Josiah Henson Park


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The Josiah Henson Park is a 1.43 acre historic park home to a small portion of the original Riley plantation where Reverend Josiah Henson lived and worked as a slave from 1795 to 1830. Henson's 1849 autobiography is said to have inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. 

Ziger/Snead is providing full design services for conversion of the site and historic buildings to a public and historical park and house museum with interpretive exhibits.


The project includes a new visitor center and the preservation of the historic building. The goal of the project is to provide a functional, attractive, and complete facility that serves to educate patrons on the life of the historical figure, Josiah Henson.


Design Team: Steve Ziger, AIA; Darragh Brady, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, CSI, CDT; Will Rhode, AIA LEED AP

Team: AMT Engineering - Civil; Floura Teeter Landscape Architects - Landscape Architecture; FLUX Studios - Lighting Consultant; Forella Group - Cost Estimating; Hillis-Carnes Engineering Associates - Geo-Technical Engineer; Jensen Hughes - Fire & Life Safety; Keast & Hood Co. - Structural; Mueller Associates - MEP; Watson & Henry - Historic Building Envelope Consultant; Wendy Jessup and Associates, Inc. - Conservation Consultant

Owner: Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Location: Rockville, Maryland

Completion: est. 2019