New Rockville Heritage Map and Black History Month Exhibits

heritagemapcoverPeerless Rockville is pleased to announce the publication of our heritage map highlighting Rockville’s historic places.
Copies are available in our office. Pick up yours and explore all the wonderful heritage sites our city offers. This project was made possible by funding from Heritage Montgomery, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, and Montgomery County Government. Click here to viewthe map as a .pdf

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This month, Peerless Rockville has installed two exhibits at local libraries.

At Rockville Memorial Library, learn about the struggle for black education in Rockville in the nineteenth century. Before free public education existed in the state of Maryland, black families in Rockville raised their own funds for school buildings and teacher salaries. View historical documents on their efforts and the challenges they faced in the 1800s.

Ann Maria Weems

Ann Maria Weems

At the Quince Orchard Library, Peerless partnered with Montgomery Parks for an exhibit on the Underground Railroad, including the story of Rockville’s Ann Maria Weems and artifacts from the Josiah Henson Park, the plantation where Reverend Josiah Henson was enslaved. Henson’s 1849 autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.


Library locations:

Rockville Memorial Library
21 Maryland Ave
Rockville, MD 20850

Quince Orchard Library
15831 Quince Orchard Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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Blizzard Damages the Red Brick Courthouse

Record snowfall damages the County’s historic 1891 Red Brick Courthouse.

Record snowfall damages the County’s historic 1891 Red Brick Courthouse.

The winter storm that struck Rockville this weekend dumped an enormous amount snow on the City. It was one of the largest snowfalls in Maryland history, and unfortunately the massive amount of snow damaged one of Rockville’s historic buildings: the 1891 Red Brick Courthouse. On Monday morning, Montgomery County notified us of a structural failure on the east wall of the building. There was damage to the roof and sandstone cap, and several courses of brick fell to the walkway below.

The County is working diligently to address the issue. The building has been assessed and determined to be structurally sound. Crews will seal and shore up the damage, and cover the roof to prevent water infiltration.  Fortunately, no harm came to Peerless Rockville’s collections or offices. Peerless Rockville is confident that the Montgomery County Department of General Services is moving quickly to stabilize and repair the damage. We are hopeful that this incident will encourage the County to fully assess the condition of the Red Brick Courthouse’s slate roof, decorative and structural architectural elements, deterioration of the Seneca Sandstone on the structure’s primary façade, and take appropriate steps to preserve this Rockville landmark.

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Peerless Rockville closing at noon


Children sledding at Viers Mill Road and First Street in 1922

Children sledding at Veirs Mill Road and First Street in 1922.

Peerless Rockville will close the office at noon today due to the weather forecast.  Stay safe and warm this weekend!

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Preservation Maryland Townhall – Saturday, January 9

PM logo 4-color process high resJoin Preservation Maryland in Takoma Park at this important open town hall-style meeting to learn about local, state and federal advocacy efforts to help save places that matter and how you can be a force for reinvestment and redevelopment.

With the Maryland General Assembly headed back to session in early January, now is the time to talk about how we can accomplish this and make preservation a priority.


  1. Meet and network with other Maryland preservation advocates,
  2. Learn about the preservation programs that make a difference – why they are needed and what might happen to them during the next General Assembly,
  3. Find out how to make the case for preservation and learn about more opportunities to get involved,
  4. Receive training and an advocacy toolkit to help make you an effective preservation advocate.


If you have any questions, contact Elly Colmers.

When: Saturday, Jan 9 at 11 am
Where: Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park

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Montgomery History Conference

mchslogoPlease plan to join Peerless at Montgomery County’s 10th Annual History Conference on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the Germantown campus of Montgomery College. The Conference engages professional and amateur historians, students, genealogists, museum staff and volunteers, community leaders, and the general public through dynamic, entertaining, and informative sessions.

Click to view conference schedule.

Click to download conference registration.  Early registration (until January 10) is discounted by $10!

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