Restored Woodlawn Slave Quarters to Open for One Day in September
The historic building in Columbia is rarely open.
The Columbia Association is giving residents the rare opportunity to step inside a 19th century stone building on Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Woodlawn Slave Quarters, located off of Bendix Road, is believed to have been built in the early 1800s, according to the CA.
In 2007, it was purchased by the CA, which has undertaken restoration efforts.
"This building is a historical site that Columbia Association sought to restore and continues to protect," wrote CA spokesperson David Greisman in an email. "It is not kept open at all times in order to protect it from possible vandalism and misuse."
The building is one of very few known surviving buildings of its type in Howard County, according to Preservation Howard County.
There is no definitive evidence that slaves were housed in the building, but it is known that the owners of the property in the 1800s owned slaves, according to CA.
Preservation Howard County, a group dedicated to preserving the historical and cultural heritage of Howard County, noted on its website that the building was probably owned by the Dorsey family, who first came to the area in the early-to-mid-1700s.
The building is being opened for the public as part of the Columbia BikeAbout, which will also take place on Sept. 15.
The Columbia BikeAbout, which starts at 9:30 a.m., will take residents on a bike tour through parts of Oakland Mills, Long Reach and Town Center. The event is free, but participants are asked to pre-register here: bikeabout.eventbrite.com.
Visitors to Woodlawn are not required to participate in the BikeAbout to view the building. Tour guides will be available when it's opened to guide visitors through the two-room structure and provide historical information about the building.