Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Black History National Recreation Trail

The Washington DC Black History NRT was originally created as an Eagle Scout project. The trail uses city streets and is maintained by the District of Columbia City Government and the National Park Service. The trail stretches from Southeast to Northwest going through every major neighborhood in the city. The trail is used as a tourist vehicle to get tourists of the Mall and in to the District of Columbia. It is the first trail to highlight the achievements of African-Americans to American history and is the only African-American theme trail recognized by the federal government.

For a free brochure, write Washington, DC Black History Recreation Trail, National Park Service, National Capitol Region, Office of Public Affairs, 1100 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20242 or call (202) 619-7222.

Friday, 03 April 2015 00:00

Burke Lake Park

Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station features a 218-acre lake and an 18-hole, par-three golf course. The park has boating, boat rentals, fishing, hiking trails, a campground, a miniature train, a carousel, volleyball courts, picnicking, an ice cream parlor, playgrounds and a miniature golf course.
Published in Fairfax County
Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

C & O Canal National Park

184.5 Miles of Adventure!

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park located in the District of Columbia and the states of Maryland and West Virginia. The park was established as a National Monument in 1961 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in order to preserve the neglected remains of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal along the Potomac River along with many of the original canal structures. The canal and towpath trail extends from Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland, a distance of 184.5 miles (296.9 km), and was designated as the first section of U.S. Bicycle Route 50 on October 23, 2013.

Preserving America's early transportation history, the C&O Canal began as a dream of passage to Western wealth. Operating for nearly 100 years the canal was a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber and agricultural products floated down the waterway to market. Today it endures as a pathway for discovering historical, natural and recreational treasures!

Friday, 03 April 2015 00:00

Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

Colvin Run Mill Historic Site is a beautifully wooded park surrounding a restored and working mill. The mill was a water-powered technological marvel when built c. 1811, and it now sits on the National Register of Historic Places and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Take a tour to see the massive waterwheel and gears, feel the furrowed stones that grind grain and smell the burn of mill stones set too close together. You'll hear stories about the man whose ideas revolutionized the milling industry and the family that ran Colvin Run for over 50 years. Tours can be customized for groups. The site’s in-depth historical and engineering information will pique the interest history buffs and engineering fans. The site includes a General Store in a 19th century building, the miller’s house, a barn and a blacksmith shop. The park is open dawn till dusk. The mill is open for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except Tuesday. Tours are $7 per adult; $6 per student (16+ with I.D.); and $5 per senior or child.
Published in Fairfax County
Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Frederick Douglass Historic Site

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, administered by the National Park Service, is located at 1411 W St., SE in Anacostia, a neighborhood east of the Anacostia River in Southeast Washington, D.C.. Established in 1988 as a National Historic Site, the site preserves the home and estate of Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent African Americans of the 19th century. Douglass lived in this house, which he named Cedar Hill, from 1877 until his death in 1895. Perched high on a hilltop, the site also offers a sweeping view of the U.S. Capitol and the Washington D.C. skyline.

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is located about a ten-minute walk from the Anacostia Metro station, though walking from the station is often discouraged by National Mall information workers and tourist guide books, who recommend taking a taxi due to high crime in Southeast D.C.

The site of the Frederick Douglass home was originally purchased by John Van Hook c. 1855. Van Hook built the main portion of the present house soon after taking possession of the property. For a portion of 1877 the house was owned by the Freedom Savings and Trust Company. Later that year Douglass purchased it and eventually expanded its 14 rooms to 21, including two-story library and kitchen wings. The house has an "L" shape and its plan is reminiscent of the design of Andrew Jackson Downing.

After Douglass' death, his widow, Helen, founded the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association in 1900. In 1916, the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs joined with the association. These groups owned the house until 1962, when the federal government took the deed to the house through the National Park Service, with the intent of restoring and preserving it.

Also on site are an interpretive visitor center and Douglass's "Growlery", a small stone building in which he secluded himself while writing and studying.

Published in Historical Attractions
Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

Great Falls Park

Great Falls Park is a small National Park Service (NPS) site in Virginia, United States. Situated on 800 acres along the banks of the Potomac River in northern Fairfax County, the park is a disconnected but integral part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The Great Falls of the Potomac River are near the northern boundary of the park, as are the remains of the Patowmack Canal, the first canal in the United States that used locks to raise and lower boats.

At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nation's Capital.

Friday, 03 April 2015 00:00

Green Spring Garden

Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Va., is a 31-acre garden paradise and national historic site highlighted by more than 20 thematic demonstration gardens, a wooded stream valley with ponds, a glasshouse, a horticultural center, and a 1784 historic house. Works of renowned restoration architect Walter Macomber and landscape designer Beatrix Farrand are featured in and around the historic house. The gardens exhibit a wide variety of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, annuals, bulbs and vegetables. Green Spring hosts educational programs for all ages, changing art exhibits, tours, teas, and inspiration for home gardeners. The horticultural center is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the park is free. Educational programs charge a fee.
Published in Fairfax County
Friday, 03 April 2015 00:00

Huntley Meadows Park

Huntley Meadows Park is a 1,500-acre natural and historic area featuring vast wetlands that provide some of the best wildlife viewing in the Washington metropolitan area. A half-mile boardwalk traverses the wetland and places visitors in the center of a marsh that is home to beavers, deer, frogs, herons and innumerable dragonflies. More than 200 species of birds have been identified in the park. The wet lowland carved by the Potomac River is a rare natural habitat in Fairfax County. A restored historic house at the park was once owned by descendants of U-S Founding Father George Mason. Mason wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights which was the basis for the first ten amendments to the U-S Constitution that are known as The Bill of Rights. The park hosts dozens of nature programs, including regular Monday morning bird walks. Admission to the park is free. A fee is charged for educational programs. Huntley Meadows Park is open dawn to dusk. The visitor center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends. The visitor center is closed Tuesdays.
Published in Fairfax County
Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00

Lady Bird Johnson Park

Lady Bird Johnson earned many awards, including a Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work to transform the American landscape and preserve its natural beauty as a national treasure. In 1968 Columbia Island was renamed in her honor. Graceful plantings and picturesque views recall her conviction that beauty can make the world less grim and tense
Friday, 03 April 2015 00:00

Lake Accotink Park

Lake Accotink Park in Springfield features a 55-acre lake with boating, fishing, hiking, miniature golf, a carousel, snack bar, picnic areas and a playground.
Published in Fairfax County
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