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Maryland County Spends $1 Mil on 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', Turns Out it isn't the REAL Cabin

TheMoneyTimes.com reports, that according to historians, a Maryland county has put more than $2 million into buying and expanding a cabin falsely believed to be the basis of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Montgomery County purchased a two-story colonial house in Bethesda with the log cabin extending from one side in 2006 for $1 million and has since spent $1 million more on expanding and studying the property, which was believed to be the former home of Josiah Henson, whose life story inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

However, historians said they have now determined Stowe never lived in the cabin although it did belong to the Riley family who held Henson as a slave from 1795 to 1830.  Henson lived in slave quarters that have long disappeared, and never in the house or the cabin, which was then a kitchen.

Celebrate Fall Foliage In Montgomery County

Fall Foliage Bus Tours

Saturday, October 16 & Saturday, October 23

Enjoy a special bus tour through the Up-county/Agricultural Reserve!  Join the staff of Heritage Montgomery as they share many of the region’s fascinating (and often amusing) stories and legends while pointing out orchards ripe with juicy apples, bountiful fields of pumpkins, and spectacular vistas adorned with autumn’s changing leaves!

Photo opportunities will abound as we drive through the countryside and stop and enjoy:

¨       The John Poole House & General Store

¨       Poolesville Museum in the Old Town Hall

¨       Lunch at the Comus Inn

¨       Pumpkins at the Comus Market

¨       The beauty of Sugarloaf Mountain

Poolesville Band Project Concert

Friday, September 3, at 7pm, the Poolesville Band Project will be performing at Whalen Commons.

This local band can appeal to all with their “unpredictable” talent in different forms of music.  Sometimes they play country, sometimes they play Motown.  The Band can also play blues!

For more information about The Poolesville Band Project, please visit their site: http://www.reverbnation.com/poolesvillebandproject

Poolesville Farmers Market

Local vendors will be selling artisan cheeses, fresh corn, soaps, breads, pastries, dog treats and more!

If you think that’s where the fun ends, you’re wrong! There will be local author book signings by Ray Hoewing, Mary Ann Powell, Jonathan Balcombe, Bernie Jankowski, and Melissa Foster; and An evening concert will be held from 7pm-9pm by Mindy Miller & The Steamers.