Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Through the Eyes of a Scientist
Rachel Carson (1907-1964), a renowned writer and scientist who helped launch the modern environmental movement, once walked these woods. In her groundbreaking book, Silent Spring (1962), Carson warned citizens that the widespread use of pesticides posed a risk to the natural world and to their own health. Her writing helped lead to the founding of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Silent Spring also led to the banning of many persistent pesticides, including DDT. The ban resulted in the resurgence of the bald eagle population, which had previously been on the verge of extinction due to unrestricted pesticide use. The iconic eagle has since returned to the nearby Potomac River Valley and other natural areas throughout the Washington, DC region.
Carson encouraged children and their parents to share "joy, excitement, and mystery" in nature. She found beauty, healing, and "reserves of strength that...endures as long as life lasts" there herself.
It is easy to imagine Carson, who lived in nearby Silver Spring, Maryland, discovering inspiration in the region's many parks. Soon after the publication of Silent Spring, these photos of Rachel Carson bird watching were taken here in Glover Archibold Park.
- Rachel Carson 'The Sense of Wonder'
Rachel Carson was an important scientist and author who laid the foundation of the modern environmental movement.
The hairy woodpecker is a common sight here in Glover Archbold Park.
A Capital City Oasis
Rachel Carson would never have been able to wander this forest without the preservation work of Charles Glover (1846-1936) and Anne Archbold (1873-1968). These visionaries wanted to preserve scenic and recreational opportunities within Washington, DC. In a city that was expanding quickly at the turn of the century, Glover managed to successfully advocate for the creation of Rock Creek Park, Potomac Park, and Fort Dupont Park. In addition, he created Glover Archbold Park by donating nearly 80 acres of his own land as a gift to the United States and its people. To complete the project, Anne Archbold, a landowner and philanthropist, donated an additional 23 acres with the instruction that the land "remain and be enjoyed by all as a natural sanctuary."
These two Washington, DC philanthropists donated the land that became Glover Archbold Park.
Rachel Carson and several members of the Audobon Naturalist Society were photographed bird watching in Glover Archbold Park.
· Photo of Charles Glover from Harris & Ewing Collection, Library of Congress
· Photo of Anne Archbold from Cheng Ho Expedition Collection, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
· Photos of Rachel Carson by Alfred Eisenstaedt. ©Time Inc. All rights reserved.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 38° 54.747′ N, 77° 4.851′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Reservoir Road, NW 0 miles east of 44th Street, NW, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is on a walking trail off of Reservoir Road, NW in the Glover Archbold Park. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Healing in War and Peace (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Evolution of Burleith (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Mary's (approx. 0.4 miles away); Patriotism and Espionage (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jesuit Community Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Famous Burleith Residents (approx. half a mile away); Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J., Hall (approx. half a mile away); The Pilgrim (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Environment •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on February 24, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.