Written by Jody Trammel

White Oak

White Oak Middle SchoolThe White Oak neighborhood of Silver Spring is known for a few landmarks such as the White Oak Middle School. It was established in 1962 and refurbished after 31 years. The Montgomery County Council has drafted a master plant taking into consideration the historic preservation of certain areas in White Oak.

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About White Oak

The community became famous for the United States Naval Ordnance Laboratory which was constructed in 1946 after World War II. It served as a federal facility for weapons’ development, research and testing. The naval base was decommissioned in 1997. It is now the office of the US Food and Drug Administration. You can find the Commissioner’s office and other executive units at the White Oak Research Center.

Another significant attraction is the Quaint Acres subdivision which is located north of Route 29 and west of New Hampshire Avenue. The community earned its moniker after the residence of Altus Lacy Quaintance who was an entomologist. She worked at the Maryland Agricultural College and later at the US Department of Agriculture.

A tragic incident took place near Quaint Acres on May 26, 1945. A TB-25D Mitchell Bomber flying from Biloxi to Bolling Field crashed near the locality killing all personnel on board.

The pilot was Dudley Outcalt who was a veteran aviator of the 94th Aero Squadron during the First World War. Quaint Acres subdivision was also the home of popular naturalist Rachel Carson. She was the author of Silent Spring in 1962. This book was the reason why DDT pesticides were banned in the country. She put up a ranch house at 11701 Berwick Road in 1956 where she resided until her death in 1964. The house was named a National Historic Landmark although it is not open to the public. Quaint Acres was also the home of Margaret Chase Smith. She is the first woman to be elected to both the United States Congress and Senate.

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