History: Oakland Manor was the family home of George R. Gaither, a successful Baltimore merchant who purchased the property in 1838. His son, George R. Gaither Jr., served as captain of a local militia unit known as the Howard Dragoons. Most of these men were landed gentry from throughout the county, many of whom owned slaves. It is at this location that they drilled, learning the intricate movements of mounted combat. After the Baltimore Riot of 1861, the Dragoons assisted in keeping the peace there. Most of the men refused to take an oath of allegiance to the United States. In May, they rode to Leesburg, Virginia, and joined the Confederate army.
More to Explore: While you are in Columbia, take a visit to the African Art Museum of Maryland, which exhibits a beautiful array of masks, sculptures, basketry, jewelry, and musical instruments. If you are in the area during the spring, attend one of Columbia's best outdoor events: Wine in the Woods. Enjoy live musical performances, visit various artists and crafters, spend the day with friends and family, and of course, drink wine. If you are looking to solely enjoy the magic of music and live artists, the Merriweather Post Pavilion is a great place to see a concert. Some artists that have played here include Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who, and Led Zeppelin.
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