Street Address
6700 Needwood Rd
Rockville, MD 20855
Mailing Address
6700 Needwood Rd
Rockville, MD 20855
Open Monday-Friday 7 am - 3:30 pm.
Heather Bouslog, Archaeologist


A Federal-period brick dwelling built in 1857 on land granted in 1758 to John Cooke in the region now known as Rock Creek. Today it houses offices of the Park and Planning Commission of Montgomery County.

Needwood Mansion is not open to the public except one event per year. You can walk the grounds and trails to Lake Needwood. There is an interpretive sign in front of the mansion.

Archaeology Day is an introduction to archaeology for all ages.

Archaeology Day features a public dig at Needwood Mansion with Parks Archaeologist Heather Bouslog and archaeology program volunteers. The day's activities also include tours of the Needwood Mansion, storytelling and old-time games and crafts. Be sure to bring a bag lunch and digging clothes

Educational Programs

The Archaeology Program identifies, manages, and interprets archaeological sites on parkland and provides opportunities to consider the effects of land use decisions on cultural resources.

Excavations contribute to public education programs, restorations, park development plans and mitigation of construction projects. The program provides for the stewardship of non-renewable archaeological resources and an opportunity for public participation in discovering our human past right in your back yard .

Since 1984, high school students have broadened their curriculum through our award-winning volunteer program. The Department of Parks provides projects in fieldwork and laboratory analysis and a fieldschool experience through our camps. Adults can also join in the fun through a cooperative venture with the Archaeology Society of Maryland Mid-Potomac Chapter.


Volunteers are one of our best assets!

Montgomery Parks encourages the involvement and participation of individuals in its program and at its facilities. Contact Us .

Where: Activities are based out of Needwood Mansion. Depending on the weather and the work requirements, we will either be in the lab or in the field.

Time: Wednesdays mornings from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm