocean. Wheaton Branch is a tributary of Sligo Creek which flows into the Northwest Branch of the . . . — Map (db m110607)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Suggestions for Walking the Labyrinth
What is a Labyrinth? The Labyrinth is a silent walking meditation. Unlike a maze, which challenges the mind with choices and dead ends, labyrinths have only one clear, winding path leading the walker from the edge to the center. Labyrinths . . . — Map (db m110643)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The ‘Mayor’ of Silver Spring
“Don’t Worry About It” The ‘Mayor’ of Silver Spring. Norman Lane 1911-1987.

Remembering the Loving Kindhearted Forbearance of the People of Silver Spring

The “Mayor of Silver Spring” was our . . . — Map (db m79247) HM

Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Aloha cottage was built in 1898... — National Park Seminary
National Park Seminary was a resort hotel from 1887 to 1893, a school for young women from 1894 to 1942, and a U.S. Army medical facility from 1942 to 2004. It is now a unique residential community. The Aloha cottage was built in 1898 as a . . . — Map (db m109823) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Blair Family and the Civil War
In his declaration of war on April 15, 1861, President Lincoln made an urgent request: “I appeal to all loyal citizens to favor, facilitate and aid said effort to maintain the honor, the integrity, and the existence of our National Union, . . . — Map (db m82166) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Blair Family and their Silver Spring Homes
“…[They] have to an unusual degree the spirit of [a] clan. Their family is a closed corporation.” Secretary John Hay recorded a White House conversation in which the President Abraham Lincoln, spoke of the Blair . . . — Map (db m82293) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Bridge to Understanding — 1963 - 2012 — 50th Anniversary
The Tradition of Friendship Continues Between Girl Scouts of Japan and Girl Scouts of America. — Map (db m109838) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Burger King — Silver Spring Entrepreneurs — Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue
"Buy 'em by the Bag," the motto urged. For more than half a century, hamburger-hungry customers came to Maryland's first Little Tavern to do just that. Harry F. Duncan founded Little Tavern Shops, Inc., which specialized in 5’ little . . . — Map (db m75468) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Civil War in Silver Spring
Just west of the Jesup Blair House was "Falklands," home of President Lincoln's Postmaster General, Montgomery C. Blair, and "Silver Spring," home of his father, Francis Preston Blair. During the attack on Ft. Stevens, July 11 and 12, 1864, . . . — Map (db m3972) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The classical style of the gymnasium... — National Park Seminary
National Park Seminary was a resort hotel from 1887 to 1893, a school for young women from 1894 to 1942, and a U.S. Army medical facility from 1942 to 2004. It is now a unique residential community. The classical style of the gymnasium, built . . . — Map (db m109824) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Community of Silver Spring
The Community of Silver Spring, Maryland, derives its name from this spring, discovered in 1840 by Francis Preston Blair and his daughter, Elizabeth. While riding on horseback in the woods beyond Washington, rays of sun on mica sand particles in the . . . — Map (db m74684) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Forest Inn was built... — National Park Seminary
National Park Seminary was a resort hotel from 1887 to 1893, a school for young women from 1894 to 1942, and a U.S. Army medical facility from 1942 to 2004. It is now a unique residential community. The Forest Inn was built in 1887 as a summer . . . — Map (db m109819) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Harper Family Homestead
Take a moment to think about your home and family life. Thomas Harper and his wife Elizabeth raised six children in this home. Later, their son Richard and his wife Rachel raised fifteen children there. They kept chickens and pigs, had vegetable . . . — Map (db m109224) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The massive Ament Hall... — National Park Seminary
National Park Seminary was a resort hotel from 1887 to 1893, a school for young women from 1894 to 1942, and a U.S. Army medical facility from 1942 to 2004. It is now a unique residential community. The massive Ament Hall, built in 1927, . . . — Map (db m109818) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Northwest Branch
This stream has flowed here for millions of years, gradually changing its course and meandering back and forth across its floodplain to widen and level the valley floor. Regular floods after heavy rains deposit sediments creating rich soils that . . . — Map (db m110673) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Pond in Autumn — Brookside Nature Center
