If you missed our live Virtual “Walking” History Tour of Chevy Chase DC on Zoom on Nov. 17 you are in luck! We have now posted it for your enjoyment.
The event was organized as an alternative to the ever-popular History Walking Tour HCCDC hosts each September that we had to postpone this Fall due to Covid. Because it is virtual, the format allowed us to go the extra mile and cover a lot more history than the actual walking tour possibly can.
This hour-long virtual stroll goes back more than a century to when this “streetcar suburb” was just some crazy idea, fulfilled by developer/politician Francis Newlands’ deep pockets.
Highlights include the early secret land buy that turned farms into streets; the near-loss and heroic saving of The Avalon Theater; the eclectic architecture that makes our community unique; the hidden-in-plain-sight vestiges of an earlier country manor once home to General Blackjack Pershing; the role Jim Crow played in our local politics; and the contributions of the many famous residents who once lived here such as Vera Rubin, Rev. James Reeb, and Walter Tobriner.