Historical Interest

April 14, 2014

The Rich History of Our Town Bethesda

This 15 minute video on the history of our town, Bethesda, is worth a watch!  You’ll learn about some famous people behind the street names you recognize in the area such as Lilly Stone, Tuckerman, Leland and more.  You find out about the New Deal and how Bethesda benefited from it and see the old and new photos of significant historic buildings and icons of our town, including the oldest […]
March 5, 2013

Step into History while you Enjoy a Sandwich

One of the great benefits of living in Bethesda is the proximity to Washington D.C. and all that the Metro area has to offer.  Today reminded me of that perk.  Brian and I were out touring homes for sale during Tuesday Broker’s Open Houses in Bethesda and afterward popped into Spring Valley for lunch.  We decided to grab a bite at Wagshal’s Delicatessen located at 4855 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC […]
February 4, 2013

"Intelligence" is coming to Bethesda

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has begun breaking ground on a major overhaul of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (also formerly known as The Defense Mapping Agency) which was located on Sangamore Road, opposite the Sumner Place shopping center.  The new facility will be called the Intelligence Community Campus – Bethesda (ICC-B for short) and will accommodate 3,000 employees and feature a new six story parking garage as well a sleek […]
November 14, 2011

The Sights and Sounds of the Capital Crescent Trail

Ting! goes the bell as the biker passes by and announces, “On your left.”  Thump, thump, thump, thump as the runner jogs past on the other side of the trail.  Shhhhhh…the wind whispers through the trees as the dry fall leaves rustle and float down to alight upon the path.  Crunch! I step on a dry brown leaf that crumbles underfoot. As I round the soft bend approaching Mile Marker […]
May 30, 2011

Day 149: The Angel of the Battlefield

On April 19th, 1861 riots broke out in Baltimore during the early days of the Civil War and the Massachusetts regiment of soldiers was attacked.  Many of the men were former students of Clara Barton when she was a school teacher there.  They made their way to Washington D.C. and told her about the fact that the U.S. Army did not have any supplies to care for the injured.  Clara did not […]
March 27, 2011

Day 85: Cherry Jubilee in DC and Bethesda

Each year, a fleeting but spectacular indicator of spring occurs in our local area with the blooming of the cherry trees with their delicate pink blossoms and soft floral scents.  It all began in 1912 when the people of Japan sent a gift of friendship, 3,020 cherry trees, to Washington DC.  The first two trees were planted by First Lady Taft and the wife of the Japanese Ambassador.  There is a fascinating and moving […]
March 9, 2011

Day 68: Bethesda's Boundary Stones

Bethesda is an unincorporated town and as such has no official boundaries.  The U.S. Census Bureau defines Bethesda as a Census Designated Place, or CDP, with a southern boundary where Maryland meets the District of Columbia.  This border with the District of Columbia is an interesting story and the subject of today’s blog. The early history of the United States is one filled with controversy and upheaval.  The location of […]
March 6, 2011

Day 65: "My Day" by Eleanor Roosevelt

The date is December 12, 1938 and Eleanor Roosevelt has spent some time thinking about the Bethesda Post Office – at least so she writes in her “blog.”  You can see her notes at the White House Historical Association website.  Eleanor visited the Treasury Department’s Procurement Division that day to take a look at the murals that were being done for the Bethesda Post Office.  There was a competition for the work and […]
March 4, 2011

Day 63: The Little Farm Women that Could

“In Bethesda, Maryland, in the fringe of Washington, stands an institution as distinctively American as the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, but it is not included in the list of sights worth seeing in the Capital. Yet thousands of Washingtonians visit it every week and hold it in warm regard.”  This statement was published in the October 1937 issue of “Women’s Home Companion” referring to The Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market, now more […]