The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
German-American Friendship Garden
National Mall and Memorial Parks
—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
President Ronald Reagan, October 6, 1988
The first organized group of German immigrants landed on American shores on October 6, 1683. They purchased land from William Penn, proprietor of Pennsylvania, and established the village of Germantown. The Deshler-Morris House (left) is also known as the Germantown White House because President George Washington used it in the 1790s while Philadelphia served as the national capital.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan established the Presidential Commission for the German-American Tricentennial. The commission's planning included this landscape designed by Wolfgang Oehme. During German Chancellor Helmut Kohl's final White House meeting with President Reagan on November 15, 1988 (above), Kohl noted the spirit of "friendship and solidarity" this garden evokes.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S.
Location. 38° 53.512′ N, 77° 2.182′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Constitution Avenue Northwest (U.S. 50) and 17th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east on Constitution Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 (about 800 feet away); Washington City Canal on the Tiber Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named 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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