Historic Medley District, Inc.

Historic Medley was founded in 1974 to promote the conservation of buildings, structures, objects and spaces that contribute to the historic character of the area; the development and implementation of plans for preserving and using these resources;

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Thank you to everyone who joined us last night. We had a great time hosting you and hope you were all sufficiently spooked!

We can’t wait for Friday’s tour too! If you are unable to make it because we had to reschedule, please let us know.

Have a wonderful Halloween! 🎃



⛈ Well, it doesn’t look like Mother Nature is going to cooperate this evening. However, our wonderful storyteller, Christine Rai, is able to reschedule for next Friday! 🎉

If you have tickets for tonight, we hope to see you at the same time and place on November 5th. 🗓

If you are unable to make the rescheduled date we would love for you to consider your ticket a generous tax-deductible donation to HMD.

We do however, understand that some would prefer a refund. If this is the case please reach out to us by November 1st and we will proceed the refund for you.

Saturday evenings weather looks better and we’ll see our Saturday ticket holders tomorrow!

Stay safe and stay spooky 👻!


We are so excited about 👻Ghost Tours this weekend!

We are also keeping a very close eye on the weather and formulating the best course of action if it does rain. 🚫⛈🚫

If you’ve purchased tickets for Friday, check back here Friday morning for an update. We’ll also email all ticket holders through eventbrite with an update.📧

Thank you all for your fantastic support! 🤩


Our Historic Ag Reserve Property Tour is now underway! Thank you to the 125+ people who purchased tickets to support HMD. Enjoy your day exploring local history!

Historic Ag Reserve Properties Outdoor Open House 10/06/2021

Historic Ag Reserve Properties Outdoor Open House

There are only a few tickets left for the Historic Property Tour on October 23rd! Come explore the grounds and exterior of four local houses and learn about their history from Historic Ag Reserve Properties. All tickets support HMD!

Historic Ag Reserve Properties Outdoor Open House Explore the grounds of four historic properties in the Ag Reserve


There are two exciting programs next month that highlight local history and support HMD!

October 23: The Historic Ag Reserve Properties Tour gives you access to the grounds and outbuildings of private historic homes in the area. www.historicagreserveoutdoortour.eventbrite.com

October 29 and 30: Poolesville Ghost Tours for both families and adults. **More tickets just added** www.hmdghosttour.eventbrite.com

Get your tickets now before they sell out again!

Historic Ag Reserve Properties Outdoor Open House 09/26/2021

Historic Ag Reserve Properties Outdoor Open House

Tickets for the Historic Ag Reserve Outdoor Tour are now on sale!


Historic Ag Reserve Properties Outdoor Open House Explore the grounds of four historic properties in the Ag Reserve


Historic Ag Reserve Properties is hosting an outdoor tour next month to benefit HMD and tickets go on sale TODAY! The tour sold out in just a couple hours last time so make sure to check back at 5:00 pm for the link to get your tickets!

Interested in the Historic Ag Reserve Properties Tour on October 23rd!? Tickets will go live here at 5pm tomorrow night!

Important Details:

What: Historic Ag Reserve Properties Tour
When: October 23, 2021 11:30am - 4:30pm
Where: 4 Historic Ag Reserve Properties: Montevideo, Lindenwood Farm, Mt. Carmel, and the Solomon Simpson Plantation
Cost: $20 per person (16 and over); $10 for children (3 to 15); Under 3 is free. All children are expected to be supervised by parents at all times.
Tickets: Limited to 100 online (more tickets to possibly be sold day of at Locals)

1130am: All ticketholders to meet at the back porch of the John Poole House (next to Locals)
1130-1200pm: Kenny (Creater, Historic Ag Reserve Properties) will provide a historic overview of the properties, brief participants of ground rules, ensure all participants receive wrist-bands showing proof of ticket purchase, and provide participants with detailed guide providing directions to each property.
12:00pm: Participants released to their cars to explore the 4 properties.
12:00-4:00pm: Property exploration (Kenny will travel around and provide informal historic overviews of homes). Properties can be visited in any order and participants can stay as long as they would like at each property.
4:00-4:30pm: All participants to leave properties and return home.

-At some properties, participants will be allowed to tour parts of interior structures (homes, barns, outbuildings, etc) while other properties will only allow exploration of the property's exterior.

-Property owners have full discretion and the final say in where participants will be allowed to explore.

-Due to Covid, masks will be highly encouraged when outdoors and in close proximity to others. Masks are required when entering inside any structure (homes, barns, outbuildings, etc.)

-Food and Drinks: Participants should feel free to bring along food and drinks of their choosing to enjoy while exploring (We highly recommend stocking up on snacks and drinks at Locals before embarking on your tour!). No food or drink will be allowed inside any structures at any time.

