Author Michael Dwyer is a lifelong resident of the county who has always been intrigued by its history and historic sites. As the first historian hired by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission more than 30 years ago, he conducted a comprehensive survey of historic resources during the early to mid-1970s. The introductory chapters present a rare visual record of Montgomery County's early development, while Dwyer's photographs document changes that the county has experienced, particularly the transition from its rural past. Despite the loss of a number of these landmarks, many still remain due to citizens' protective interest in their unique county.
Montgomery Countyby Michael Dwyer
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Nicknamed the "Gateway to the Nation's Capital," Montgomery County is home to a number of federal agencies and a highly educated and affluent population that has grown increasingly diverse in recent years. Established in 1776, Montgomery County now consists of urban centers like Bethesda and Silver Spring; suburban neighborhoods like Wheaton, Germantown, and Potomac; and scenic rolling farmland interspersed with historic villages, like Brookeville and Barnesville. An additional 50,000 acres of federal, state, and county parkland provide numerous recreational opportunities for its residents.
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Masterful photography by a premier regional historian. It doesnt get any better than this for a book of this genre. Without the documentary photos taken by the author of probably several thousand sites over the last 35+ years and the detailed knowledge of each site much of our heritage would have been lost. The photos are classic, often iconic, images of our heritage.