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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Woodlawn Manor House

Woodlawn Manor House
Statue at Woodlawn Manor House
Building at Woodlawn Manor House
A group tour stands in front of Woodlawn Manor
A group looks a portrait in Woodlawn Manor

Woodlawn Manor House

The Woodlawn Manor House reopened to the public May 2024 after a four-year closure. The historic home is open by guided tour only at select times- admission fee charged.

2024 Tour Times: (Sat) May 4 – (Sun) November 24

Saturday 11 am & 2 pm, Sunday 1 pm

Fee: $5 per person. Tickets sold at the Visitor Center the day of your visit.

Appropriate for: Ages 7 and up. Fee charged for ages 6 and up.

The Federal style house reflects the former owners and uses since the home’s construction in the early 1800s. Learn about the Palmer family that oversaw the farm for nearly 100 years and explore the historic home’s first floor and outbuildings. Tours include interior and exterior spaces including optional areas that are not ADA accessible.

Staff Tip: Does your party include 15 or more people? Consider making a Group Tour Reservation

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Business Meeting Rentals Now Accepted!

Reservations are now being accepted for business meeting rentals in the Woodlawn Manor House. (See below for information on social occasions)

Woodlawn Manor is a restored 19th century Federal-style home that provides an affordable and relaxed setting for a business meeting or retreat. The first-floor parlor provides meeting space for approx. 40 people with adjacent rooms available for refreshments and/or a break-out activity. The warming kitchen provides space for food/beverage set-up. Indoor chairs and tables are included.

Available: Wednesday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm (Minimum 3 hours required)

Minimum 4 weeks advance reservation required.

For fees and details: See our Business Meeting Rate Sheet

Site visits to view meeting spaces are by appointment only.

Contact: WMCP Office Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

301-929-5989 (#5) MCP-WoodlawnRentals@montgomeryparks.org

Social Occasion Rentals

WMCP’s buildings and park property are not available for social occasion rental events of any kind. Event Center operations at Woodlawn ended in 2017. Montgomery Parks operates several Event Centers for social occasion events. Visit the Events Centers webpage for more information: Montgomery Parks Event Centers

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History

Woodlawn Manor was constructed in the early 1800s.  Dr. William Palmer and his son Benjamin were the longest property owners from the early 1800s to early 1900s. Francis Scott Key was a visitor when the home also served as a boarding school. In the late 1970s Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission purchased the property from the McKeever family establishing Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.

Today the Manor House and its outbuildings illustrate Montgomery County’s agricultural history. The outbuildings consist of a 19th century stone barn (today home to the Woodlawn Museum), stone springhouse/meat house, board and batten tenant house and a 19th century log building that may have served as slave living quarters.