Montpelier Mansion is a local Laurel treasure

October 28, 2011

There's a treasure sitting in our neighborhood, constructed between 1781 and 1785. It's the Montpelier Mansion. The house is breathtaking; the land surrounding is pristine and well maintained by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, and Prince George's County. Seeing this historic property first-hand is indeed a rewarding experience for all.

One of the main focuses of the history of Montpelier is to educate guests of all ages. The outstanding staff and dedicated volunteers constantly try to provide inventive activities to contribute toward the mansion's continued successful operation. An example was a fun event held this past Saturday, an 18th-century Pub and Games Night. Everyone had a good time at the event, where the staff members and guests wore authentic period customs. There was even a world-class troubadour to entertain and an array of ale served from a local brewery.

On a weekly basis, the docents provide exceptional guided tours. There are free lecture series conducted for the public. The next lecture is entitled "The Snowden's and the War in 1812." There will be a needle art exhibit stitched by local residents that will be displayed throughout the mansion. If you want to see Montpelier illuminated and filled with holiday decorations, you can attend the holiday candlelight tours. To conclude the year, there will be story times and crafts for children. Dates and times for these and future events are found in the Leader's community calendar.

The aforementioned is only a small sample of what the mansion is all about. I can unequivocally say that Laurel is indeed fortunate to have such a magnificent treasure in our backyard. Come out and see for yourself.

Stuart M. Kohn

Laurel

Stuart M. Kohn is a volunteer at Montpelier Mansion

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