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Rockville, Maryland: Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Not

For years the cabin was believed to be the famous former home of the enslaved man who inspired the title character of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel -- but it turned out to be just an old kitchen. It's still an attraction.

Josiah Henson Museum and Park

11420 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD
Josiah Henson Museum and Park. Northwest of Washington, DC. Take the eastern extension of I-270, just north of the I-495 Capital Beltway. Exit north onto Hwy 187/Old Georgetown Rd. The cabin is about a mile north, on the southbound side, just south of Tilden Lane. Look for the street number.
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Old kitchen/cabin.

Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Not

Saw a little of half cabin/half house. Sign outside said, "No trespassing. Cabin not yet open to public." Which means that the place is famous for something.

[Karen and Matt, 05/07/2011]

May 2022: Photo added.

Uncle Tom's Cabin

The Washington Post reports that the purported cabin was actually a kitchen, and was never the home of Josiah Henson. However, it was part of the Riley Plantation, where he was enslaved.

[Julie Mangin, 10/05/2010]
Uncle Tom's Cabin Still Standing

Uncle Tom's Cabin has been saved from gentrification and/or the wrecking ball, but you can't go in it just yet.


[04/14/2006] Complete News Story

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