The Derwood Store and Post Office

About the Project

The Derwood Store and Post Office is located at 15911 Redland Road, Derwood. The resource is being evaluated for designation in the Master Plan for Historic Preservation.

The recommendation to study the store was brought forward in the Shady Grove Sector Plan (2006), and is currently under consideration in the ongoing Shady Grove Minor Master Plan Amendment. The community identified the store as a local landmark and requested it be considered for historic designation. A detailed history of the store’s progression through the historic designation process is provided in the Historic Preservation Commission Staff Report (April 29, 2019).

On July 9, 2020, the Planning Board will conduct a work session to specifically consider the HPC’s recommendations, the public hearing testimony, and the historic preservation staff’s recommendations regarding historic designation of the Derwood Store and Post Office.

Historic & Architectural Significance

Clarence and Elizabeth Hoskinson built the Derwood Store ca. 1904 as a general merchandise store to serve their small manufacturing town and incorporated a post office in the building in 1905.

The Derwood Store and Post Office reflects the county’s heritage and development over time. It is associated with the growth of railroad communities along the Metropolitan Subdivision of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad; the inclusion of post offices within general merchandise stores; the commercial and social importance of general merchandise stores in rural communities; and Derwood’s early twentieth-century manufacturing history. The Store and Post Office also reflects the significant legacy of Derwood’s three female postmasters, who served for a total of 17 years and whose contributions to the community are not reflected in other sites.

The store is architecturally significant as a representative example of a typical turn of the twentieth-century general store: the two-story, front-gable form and porch are character-defining features of rural general stores. The original wood siding remains intact, though covered by a layer of asbestos shingles, and the store is embellished with a stamped tin shingle roof. The Derwood Store and Post Office is the oldest remaining commercial building within historic Derwood, where other commercial buildings associated with the area’s manufacturing history were destroyed by a fire in the mid-twentieth century.

Timeline and Ways to Get Involved

Designation of resources to the Master Plan for Historic Preservation is a multi-step process that requires the review of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), the Planning Board, and the County Council. Members of the public can participate and comment at each step of the process.

The Historic Preservation Commission reviewed the Derwood Store and Post Office at a public meeting held May 7, 2019. The HPC found that the property meets historic preservation designation criteria and voted to recommend that the resource be listed to the Master Plan for Historic Preservation.

On May 14, 2020, the Planning Board reviewed the Public Hearing Draft Plan of the Shady Grove Minor Master Plan Amendment, which includes the recommendation to designate the Derwood Store and Post Office in the Master Plan for Historic Preservation.

On July 9, 2020, the Planning Board will conduct a work session to specifically consider the HPC’s recommendations, the public hearing testimony, and the historic preservation staff’s recommendations regarding historic designation of the Derwood Store and Post Office. If the Planning Board finds that this resource merits designation in the Master Plan for Historic Preservation, it will move forward to the County Council as part of the Planning Board Draft Amendment of the Shady Grove Minor Master Plan Amendment. Members of the public are invited to comment on the historic designation. Persons wishing to testify in person at the public hearing are requested to sign up online beginning 10 days prior to the hearing date.

If the Montgomery Regional Office Building is closed because of the COVID-19 virus, the public hearing will occur online with a virtual meeting and online streaming and public testimony. Please visit the Montgomery Planning website for updates on the public hearing and COVID-19. For questions regarding the Planning Board hearing, please send an e-mail to mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org or call 301-495-4605.

Resources

Derwood Store and Post Office Designation Report

Historic Preservation Commission Staff Report, April 29, 2019

 

Last Updated: June 24, 2020