11 Shallow Brook Court, Olney, MD, 20832

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History

Headwaters Farm was the home of Harold L. Ickes, US Secretary of the Interior from 1933-1946. One of the most influential voices for President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, Ickes was a strong supporter of civil rights and fair housing. As the driving force behind the Public Works Administration, he implemented major programs for job creation, critical to ending the Great Depression.

 

The farm was managed by Jane Ickes and during World War II provided refuge for seven Japanese Americans who had been released from camps.  Their release was part of a larger effort by Secretary Ickes who fought tirelessly to end the unconstitutional and immoral detention program. The interior of the home was restored during the 1980s and '90s and the library still holds several books and eyeglasses that belonged to Ickes.

 

FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill visited the Ickes' home on several occasions.