Montgomery Parks Open Up For Overnight Guests During Inauguration Week

Campsites, manor lodging available to out-of-towners


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Montgomery Parks officials are offering accommodations at Rockwood Manor in Potomac during inauguration week.

Via Montgomery Parks

The scramble for lodging during this month’s presidential inauguration might have some travelers seeking shelter inside Montgomery County parks.

The park system is opening 25 campsites with electrical hook-ups at Little Bennett Campground in Clarksburg and cabins and rooms at Rockwood Manor in Potomac from Jan. 13 to 23, when millions are expected to descend on the D.C. area.

The wooded park properties will offer out-of-towners a break from the inaugural crowds, park officials said.

“It’s a getaway for the mind, to just refresh yourself and not deal with the hordes of people,” said Nancy Cadigan, enterprise coordinator for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Montgomery County.

Cadigan said the system has been advertising park accommodations for the last two presidential inaugurations. So far this year, they’ve heard from several travelers interested in staying at the camp ground and manor, she said.

Little Bennett, the county’s only campground, is about 30 minutes from the D.C. line and is typically closed from November through March. Park officials are not opening any of the tent sites for the inauguration and are only offering electric sites suitable for recreational vehicles and other self-contained camping units, according to a news release.

Rockwood Manor, built in the 1920s, sits on a forested 30-acre site near the C&O Canal National Historical Park and is roughly 20 minutes from the District. MNCPPC is letting inauguration guests reserve any of the 10 hotel-style rooms at the manor. Travelers could opt to stay in the French House, the three-bedroom home once occupied by the original property caretaker, or one of the three cabins at the manor.

While lodging at the estate is always available, wedding parties are the most frequent guests, Cadigan said. Since it’s off-season for weddings, the parks system was looking for ways to fill the manor.

“We thought this is a great use of rooms that are just sitting there,” she said.

The campsites are the cheapest option, costing between $36 and $51 each night, while rates for renting a cabin reach up to $520 per night.

Eleven campsites were rented out over the last inauguration, and one space was reserved at Rockwood Manor, Cadigan said. She added the proceeds from the rentals go into the park system’s operating budget.

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