The Cedar Ridge Property
Nestled between the metro areas surrounding D.C. and Baltimore, our sixty-three acre parcel property at 2410 Spencerville Road in Montgomery County, Maryland was purchased by Cedar Ridge Community Church in 1996. We constructed a church building and opened our doors in 1998. Since then, the clay dirt surrounding the church and the invasive plant-filled fields have slowly developed into a beautiful property full of flowers, wildlife and opportunity. We value our property, the creation throughout it, and the environment that sustains it. It is intentional that we have a native pollinator garden, bird boxes along our fences, ‘no-mow’ meadows, and a community solar farm. We have a prayer walk that runs throughout our land that offers tranquility and peace in an otherwise busy metropolitan corridor. Much life can be found among the vegetation: we’ve spotted fox, rabbits, deer and groundhogs, and an endless variety of birds. We host honey bees and enjoy a variety of bugs and butterflies. There are even four geocaches on our property. If you enjoy the outdoors, you are invited to enjoy this land with us!
Explore the Space
Although there appears to be no evidence of indigenous settlements in this immediate area, the Piscataway People settled in various parts of what are now Montgomery, Prince George’s, Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties. Their ancestors arrived in Maryland more than 10,000 years ago, and no doubt people passed through this area for many generations prior to the arrival of European settlers in the 17th century. Beginning in 1666, these settlers signed a series of treaties to acquire lands from the Piscataway. All of these treaties were broken, forcing the Piscataway off their ancestral lands. We encourage our community members to learn more about the Piscataway People, their culture, and history.
A search of historical records suggest it is unlikely enslaved people worked on this land. But on farms and plantations throughout Maryland, enslaved Africans and their descendants were forced to labor for White settlers. Here in Montgomery County, of the approximately 18,000 residents in 1860, over 5,400 were enslaved. Read more about our county’s history of racism here, and check out the nearby Underground Railroad Experience Trail.
Explore the Cedar Ridge property with Geocaching!
A great way to enjoy nature and explore … especially with kids!
- What is Geocaching? Geocaching is the recreational activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object using coordinates or waypoints.
- How do you Geocache? Start by going to geocaching.com to find caches near you. Use their app or GPS to zero in on a cache, and log your find.
There are now FOUR geocaches on Cedar Ridge property.