Bethesda Historical Society

January 23, 2024 - Bethesda's 153rd birthday!

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Come see our big exhibit at the Connie Morella Library in Bethesda


Four big display cases of fascinating Bethesda artifacts!
Connie Morella Library is at 7400 Arlington Rd in Bethesda.

Exploration of Archaeology at Henson site
Thursday April 18 @ 6 pm

For Maryland Archaeology Month, Cassandra Michaud will explore how Montgomery Parks combined archaeological research and Josiah Henson’s autobiography to uncover a plantation buried in a suburban neighborhood. Tickets include a self-guided tour of the museum.

Thursday, April 18, 2024 from 6 – 7 pm, Fee: $5
at Josiah Henson Museum and Park, 11410 Old Georgetown Road,  North Bethesda, MD 20852
Tickets available at the door or online.

A New Walk Through Old Bethesda With Fred Berner on Sunday May 19 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm

This new free tour features some of the oldest homes in Bethesda, each with its own unique architecture and history. You’ll visit “Moreland” built in 1894. Present owners Teresa and Will McKinnon will tell you how they restored the house and listed it in the prestigious National Register of Historic Places – a very unique distinction in Bethesda.

Next stop will be at “Dulce” built in 1903 and perhaps the highest point in all of Bethesda. You’ll stop briefly outside of what may be the very oldest house in this area of Bethesda, a small tenant farmhouse built in the 1860s. Next is “The Brooke House,” a Beaux Arts mansion built in 1913 and Edgemoor’s first “Show House.” Last stop is “Dunrobin,” built in 1915 by Charles Robb, grandfather of “Chuck” Robb, the former Virginia senator and governor. In 1925, it was called one of the ten most beautiful homes in the Washington area.

Past, Present and Future of Bethesda Meeting House

Watch Hank Levine, president of the Bethesda Meeting House Foundation, present an illustrated tour of this iconic building’s history, architecture and significance.

Click here to watch it on Youtube
Hank’s presentation begins at the 3:10 mark.