Written by Jody Trammel

Pleasant Fields

Waters housePleasant Fields is nestled on Milestone Manor Lane off Observation Drive in Germantown, Maryland. The place is presently owned by Montgomery Parks Development. Pleasant Fields houses the offices of Heritage Montgomery,  and Lincoln Park Historical Trust. It is part of the Master Plan for Historic Preservation. The Waters House is the oldest residence in this small park in Germantown. The abode  has a bank barn, carriage house and loafing shed which were built during the early 1900s.

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The area where Pleasant Fields stand was initially owned by Zachariah, William and Basil Waters from Germantown. This property was given by their father, William Waters of Brookeville, in the 1870s. They built up a mill on Little Seneca Creek that still exists. The ruins  are in Black Hill Park. Each of the three brothers constructed a house, shed and outbuildings close to the stream. The house of Basil Waters called Pleasant Fields is the only structure that still stands today. The dwelling sits on two acres with a large barn and drive – through corn crib constructed almost a century ago.

Pleasant Fields originally occupied 150 acres. However, succeeding generations of the Waters’ clan added estates until the family owned almost 1,000 acres in Montgomery County. However, they lost everything except for ½ acre during the Depression. The original edifice was just a small brick house. Zachariah Waters added more rooms until it became a spacious two-story brick and frame residence with nine rooms, three chimneys, six fireplaces, and two parlor stoves. In the middle part of the 19th century, Pleasant Fields emerged as an extensive and productive farm.

The 1860 agricultural census appraised the farm at $23,075 with 387 acres of improved land including farm fields and buildings and an additional 350 acres of undeveloped land. Pleasant Fields went through different owners after the Waters family left. The home is still there and is being utilized as office space by the Montgomery County Department of Park and Planning.

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