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The Thomas/Siegler House and Garden

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 18, 2017
1. The Thomas/Siegler House and Garden Marker
Inscription.  The home of Horace and Amanda Thomas built in 1884 was the first house to be completed in Takoma Park. It is a fine example of early residential development in Montgomery County. The house, carriage house, and spacious garden illustrate life as it was in the first year of this sylvan Victorian suburb. Mr. Thomas was Takoma Park's first postmaster, storekeeper and stationmaster. Soon after he died in 1889, Amanda Thomas added a two-story addition to the house on the Cedar Avenue side with a wraparound porch and turret. The Thomas house was originally covered with wood clapboards similar to those on the carriage house.

In 1919 Franklin and Catherine Siegler purchased the property from the Thomas family. Their sons, E. Horace Siegler and Eugene Siegler, were noted Department of Agriculture scientists. Their botanical interest is reflected in the extensive landscaping of the one- story property. The grounds are dominated by large white oak trees with an understory of magnolias, American hollies, laurel, dogwood, and cherry treets. Among the flowering bushes are Glenn Dale azaleas. The Glenn Dale was hybridized in the 1930s by Takoma Park
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 18, 2017
2. The Thomas/Siegler House and Garden Marker
resident B.Y. Morrison, famed horticulturist, first director of the National Arboretum, and friend of the Sieglers.

The property was threatened by development in 1984. Through the efforts of local citizens, the Trust for Public Land, the Maryland Open Space program, and the city of Takoma Park, the landscaped grounds were preserved for the enjoyment of the community.

Erected by Historic Takoma, Inc., 1986

 
Erected 1986 by Historic Takoma, Inc.
 
Location. 38° 58.638′ N, 77° 0.885′ W. Marker is in Takoma Park, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Tulip Avenue and Cedar Avenue, on the right on Tulip Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 Tulip Avenue, Takoma Park MD 20912, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Original Federal Boundary Stone NE 2 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Founding of Takoma Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Takoma (approx. mile away); Roscoe (approx. mile away); Scott H. Lawson (approx. mile away); Takoma Station Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away in District of Columbia); Takoma Park Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Walt Penney Field (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Takoma Park.
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 18, 2017
3. The Thomas/Siegler House and Garden Marker
 Thomas-Siegler House and Garden. (Submitted on November 18, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 18, 2017
4. The Thomas/Siegler House and Garden Marker
Plaque on the carriage house
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 18, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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