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Josiah Henson Historic Park

The Josiah Henson Park is a 4-acre park in Montgomery County which represents a portion of the original Riley plantation where Rev Josiah Henson was enslaved for much of his life. His life story inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The Riley/Bolton House, listed on both the County Master Plan for Historic Preservation and the National Register of Historic Places, is the centerpiece of the site. M-NCPPC’s goal for this project is to create a new museum, outdoor archaeological education, and visitor arrival area.

Floura Teeter provided design services for the visitor’s center landscape, improvements to site circulation, tree preservation strategies, and new planting to meet Forest Conservation and Montgomery County regulations.

The landscape design sought to minimize grading to preserve significant and historic trees. The design process was one of subtraction, reducing grading and new plantings to reflect more closely the landscape as it may have been when Josiah Henson was in residence.

The project is currently under construction.

Project Category: Parks & Recreation

Location: Bethesda, MD

Client: Maryland-National Capital Parks & Planning Commission

Contractor: CFI Construction Corp.

Architect: Ziger|Snead Architects

Engineer: A. Morton Thomas & Associates

Project Costs: $4,500,000

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