Knight Kiplinger, editor in chief and president of the Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc., invites Historical Society of Washington, D.C. members to his home, Montevideo, in Seneca, Maryland Sunday, October 23. This will be the second year that this exclusive tour has been offered to members.
The day will include a tour of Montevideo and notable sites in the area including the Seneca Schoolhouse, the Peter Family Cemetery, and ruins of the Seneca stone-mill. Lunch will feature fresh produce from Montevideo based Plow and Stars Farm followed by a wine and chocolate tasting at Rocklands Farm. Organic vegetables, fruit, eggs, and pasture-raised meat from Montevideo will be available for purchase.
“I’m looking forward to sharing the rich history of my home community, Seneca, Maryland, with Historical Society members on this special heritage tour,” said Knight Kiplinger. “In the first half of the 19th century, Seneca sent agricultural products down River Road and the C&O Canal to the burgeoning city of Washington, 25 miles away. Today Seneca is a center of vibrant small-scale agriculture, including Plow and Stars Farm. You’ll see all of this (plus the wonderful one-room Seneca Schoolhouse) on this personal tour of a special place.”
The Seneca countryside has enjoyed a close connection with Washington, D.C. since its early history as its breadbasket, as a provider of Seneca Sandstone to iconic D.C. buildings such as the Smithsonian Castle, and as the home of the Peter Family who were a prominent part of federal period Georgetown and once resided at Montevideo.
“It is going to be a memorable day,” said Julie Shapiro, teacher at the Seneca Schoolhouse. “If you enjoy local history, delicious food and drink, and fresh air in the beautiful countryside you won’t want to miss it!”