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Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hikes

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    Acwg2017/8/9
    The Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Department run guided tours through the woods. Check their schedule before y...更多The Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Department run guided tours through the woods. Check their schedule before you head out. The renovated barn is a good place to start your visit. The web site for the Manor seems out of date, but I hope that is fixed soon. During Heritage Days, the trail ends at the Sandy Spring Quaker meeting house, which is worth taking a look at. Usually, during the Heritage event, a bus takes you back to your car at the Manor....更少
    peat o2017/4/10
    This pleasant trail through a suburban woods in Sandy Spring offers families and casual walkers a sense of the past. The...更多This pleasant trail through a suburban woods in Sandy Spring offers families and casual walkers a sense of the past. The townspeople and nearby farmers were mostly Quakers, (Society of Friends) and so it remains today, though many of the farms have been subdivided into maxi-mansions. The trail starts from the NE edge of the Woodlawn Manor property which dates back to the Federal era and is now used by the U.S. Park Police and medical emergency helicopters. Woodlawn is the focal point of the history trail if you have an official guide. Visitors may take a scheduled tour or walk the path on their own through the little woods. Extended walks on local roads lead to the Sandy Spring Meeting House and historic cemetery and a little further to the Sandy Spring Museum. For me, the only downside is seeing the massive energy-gulping modern houses of rather common design that now occupy the land where descendants of enslaved people lived as recently as two decades ago. It's difficult to know where those residents went when their properties were razed to make way for the status houses. The clapboard remnants, shacks, stills, and wells of that reality were still visible in the 1950s when my school bus rolled down the little lanes that are now fast paced ex-urban arteries. The official Sandy Spring spring survives and can be seen by continuing on after the marked walking trail. Maryland's Quaker farmers employed African-Americans who were not enslaved and helped those fleeing the deep South on their way to freedom. Some farmers also supported indentured and enslaved people on the farms. For those interested in the history of the town, the Sandy Spring Museum offers artifacts and a library....更少
    CharlesEliot2016/8/18
    My wife and I had passed the underground railroad sign in Sandy Spring, Maryland, many times. We finally decided to sto...更多My wife and I had passed the underground railroad sign in Sandy Spring, Maryland, many times. We finally decided to stop by on a hot but not oppressive day in early August to see what was there. We were very glad that we did. On the grounds were a beautiful Georgian mansion built in the early 1800s called Woodlawn Manor, an interesting stone barn with a museum inside, and a well-marked path to the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. The mansion was not open to visitors, but we were permitted to walk around the grounds. There were beautiful flowers in the garden, teeming with Monarch butterflies. There was also an interesting statue of a woman holding a small child who was either holding a bird in his hand or, more likely, was reaching up toward a bird that was supposed to be flying by. There were also three small buildings -- one of stone, one of wood, and one of logs -- that were not used by the three little pigs but, rather, for various household purposes (including, perhaps, slave quarters) when the Palmer family occupied the main dwelling. We glanced inside the very interesting stone barn but did not pay the $5 fee ($7 for non-seniors) to view the exhibits. Instead, we headed to the underground railroad trail. According to the information provided online and at the carriage house (where you can pay for admission to the stone barn visitor center and pick up a trail guide), a portion of the underground railroad trail ran through Montgomery County, Maryland, at this very location, where anti-slavery Quakers had settled. It is a bit of a walk over grass in the open air before you get to the path that leads through the fairly dense woods. On a sunny, hot day, the path through the forest is a pleasant and (pun-intended) cool experience. Undoubtedly, the runaway slaves who actually used this forest path in their quest for freedom were even more pleased than we were to leave the open field in favor of a secluded path through the dense woods. With one exception (noted later), the path was well-marked with signs for modern-day visitors. The original visitors presumably had to rely on the stars to know that they were headed in the right direction. There is not really much to see along the way, but we amused ourselves by watching and photographing butterflies attracted to several bushes with the wild purple flowers adjacent to the path. After we crossed the bridge that leads over the stream and into another open field, we saw some very large birds, which might have been turkey buzzards. At this point, somewhere between number 7 and 8 on the points-of-interest signs, we took a wrong turn. There was a sign post that, to our minds, indicated that the trail was veering of to the right (because, when viewed from the field, the sign spelled out the word trail and had an arrow pointing away from the path that we were on. So we took that detour, along a grassy, beaten path through dense shrubbery and thorns, only to discover that it led to a housing development off the main trail. When we backtracked, we saw that the same post had another sign on its other side pointing back to the trail that we had been on before being misled by the confusing sign. In any event, when back on the right path, we headed toward point of interest number 8 -- the source of the Sandy Spring. The only point of interest remaining on the trail was the Champion White Ash Tree. But we had already gone about 1 and 3/4 miles on the 2-mile trail, and still had to return to where our car was parked, so we headed back. Apart from our one mishap, the trail was easy to follow, and easy to traverse. There were a couple of hills here and there along the way, but they were not unduly steep. All in all, we had a wonderful walk along the trail, and we would readily recommend this outing to others....更少
    Bonnie B2016/7/31
    We went on the volunteer lead Underground Railroad hike - about 3 miles, took about 2 1/2 hours. The time flew by and ...更多We went on the volunteer lead Underground Railroad hike - about 3 miles, took about 2 1/2 hours. The time flew by and it was a bargain at $5. The tour guide, Mike, was very well informed. He posed moral questions about slavery and how we would respond. He included local and national history. Highly recommend...更少
    DCHistoryAndCulture2016/7/10
    Excellent Undeground Railroad / Escape from Slavery outdoor hike conducted at Woodlawn Manor in Maryland. Woodlawn Mano...更多Excellent Undeground Railroad / Escape from Slavery outdoor hike conducted at Woodlawn Manor in Maryland. Woodlawn Manor is a beautiful historical park, worth visiting just by itself. However, the best component is their Underground Railroad experience, a two-mile hike where you learn the difficulty escaping slaves faced in their journey for freedom. Someone can always just read about history, or watch a video at home. But actually getting outdoors and experiencing history for yourself really makes you appreciate the risks these courageous people took, and the the challenges they had to overcome just to be free. A great educational program!...更少

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