Exploring the Past

If there’s an historic wayside marker on the side of the road in Montgomery County, chances are, one of Lewis Reed’s images is on it. Some of the markers that display his photographs include the Black Rock Mill and Great Seneca Creek Marker in Germantown, the Andrew Small Academy Marker in Darnestown, The Origins of Darnestown Marker, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station Marker in Gaithersburg, From Trolley to Trail Marker in Bethesda, Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church Marker in Rockville and the 19th Century Crossroads Marker in Darnestown.

Another photo is also be featured on a historical/interpretive sign along a trail in the Watters Smith Memorial State Park in West Virginia.

From Trolley to Trail Marker in Bethesda

Location: Marker is in Bethesda, Maryland and can be reached from Norfolk Avenue near Rugby Avenue.
Duplicate: Another nearly identical marker is located at the exit ramp from westbound Montrose Parkway to northbound Rockville Pike (MD 355).

From Trolley to Trail in Bethesda

From Trolley to Trail Marker in Bethesda

From Trolley to Trail in Bethesda

From Trolley to Trail Wayside Marker in Bethesda.

1910 trolley car

Close-up of image on From Trolley to Trail Marker in Bethesda. Original photograph by Lewis Reed, 1910.

A trolley heads south from Rockville toward Tenallytown through open farmland. This view appears to be looking north and shows the area south of where Montrose Road intersects with Rockville Pike. The Pike is in the background.

Trolley to Rockville

Close-up of image on From Trolley to Trail Marker in Bethesda. Original photograph by Lewis Reed, 1908.

In the photo above, passengers board car #596 heading to Rockville in 1908. These distinctively styled cars, popularly know as ‘Rockville’ cars, were also used on Washington Railway’s Maryland line. Note the ‘people catcher’ or ‘lifeguard’ in the front.

The Origins of Darnestown Marker

Location: Marker is in Darnestown Square Heritage Park at 14039 Darnestown Road.

The Origins of Darnestown Marker

The Origins of Darnestown Marker. Background image by Lewis Reed

The Origins of Darnestown Marker

Close-up of background image on The Origins of Darnestown Marker. Route 28 looking West. Original photograph by Lewis Reed

Darnestown A 19th Century Crossroads

Darnestown A 19th Century Crossroads

Close-up of the same background photo (on nearby Origins marker depicted above).

The house and lot located to the west of the graveyard site (right foreground) was owned by the Griffith family at the time this photograph was taken. The frame and log house may have been built as early as the 1850s; by 1863 it was used as a house and store by Samuel Fisher, who eventually sold the property to Ulysses Griffith and James Windsor, who also used it as a store. Griffith and Windsor continued as partners for ten years, until Windsor built his own store and house at the southwest corner of Seneca and Darnestown Roads.
Darnestown A 19th Century Crossroads Marker

Close-up of photo on marker. Darnestown Looking East. Photo by Lewis Reed

Darnestown Route 28

Darnestown Route 28. Original photograph by Lewis Reed

Andrew Small Academy Darnestown

Location: Marker is in Darnestown Square Heritage Park at 14039 Darnestown Road.

Andrew Small Academy Darnestown

Andrew Small Academy Darnestown. Background image by Lewis Reed

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station Marker in Gaithersburg

Location: Marker is on South Summit Avenue south of East Diamond Avenue, on the left when traveling south. It is at the station, facing the Summit Avenue sidewalk.

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station Marker in Gaithersburg

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station Marker in Gaithersburg.

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station Marker in Gaithersburg

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station Marker in Gaithersburg. Original photograph by Lewis Reed, 1911.

Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church Marker in Rockville

Location: Southwest corner of North Washington Street and Beall Avenue, Rockville.

Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church Marker in Rockville

Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church Marker in Rockville

Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church

Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church Rockville, MD

Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church Marker Rockville, Md. Original photograph by Lewis Reed, 1912

Black Rock Mill and Great Seneca Marker in Germantown

Location: Marker is near Germantown, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Black Rock Road north of Grey Pebble Way, on the left when traveling north.

Black Rock Mill

Black Rock Mill and Great Seneca Creek.

Black Rock Mill

An unidentified lady poses in front of Black Rock Mill. Original photograph by Lewis Reed, 1905.

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

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