Rural Remnants of Washington County:
An Architectural Survey of Washington’s Historic Farms and Estates
Kim Williams, Architectural Historian and
National Register Coordinator for the D.C. Historic Preservation Office
Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Chevy Chase Community Center
For most of the 19th century, Washington County – the area outside the original city limits but within the District of Columbia, and including Chevy Chase – was rural in character, dotted with small and large farmsteads and with estates built as second homes by prominent city residents. Even earlier, Colonel Joseph Belt received a land grant, named it Chevy Chase, and acquired several farms. (His family’s homestead stood on what is now Oliver Street until 1907.) Most of the old farms, as illustrated on historic maps, no longer survive, but there are remnants: dwellings, barns, springhouses, boundary markers, walls and statuary.