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Friends of Montpelier mark 40th anniversary

Friends of Montpelier mark 40th anniversary

Decking the halls at historic Montpelier Mansion summons nearly a half-century of memories for Helen Haas, president of the Friends of Montpelier, a volunteer organization that began helping to restore and preserve the National Historic Landmark 40 years ago.

Montpelier was built in the mid 1780s by Maj. Thomas Snowden and his wife, Anne Snowden, members of two of Laurel's prominent early families.

Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation has owned the site, which includes 70 acres of parkland, since 1961.

In concert with Parks and Recreation staff, the Friends serve as docents; assist with outreach, events and exhibits; and support maintaining the house...