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How the Railroad Changed Gaithersburg

The Gaithersburg Community Museum continues its Tuesday Topics series with a presentation on the impact of the railroad by historian and author Susan Soderberg.

 “From Corn to Commuters: How the Coming of the Railroad Changed the Way of Life and the Future of Montgomery County” explores how the railroad changed the face of this area forever. Featured are the railroad stations designed by Francis Baldwin, extraordinary feats of engineering such as the curving trestle over Little Seneca Creek and the Bollman Truss viaduct over the Monocacy River, and new suburban and agricultural towns spawned by this catapult into the Industrial Age. The talk, based on Soderberg’s book, “The Met: A History of the Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad,” published in 1998 by the Germantown Historical Society, explores how this branch line became the mainstay of the B&O Railroad and evolved into the current commuter and freight line.

Tuesday Topics continues through June, with upcoming sessions featuring a discussion of turfgrass management for homeowners, an exploration of Mark Twain in D.C., and a living history presentation with the character of Blanche Fulks Severance.

Located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex near the intersection of Summit and Diamond Avenues in Olde Towne, the Gaithersburg Community Museum features educational exhibits and programs designed to spark interest and imagination about our City's history.



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