Oakley Cabin is a historic 19th century African American historic site. Built as one of three slave dwellings in the 1820s, the cabin was the center of an African American roadside community from emancipation well into the 20th century. The dwelling, inhabited until 1976, is now operated as a living history museum.
Oakley Cabin sits on a 2-acre tract that is part of a larger park running along Reddy Branch. The mill pond for Newlin's Mill was located in the low area behind the cabin. A trail, partially laid inside the old millrace, leads from the cabin to the site of the mill at the intersection of Brookeville Road and Georgia Avenue. Numerous wild plants can be seen, many of which are edible or medicinal and were used by local people. Hawks, foxes, deer, raccoons and other wildlife can often be seen from the cabin or trail. The trail also passes local quarries.
|Activities:||horseback riding, hiking, biking.|
|Location:||3610 Brookeville Road, Olney MD|
|Length/Surface:||Under 1 mile of single track, natural surface.|
|Water for Horses:||yes, from Reddy Branch creek.|
|Restroom:||yes, when the museum is open.|
|Access and Parking:||Trailhead parking is beside the cabin on Brookville Road.|
|More Information:||Learn more about this historic site here.|
* This page is under development. A Google map and photos are to come.Page last updated: January 08, 2018.