The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
German-American Friendship Garden
Celebrating 300 Years of Friendship
—National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C. —
“One magnificent symbol of the bonds that tie our two great peoples together is the German-American Friendship Garden. This symbol of eternally renewing growth and strength will be dedicated this autumn here in the Capital. In its growth, our own commitments to the well-being of America and Germany shall be cultivated and nurtured.”
– President Ronald Reagan, October 6, 1988.
On October 6, 1683, the first organized group of German immigrants arrived on these shores. They purchased land from William Penn, the proprietor of Pennsylvania, and established the village of Germantown. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan established the Presidential Commission for the German-America Tricentennial. Their planning included the garden you see before you.
The Deshler-Morris House, also called the Germantown White House, sheltered President George Washington and his family. It still stands today as the oldest surviving presidential residence.
Chancellor Helmut Kohl and President Ronald Reagan speaking from the White House, November 15, 1988. The occasion marked their last meeting and the dedication of the garden.
The German-American Friendship Garden was designed by Wolfgang Oehme, strategically placed between the Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 53.514′ N, 77° 2.18′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Constitution Avenue, NW east of 17th Street, NW, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20006, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The German-American Friendship Garden (a few steps from this marker); Second Infantry Division Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington Monument (about 700 feet away); A Monumental Legacy (about 700 feet away); Bulfinch Gate House (about 700 feet away); Jefferson Pier (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington City Canal on the Tiber Creek Bulfinch Gate House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
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