Autumn Wildlife--Autumn's shorter days bring cooler weather. Leaves begin changing from green to yellow, gold, orange and red. Animals get ready for colder days by building up fat and energy reserves. Some eat leaves, seeds, nuts, and . . . — Map (db m110721)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Pond in Spring — Brookside Nature Center
Spring Wildlife--In the spring, a flurry of activity takes place in and around the pond. Animals that were inactive during winter become active as the days get longer and warmer. Many begin selecting territories and mates. The pond is full . . . — Map (db m110555)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Pond in Summer — Brookside Nature Center
Summer Wildlife--In the summer, animals that were born in spring have left their dens and nests and begin to make their own way in the world. In the Pond--The pond provides habitat for painted, red-bellied and snapping turtles. . . . — Map (db m110557)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Pond in Winter — Brookside Nature Center
Winter Wildlife--Some animals that live around the pond remain active, foraging for food to sustain them in the winter. A thick layer of fat keeps them warm, and provides energy reserves when food is hard to find. Most animals within the . . . — Map (db m110554)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Silver Spring
The community of Silver Spring derives its name from a mica flecked sparkling spring which existed in the immediate area and is now commemorated in this park. Francis Preston Blair, who came to Maryland from Kentucky to publish a newspaper in . . . — Map (db m101) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — The Spirit of Wheaton
[This historical mural depicts the] Graeves Home, 1922; Lieshner Radio Repair, 1948; Little Tavern Cafe, 1950; Hickerson Station & Store, 1925; Getty Farm, 1912. Design and Art Work [by The] Maryland College of Art and Design, Edward Glynn, . . . — Map (db m109225) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Trial Garden — 1974
The first Trial Garden was a temporary display that tested new varieties of vegetables and annual plants for use in home landscapes. The permanent Trial Garden (pictured far right after completion) continues with this mission, but with more . . . — Map (db m109843) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Two Roads
This sculpture, titled Two Roads, is a kind of open book that stands where two paths diverge, reflecting visitors and their world. The pages, with passages of caution, insight, beauty and hope, are quietly disintegrating dissolving into the . . . — Map (db m110365) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Visions Realized — Early Family Businesses — Silver Heritage - Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring in the early 1900s saw the construction of several private dwellings fronting the east side of Georgia Avenue, originally named the Washington and Brookeville Turnpike. One of these was an American four-square house built in 1909 . . . — Map (db m79226) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — What Are Rain Gardens?
Rain gardens are designed to capture stormwater runoff, holding it until the water soaks into the ground. The water may come from any impervious surface including roofs, streets, sidewalks, or even lawns. Normally this water (along with sediments . . . — Map (db m110547)
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — What Happened Here? — Brookside Gardens
On July 25, 2010 a microburst (similar to a tornado) tore through this section of the Gardens, breaking and toppling many large trees in a matter of seconds. As this old tuliptree fell, parts of the substantial root system lifted an entire section . . . — Map (db m109847) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Wheaton Veterans Park — M-NCPPC Department of Parks Montgomery County
Dedicated to America's courageous men and women veterans — Map (db m110609) WM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — William L. Chaplin Arrested!
On August 8, 1850 a hired carriage was forcibly stopped in the middle of Brookeville Pike (Georgia Avenue) near this spot by a Sheriff's posse from Washington, D.C. and a shoot-out ensued. The carriage was driven by William Chaplin, who was unarmed, . . . — Map (db m109230) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — Xeriscape Demonstration Project — at Woodside Urban Park
This demonstration garden was installed on October 30, 2010 to promote landscaping methods that conserve water. These methods have become increasingly important as our global climate changes. D&R International, an environmental consulting firm . . . — Map (db m111214) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Silver Spring — You Are Here - 1931 — Mapping Silver Spring's Success — Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue
Brick Is Enduring. In 1931, the Lansdale, PA engineer Frank HM Klinge published the Atlas of Montgomery County; Volume One. Real estate atlases were created to assist fire insurance companies in assessing the risk associated with insuring a . . . — Map (db m75302) HM

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