Historic photos and a new book tell the story of a daring woman who changed the landscape of business and culture in Montgomery County. Lilly Stone was born during the Civil War and she died during the Cold War. At the age of 63, in 1924, Lilly Stone began operating a quarry in Bethesda, Stoneyhurst, that provided stone for part of the National Cathedral, National Zoo, and hundreds of area buildings and homes. She ran a business generally considered “men’s work” at a stage of life when many people retire. Letters from her son detail World War I in Montgomery County. And, remarkably, World War II brings German POWs to work in Bethesda at her quarry. Even later, she inspired the Montgomery County flag and founded the Montgomery County Historical Society. The author’s book will be available to purchase.
Judith Welles, Author
Wednesday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Jan 16
1 Session $10 Class 172