The King Barn Diary MOOseum may be the best spot to see Montgomery County’s agricultural past and its “suburban present” in one place. In the early 1900s, this was a thriving dairy farm covering 350 acres of farmland. Now, on the crest of the Agricultural Reserve, it’s surrounded by soccer fields at the Maryland SoccerPlex and modern, high-density housing developments.
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Can you tell how this interpretation of Van Gogh’s Starry Night was constructed?
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Methodist churches were founded in Gaithersburg in the mid-1800s. Built in 1905, the Grace United Methodist Church is distinctive for its bell tower with cedar shake siding. The building is impressive with large stained-glass windows, intricate brick masonry and a slate roof. The area around the church has changed a lot over the last 100 years. Now, it’s located on a very busy section of MD-355 and is surrounded by fast food restaurants, strip shops and a pawn shop next door. This is a solid structure. I expect it will be around for another hundred years.
With its gold domes, this church on New Hampshire Avenue at the ICC is hard to miss. The St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox parish was founded in 1949 shortly after World War II when immigrants arrived here from the Ukraine after World War II. The church sponsors the Washington Ukrainian Festival which is an ideal opportunity to sample Ukrainian food, beer, entertainment and culture. Learn more at their website and see more churches in Montgomery County.
The Maryland SoccerPlex is a public-private partnership that set out to deliver the largest, premier recreational facility in the Washington DC metro area. I can’t speak for other similar parks in the area, but I can confirm this is park is pretty fantastic. Here’s a summary of what’s here and available homes in the area. Click here for a big map that has everything offered.
Walk, Run and Bike
The SocccerPlex is surrounded by paved trails which are ideal for a walk, run or family bike ride. You’ll find residents of all fitness levels enjoying the rolling hills and scenery. This is also an ideal meeting place for serious road cycling in the Agricultural Reserve.
Soccer, Soccer, Soccer
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You may have noticed this small church in Gaithersburg on MD-355 at Summit Avenue. This chapel was was built in 1882, but the Ascension’s earliest history traces back to 1695 when the Church of England came to the New World. Now this chapel is part of a larger campus and is one of the largest Episcopal churches in the metro D.C. area. Learn more at their website and see more churches in Montgomery County.
Glen Echo Park is a fun and quirky trip back to the turn of the century (that would be the 1900s, not 2000). It was an amusement park and entertainment mecca serving the Washington DC area. It even had its own trolley stop. Now, it’s so much more than a collection of historical buildings. This is home to an array of interesting arts classes for ceramics, photography, drawing and more. The park’s Social Dances may be its most unique attraction. Here you’ll find local swing, waltzes, the blues dances and more. If you like that kind of thing, then you’ll love this place. Here’s a current schedule of classes and events.
The crown jewel of the park is the Dentzel Carousel. Built in 1921 and recently renovated, this original carousel features 40 horses, rabbits, ostriches and more. The Wurlitzer organ is original as well.
September 4th, 2012 Categories: North Potomac
Potomac Chase and Mills Farm are very popular neighborhoods in North Potomac. These are picture-perfect neighborhoods in a great location. See all current homes for sale and past sales for Potomac Chase and Mills Farm, and check out this video profile.
This historical church in Gaithersburg is surrounded by mature oak trees and has a striking, green tin roof. The current structure was built in 1883 after the original building, built in 1836, was destroyed by fire. This church has a rich history starting in 1812 and is part of a larger, modern campus today. Learn more at their website and see more churches in Montgomery County.
Lots green space and parks help make Montgomery County a great place to live. The Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg is a great escape with an extensive trail system, picnic areas, huge playground, boating and fishing — all overlooking Clopper Lake. This park is host to several great events during the year. The Mongtomery County Road Runners organizes the Seneca Creek-Greenway Trail Marathon in late winter. And the City of Gaithersburg transforms the park into a Winter Light Festival from Thanksgiving through December 31st.
This park is definitely worth checking out! See more parks in Montgomery County.
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August 24th, 2012 Categories: Market Updates
The setting for this month’s report is the 2012 Montgomery County Fair. Month-to-month contract activity continues was down in June and July, but we typically see this trend this time of year. Compared to this time last year, the number of contracts over the last three months is Read the rest of this entry »
The Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland is celebrating their 10 year anniversary. I can remember when this was built — was that 10 years ago? The ‘Germantown Town Center’ has grown up around Black Rock Center. They have great camps for kids during the summer, thought-provoking art exhibits, concerts and plays. Get more information on Black Rock with current schedule of classes, events and exhibitions on their website.