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c. 1780. 3610 Brookeville Rd, Olney

This modest log dwelling, now the centerpiece of the Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park, interprets Reconstruction-era rural Black life. It was built of hewn chestnut logs held by dovetail joints and encompasses a stone foundation and end chimney. The interior is partitioned into two rooms with an open-hearth fireplace and a loft above. The structure likely stood by 1783, when records indicate the existence of “two small log dwelling houses” on Richard Brooke’s Oakley Farm. Possibly it was an overseer’s house or Brooke’s own residence prior to the construction of Oakley’s main house (now gone). It was occupied by free Blacks post-Civil War and continued to be inhabited by Black residents until 1976, when acquired by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and later restored.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1779


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "OAKLEY CABIN AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM AND PARK", [Sandy Spring, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, 320-320.

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