Bethesda Historical Society

January 23, 2022 - Bethesda's 151st birthday!

the historical society of Bethesda, Maryland



Saturday October 1

Say hello to us at our table celebrating the 90th birthday of the Bethesda Farm Women's Cooperative Market

Sunday October 16 @ 3:00 pm

Join the Historic Edgemoor Walking Tour With Fred Berner

Fred Berner tour of historic Edgemoor

Enjoy a walk around the historic Edgemoor neighborhood of Bethesda with Fred Berner, author of “Old Edgemoor – The Heart of Bethesda.”

            This new tour – fourth in a series of five Edgemoor tours — features century-old Edgemoor homes, each with its own architecture and history, as well as other historic sites. We will begin at “The Tudor Place House,” built in 1916 as Edgemoor’s third “Show House.” For the past 60 years, it has served as “The Manor House” of the Sidwell Friends Lower School.

The second home on the tour is listed as a historic property by Maryland’s Historical Trust. Built in 1923, this Italian Renaissance residence has a hipped slate roof, jettied eaves, and rusticated voussoirs – hallmarks of the fashionable architecture of the early 20th century. For 60 years, this was the home of James Fieser, chief of Red Cross disaster relief in the Great Depression, and his family.

Next we will visit “Four Winds,” a Second Empire mansion also built in 1923. Edgemoor icons Harrison and Marjorie Hathaway and their three daughters lived there for 45 years. This 3-story house features a Mansard roof with multiple chimneys and dormers, projecting gable wings, and a grand entrance.

Our tour will then move to the site of Bethesda’s first public library, the site of the Bethesda School, built in 1903, and “The Church That Named Bethesda” – all demonstrating why “Old Edgemoor” was indeed “The Heart of Bethesda.”

            The tour will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. at 7400 Beverly Road in Bethesda. This will be an entirely outdoor event, but we hope that all who attend will be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Fred Berner is author of “Old Edgemoor – The Heart of Bethesda.”


Dairy Industry in the Bethesda Area in the First Half of the 20th Century with Richard Rowe

Dairy farms and creameries in the Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Silver Spring area were pretty much gone by the 1940s. The early Bethesda area dairy farms and creameries are identified and located on a map and some are discussed in detail.
This presentation was developed in cooperation with the Bethesda Historical Society to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Bethesda.
An 80-minute video from Montgomery History April 27, 2022.

History of Bethesda Schools with Ralph Buglass

This richly-illustrated talk, in partnership with the Bethesda Historical Society, details the ways that Bethesda schools set the pace for education in Montgomery County public schools beginning in the early 1900s.
A 1-hour video from October 5, 2021.

Award to Bethesda's Bill Offutt

Congratulations to Bethesda historian and lifelong resident Bill Offutt who was presented Montgomery Preservation’s Lifetime Achievement Award this year.
An 8-minute video.

Upcoming Events 

Wednesday October 12
7:30 pm

Bethesda Historical Society Monthly Meeting 
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