-Ticketholders assume full responsibility for any risks or loss, property damage or personal injury that may be sustained by them or their children as a result of participating in this event. Participants acknowledge the inherent risks associated with this event.


Don’t forget to stop by the Old Town Hall and the John Poole House tomorrow during Poolesville Day. Check out our new self guided tours and grab a snack from our friends next door at Locals!

The backyard at the John Poole House might just be the best spot in town to rest during such a busy festive day!

Paranormal Poolesville 09/16/2021

Paranormal Poolesville

If you’ve been to our ghost tours you know Christine Rai tells an amazing bone chilling story.

Check her out at this virtual event hosted by Poolesville Seniors on October 14th.

And keep an eye on our page for upcoming info about HMDs 3rd Annual Ghost Tours!


Paranormal Poolesville The western Agricultural Reserve is rich in natural resources, history, and folklore, including spooky tales of the mysterious or supernatural. On October 14th at 7pm, join haunted places explorer Lennon Gross and folklore enthusiast


Poolesville Day is on this weekend!!

Be sure to stop by Old Town Hall and the John Poole House. Both of these historic properties will be open with self guided tours and volunteers on hand.

Come see where it all began!


We are so excited to start hosting events again and have tons of fall fun coming your way!

First up, Sunday morning yoga! 🧘‍♀️

Our fantastic neighbor, Locals Farm Market, is generously hosting a relaxing morning yoga session. Join Joyce on Sunday, 9/12, from 8:30a-9:40a in the backyard at the John Poole House. Bring your mat, water bottle, and $15 suggested donation for Historic Medley District!

Once the session is over, peek in the windows at the John Poole House and grab breakfast ☕️from Locals!

Stay tuned for even more wonderful events this fall! 🍂


Seneca Schoolhouse has reopened for private programs and small field trips this spring, with availability through the first week of June! Come experience a 19th century school day!

Programs are $150 for up to 12 kids for 3 hours, and are best for elementary aged students. Contact Julie Shapiro at [email protected] or 301-407-0777 for more details and to schedule.

#explorethereserve: Week Two: The Historic African-American Community of Sugarland 11/04/2020

#explorethereserve: Week Two: The Historic African-American Community of Sugarland

Looking for an opportunity to get off screens, go outside, and explore our corner of MoCo? Check out Christine Rai's #explorethereserve; each week offers a new destination. This week focuses on the historical Sugarland community.

#explorethereserve: Week Two: The Historic African-American Community of Sugarland Week Two #Explorethereserve: The Historic African-American Community of Sugarland With Halloween behind us and our clocks set back an hour, we are now firmly in the fall season. Leaves rattle in th…

Photos from Historic Medley District, Inc.'s post 01/30/2020

Help HMD and 2 other local non-profits doing good work in and around Poolesville....

Canvas prints of these images by Martin Radigan -- taken locally -- are currently on display at Watershed Cafe through the end of the month. Once they come down I'm going to sell each for cost plus $100 -- that $100 going to local charity. I will split 100% of the profits with 3 of my favorite local charities: WUMCO, Historic Medley District, and Montgomery Countryside Alliance. These are printed on canvas and mounted to 1.5 inch frames (they stand out from the wall but are not actually framed), museum quality prints ready to hang. Size and cost of each print below. First come first served. Pick up at my house after 2/1. Message me to arrange payment. Here's a chance to own some wall bling at significantly lower price than usual and support the good work of WUMCO, HMD, and MCA.

Beallsville Garage 30x17", $212 (*SOLD*)
Black and White Stone Barn 36x18", $230
Farm, Long Exposure at Sunrise 30x19", $212
Farm at Sunset with Sheep and Sugarloaf 38x13", $213 (*SOLD*)
Storm Cloud over Farmstead 30x20", $218
Black and White House with Sun Rays 26x16", $199
Sunflowers 32x20", $224
Tree with Shadows 36x21", $231
Eagle in Tree 15x11", $166

Photos from Historic Medley District, Inc.'s post 11/03/2019

Those of us at HMD are humbled to be part of the coalition supporting the Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project. Today a moving remembrance and soil collection ceremony was held in Poolesville, in honor of lynching victim George Peck (c. 1858-1880).

Photos from Historic Ag Reserve Properties's post 10/28/2019

Many thanks to Kenny Sholes for planning this amazing tour to benefit Historic Medley District!


The Heritage Harvest Festival is today and tomorrow! You can choose from 25 local farms to visit; enjoy farm markets, local produce and wine, farm animals, and more. Note that some farms will only be open on Saturday. View the brochure:https://www.heritagemontgomery.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/HH19-brochure-for-web.pdf


Coming out to Poolesville Day? Make sure to stop by Old Town Hall and the newly renovated John Poole House. Check out our Civil War artifacts and Poolesville history!

