Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
From Beer Garden to Park View
Lift Every Voice
—Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —
Back when this area was open fields, German Americans created an amusement park. Washingtonians flocked to Schuetzen (marksmanship) Park for target shooting, concerts, dancing, bowling, and picnics. The breezy, hilltop beer garden drew hundreds on hot summer nights. The Schuetzen Verein (Marksmanship Society) owned the 12.5-acre park, which stretched roughly from here south to Hobart Street.
For four decades, Arthur E. Smith's Modern Music School of Music offered top-notch instruction to children and adults, first at 749 Park Road and then at 3109 Georgia. Smith trained at DC's Armstrong High School, Howard University, and the Julliard School before founding the school in the mid-1930s. Graduates included jazz saxophonist Charlie Hampton, who led the Howard Theatre's house band in the 1960s.
From 1963 until his death in 1983, Morris Morgan of Morgan's Seafood, 3200 Georgia Avenue, served steamed crabs and spiced shrimp to neighborhood regulars and city politicians. Former DC Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis called Morgan "the ombudsman of Georgia Avenue" for 20 years of fostering community connections.
Location. 38° 55.799′ N, 77° 1.409′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Kenyon Street, on the right when traveling south on Georgia Avenue. Click for map. The marker is on the southwest corner of Kenyon Street and Georgia Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Next Wave (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Urban Oasis (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Treat Me Refined" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles R. Drew and Lenore Robbins Drew (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Modern Shopper (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nob Hill (approx. ¼ mile away); Along the "Nile Valley" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Girard Street Elites (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
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