In 2016, Preservation Maryland announced the Pleasant View Historic Site in Montgomery County as one of the organization’s first Six-to-Fix projects and working with the site’s Trustees to complete essential repair work. In tandem, the Trustees and the broader Quince Orchard community continued to research the site’s special history, and hat awesome history is now being shared through a documentary called Finding Fellowship.
The Pleasant View Historic Site is comprised of the Quince Orchard Colored School, the Pleasant View Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Pleasant View Cemetery – each different resource with different needs for preservation. The trustees and community are launching a $1 million dollar fundraising campaign to address those needs.
The Pleasant View Historic Site is comprised of the Quince Orchard Colored School, the Pleasant View Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Pleasant View Cemetery. The buildings on this site are monuments to the story of how during segregation African Americans utilized the institutions available to them to forge a new future. The buildings are beginning to suffer from years of deferred maintenance, and Pleasant View needs to embrace new uses to remain relevant to the larger community. This will require a more comprehensive approach to rehabilitation and future use.