Uncommon Dinner 09/16/2019

What an amazing night! Thanks to the Town of Poolesville and the Friday on the Commons Committee for making the Uncommon Dinner a wonderful event on behalf of HMD. We at HMD appreciate all of your hard work and vision!

Historic Ag Reserve Properties Tour 09/14/2019

Historic Ag Reserve Properties Tour

Tickets to next month’s Historic Property Tour are now on sale! Get your seat on the bus now— tickets are limited and selling fast! All proceeds benefit Historic Medley District.

Historic Ag Reserve Properties Tour COME EXPLORE WITH US! Don't miss this special opportunity to discover some of the most captivating historic properties of the Ag Reserve: Solomon Simpson Plantation, Monocacy Cemetery, Aix La Chapelle, Rocklands, the Upton Darby House, and East Oaks. Your ticket gets you a seat on the bus, access to...


Exciting event coming up!

Save the Date and Come Explore With Us!

October 27, 2019

Many of you have asked for a home tour event. Very excited to announce that the first one will take place in October!

The tour includes a guided bus (thanks Calleva!) taking us to each of the properties, going inside each of these amazing homes, and knowledgeable experts guiding you at each site!

Properties on the Tour: Aix La Chapelle, Rocklands, Solomon Simpson Plantation, Monocacy Cemetery and Chapel, and the Upton Darby House/Poole Store.

Tickets will go on sale next Saturday, September 14th at 10am. (More details on the event coming this week).

Photos from Historic Ag Reserve Properties's post 09/02/2019

Photos from Historic Ag Reserve Properties's post

Photos from Historic Ag Reserve Properties's post 08/08/2019

Photos from Historic Ag Reserve Properties's post


The John Poole House sign has been treated to a Spring refresh. Thanks to Donald M. Street for his restoration work.

Photos from Historic Medley District, Inc.'s post 03/12/2019

Thanks to all who came out to hear Kenny Sholes, the 2nd speaker in our series. We had a full house! Next up is Skip Etheridge on April 7 (4pm, Old Town Hall). Stay tuned for more info.

Tony Cohen Discusses Lynching in MoCo 02/15/2019

Tony Cohen Discusses Lynching in MoCo

Were you able to attend our first speaker series on Sunday?!?

We are so grateful to Tony Cohen for kicking off our series and all those who were able to be there. It was a huge success!

Were you not able to make it or just want to relive the event, check out the video below from County Cable Montgomery!

Join us for our next event in the series on March 10th as Kenny Sholes presents “A Brief Survey of Our Inheritance: Historic Ag Reserve Properties”. More details to follow soon!


Tony Cohen Discusses Lynching in MoCo Local historian Tony Cohen, spoke to a crowd in Poolesville, Maryland about a painful subject of Montgomery County's history. Susan Kenedy has the story

Photos from Historic Medley District, Inc.'s post 02/11/2019

What a great kick-off for the HMD Speaker Series! On behalf of the HMD Board, thanks to Tony Cohen for his enlightening talk, and thanks to all the many who showed up--including Poolesville Commissioners Martin Radigan and Kerri Cook, and County Council Members Hans Reimer and Andrew Friedson. Stay tuned--this event was recorded and may be broadcast by County Cable Montgomery.


Wonderful to see so many members on Sunday night, both long-time and new! Town Hall looked beautiful, the Medley District singers were magical, and the company was excellent. Thanks for coming out! Stay tuned for more events in early 2019!


Did you know that every fourth-grade student in the United States is eligible for a free, year-long pass to our Federal public lands and waters? The National Park Service "Every Kid in a Park" program includes free admission to National Parks like Shenandoah National Park, Ford's Theatre and Great Falls Park. Family and friends also visit for free when they travel with the pass holder – and fourth grade educators are eligible for passes, too! Learn more at everykidinapark.gov – and spread the word!


That's it, folks! We're all filled up for our Members Appreciation Party this Sunday! Can't wait to see all the new and old members. It's gonna be a good time!


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Our Member Appreciation Holiday Party is the weekend! And there's still time to become a member.

Join us on Dec. 9th and listen to the beautiful a cappella voices of the Medley District singers amidst twinkling holiday lights in the Old Town Hall. (Check out the video for an enigmatic peek of the Medley District singers doing their thing.) Wine and cheese, tea and snacks will be served.

Membership only costs $30 for individuals, $40 for families. Your membership will help us to create fun and informative events and maintain our three historic buildings: the John Poole House, Old Town Hall, and the Seneca School House.

Go to http://www.historicmedley.org/join-hmd/ to become a member; details for the Member Appreciation Holiday Event will follow.

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Poolesville, MD

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