Riley-Bolten House

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Riley-Bolten House
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September 2012
Riley-Bolten House is located in Maryland
Riley-Bolten House
Riley-Bolten House is located in the United States
Riley-Bolten House
Nearest city11420 Old Georgetown Rd.
North Bethesda, Maryland
Coordinates39°2′38″N 77°7′17″W / 39.04389°N 77.12139°W / 39.04389; -77.12139Coordinates: 39°2′38″N 77°7′17″W / 39.04389°N 77.12139°W / 39.04389; -77.12139
Area1-acre (0.40 ha)
ArchitectLorenzo S. Winslow
Architectural styleColonial Revival
NRHP reference No.11000961[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 30, 2011

The Riley-Bolten House, known locally as Uncle Tom's Cabin, is a historic home located at North Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. It is a 1+12-story early-19th century frame house with a mid-19th century log wing. Both the house and the wing were renovated between 1936 and 1939 in the Colonial Revival style according to designs by Washington, D.C. architect Lorenzo S. Winslow. The house is one of several examples in the county of older homes that were renovated in the Colonial Revival style based on the popularity of Colonial Williamsburg that was being developed at the same time. It was originally the main house on an extensive plantation but was reduced to a 1-acre (0.40 ha) plot of land to serve as the centerpiece for a new suburban development in the mid-20th century.[2]

An early owner of the home was Isaac Riley who bought the enslaved Josiah Henson while he lived here. Henson was put to work on the plantation, in time coming to manage much of the estate. The autobiography he produced after his escape, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, was the model for Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.[3] The slave quarters on the Riley plantation where Henson actually lived were destroyed in the 1950's when much of the former plantation was developed into suburban tract housing.

The Riley-Bolten House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Riley-Bolten House". Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  3. ^ Jennifer Lenhart (2006-06-15). "'Uncle Tom's Cabin' Will Open to Visitors". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-07-06.

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