A research project connecting stories of nearly 250 Montgomery County residents started out as a simple conversation.
“But I think bigger than that. It’s not just a story about Quince Orchard. It’s a story about community and how communities stand the test of time,” said Dr. Kisha Green Davis, Co-Producer of the Quince Orchard Project.
The Pleasant View Historic Site has been standing for more than a century, holding the classroom where Ida Pearl Green used to study and the floors where she worshipped.
“I think we’re happy that we made that decision,” said Rev. Dr. Gerard Green, Chairman of Pleasant View Trustees.
“Yes,” said Ida Pearl Green, life-long Quince Orchard resident.
They’re referring to a decision by a church with an all-black congregation to merge with two white churches in the 1960s.
“This is a story that said, in the midst of challenging times, people can decide to come together,” said Rev. Dr. Gerard Green. “People can decide to reconcile and create a different future.”
For this reason, the project’s founders said preserving these Quince Orchard historic buildings should matter to residents in what’s now called North Potomac.
“I think we look back, and that helps us to look ahead,” said Ida Pearl Green.
You can see just how old the two buildings are by taking a look at their infrastructure.
That’s why the Quince Orchard Project is raising money to continue to preserve the school house and church buildings.
Word of the project has spread to local schools.
Patty Dirlam is President of the Quince Orchard Project Club at her high school.
“Just understanding the struggle that people had to go through to get us to this point showed me the importance of continuing the struggle to have diversity and inclusion, [which is] the Quince Orchard Project’s mission,” said Dirlam.
The final documentary will be released this spring.