Sunday, October 21 at 12:30 PM ~ 2:30 PM
St. Mary's Pavilion
18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838
Please Join us for this free event, tax-deductible donations gratefully accepted.
Food, music by Peace Run and a stroll along Exceptionally Rustic West Harris Road.
Your tax-deductible gift can be made securely online here.
Protecting the Reserve takes more than a few tenacious individuals - sustained collective effort is required to keep working farms on the landscape. Sometimes this effort takes the form of years of meetings, stacks of maps and engineering documents plus a dizzying array of acronyms. This year, we are proud to honor the Rustic Roads Advisory Committee for their efforts in protecting the arteries of the Ag Reserve, Montgomery County's Rustic Roads.
Support for the Ag Reserve
Today, the Rustic Roads continue to support local farming and the Agricultural Reserve. These slow, narrow, historic roads allow for sharing the roads with slow-moving farm equipment and horses. For visitors to pick-your-own farms, wineries and on-farm breweries, the small roads underscore the nature of the working landscape and enhance the experience of driving or riding a bike through the Reserve.
As envisioned in the 1980 Preservation of Agriculture & Rural Open Space Functional Master Plan, the Rustic Roads avoid artificially stimulating the market for conversion of farmland to residential development.
Rustic Roads are historic and scenic roads that reflect the agricultural character and rural origins of Montgomery County. Because of this program, today, we can travel along Native American trails, wagon routes, mill roads, lock roads and market roads.
About the Rustic Roads Advisory Committee
The Rustic Roads Program preserves Montgomery County’s historic and scenic roadways that reflect the agricultural character and rural origins of the County. The members of the Rustic Roads Advisory Committee oversee the program, and advise the County Executive, Council and Planning Board on matters affecting the Rustic Roads.
Seven citizen members (three farmers, two civic association members, a member with knowledge of roadway engineering and a member with knowledge of rural preservation techniques) serve on the committee, together with a representative appointed by the Planning Board and staff provided by the County Executive. The members review Master Plan designations of the roads, development proposals, public projects such as bridge replacements, and they promote public awareness and knowledge of the roads.