Gaithersburg Then and Now
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historic picture of Tschiffely Kent mansion
Tschiffely Kent mansion as seen today

In 1852 Frederick Tschiffely bought a large parcel of land from the Clagett family. In 1901, his son, Frederick A. Tschiffely, Jr. had this impressive brick mansion constructed. The Tschiffely's called their farm The Wheatlands. In 1942, a Washington lawyer named Otis Beall Kent bought the 600-acre estate and changed the name to The Kentlands. "COMMENTS"



Tschiffely barn
Kentlands barn is Gaithersburg Arts Barn today

The Tschiffely family also had a large barn constructed in 1901. Today, this is the Gaithersburg Arts Barn, where visitors can attend workshops and classes, observe artists at work in studios, and enjoy performances in the 99-seat theater. "COMMENTS"



springhouse remains

According to Tschiffely sources, this spring house was on the property before the family purchased the property in the 1850s... and certainly before the construction of Inspiration Lake by Kent. All that is left is the foundation, but the spring is still active, which you can clearly see upon visiting the site. Pretty cool. "COMMENTS"



old aerial photograph of the Kentlands

Mr. Kent was an early advocate of wildlife preservation, a fact reflected in the alterations to the landscape. He added lakes, ponds and habitats throughout the farm for birds and game. He also bequeathed land to the National Geographic Society to develop a wildlife sanctuary.

At Kent's death in 1972, Kentland was bequeathed to his adopted daughter, Helene Danger Kent. In May of 1988 Helene sold Kentland to the Great Seneca Limited Partnership.


old entrance to Otis Beall Kent estate

This is a photograph taken in the 1980s, shortly after Mrs. Kent sold her estate. The picture shows the Darnestown Road entrance to Kentlands Farms. "COMMENTS"



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