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Maryland County Spends $1 Mil on 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', Turns Out it isn't the REAL Cabin

TheMoneyTimes.com reports, that according to historians, a Maryland county has put more than $2 million into buying and expanding a cabin falsely believed to be the basis of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Montgomery County purchased a two-story colonial house in Bethesda with the log cabin extending from one side in 2006 for $1 million and has since spent $1 million more on expanding and studying the property, which was believed to be the former home of Josiah Henson, whose life story inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

However, historians said they have now determined Stowe never lived in the cabin although it did belong to the Riley family who held Henson as a slave from 1795 to 1830.  Henson lived in slave quarters that have long disappeared, and never in the house or the cabin, which was then a kitchen.

Farmers Market & Music: Rick Whitehead Trio

What do you get when you combine Wednesday?s farmers? market with a live band and a lot of great places to eat? Come see at Out To Lunch Wednesdays! Located on East Montgomery Avenue. Live music from June 2 thru September 29 from 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

Out to Lunch Wednesdays

Since the beginning of the summer from 11am-2pm, Eastern Montgomery Avenue becomes a feast of food from the best local restaurants in the area with live music to boot!

Participating restaurants include: Ben and Jerry’s, California Tortilla, Giuseppi’s Pizza Plus, Potbelly Sandwich Works, QL Barber and Tara Asia.  Baked goods, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables will be available for purchase from the Rockville Farmer’s Market.

Live music will be featured from noon to 1:30pm.

Missed out on the fun so far? Don’t worry, there’s still five weeks of entertainment left:

Sept. 1

ilyAIMY

Acoustic Rock

Sept. 8

The Don't Wannabees

Indie

Sept. 15

Have Fun at the 2010 Montgomery Country Fair and Help Feed the Hungry While Doing It

The 2010 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair will be held in Gaithersburg, MD from August 13 to 21.

Choose from over 40 carnival rides; participate in BINGO, cake auctions, and dance contests; and eat as many funnel cakes and snow cones your stomach can handle.

General admission is $10.00 per person while children 11 and under are free.  Parking is $5.00 per vehicle.

And please don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Countrywide Food Drive benefitting the Manna Food Center.  Your canned food donations will help provide food to neighbors in need.

For more information about the 2010 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, please click: http://www.mcagfair.com/default.asp