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Vision Takes Shape For Museum At Josiah Henson Park

A community meeting is set to detail plans to mark the former plantation home of Rev. Josiah Henson, whose story inspired "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

The Montgomery County Department of Parks will detail plans Feb. 4 to renovate North Bethesda's Josiah Henson Park, the former plantation where Josiah Henson lived and worked as a slave in the early to mid 1800s.

Henson, who eventually escaped slavery, is credited as being the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

A facility plan is underway that would develop a museum at the site with interacive exhibits highlighting Henson's life.

The proposed project would rehabilitate the existing historic Riley/Bolten House—which was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places—and an attached log kitchen.

The Parks Deparment will host a community meeting where residents can view schematic designs for the site at 7 p.m. Feb 4 at Tilden Middle School. For more information, visit the Parks website.

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