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Park View 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 —

 
From Beer Garden to Park View Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 23, 2013
1. From Beer Garden to Park View Marker
Inscription. "Innumerable colored Chinese lanterns ... shedding that dim uncertain light which is the delight of lovers and the poetry of beer drinking" -- Washington Post, June 1879

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.

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From Beer Garden to Park View Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2013
2. From Beer Garden to Park View Marker
P. Murchison, Jr., opened Inter-City Mortgage at 3005 Georgia Avenue in 1969 as a pioneering full-service, federally approved African American mortgage lender. With white-owned banks still make homeownership difficult for blacks, the company helped thousands become homeowners. (Marker Number 16.)
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 55.799′ N, 77° 1.409′ W. Marker was in Park View, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker was at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Kenyon Street, on the right when traveling south on Georgia Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is on the southwest corner of Kenyon Street and Georgia Avenue. Marker was 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 location. 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).
 
Categories. African Americans
 
Picnic at Schuetzen Park image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2013
3. Picnic at Schuetzen Park
A group picnic at Schuetzen Park, where German American and other organizations enjoyed the sprawling pleasure grounds.
Close-up of photo on marker
Invitation from the German Schuetzen Verein of Washington image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2013
4. Invitation from the German Schuetzen Verein of Washington
The card above invited a Major Vanburg to the third annual Schuetzen Fest, a German American festival.
Close-up of photo on marker
Students at the Modern School of Music, 3109 Georgia Ave. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2013
5. Students at the Modern School of Music, 3109 Georgia Ave.
Close-up of photo on marker
John P. Murchison, Jr., of Inter-City Mortgage. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2013
6. John P. Murchison, Jr., of Inter-City Mortgage.
Close-up of photo on marker
Morris Morgan operated a pool room then Morgan's Seafood. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 23, 2013
7. Morris Morgan operated a pool room then Morgan's Seafood.
Close-up of photo on marker
Morgan's Seafood image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2013
8. Morgan's Seafood
Morgan's Seafood is still operated by the Morgan family. Romeo Morgan, the current proprietor, is a founding member of the Georgia Avenue Business Alliance.
Sharm Morgan image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 23, 2013
9. Sharm Morgan
Sharm Morgan, grand-son of Morris Morgan, shows off Morgan's tee shirt.
The Tee Shirt image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 23, 2013
10. The Tee Shirt
The Daughter of Oshun in the New World image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 23, 2013
11. The Daughter of Oshun in the New World
A Mural painted by Joel Bergner in 2008 as part of the Georgia Avenue Mural Project on the side and rear walls of Morgan's Seafood.
The Daughter of Oshun<br>overlooks Petworth Liquors image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2013
12. The Daughter of Oshun
overlooks Petworth Liquors
The New World image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2013
13. The New World
From Beer Garden to Park View Marker Missing image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 29, 2016
14. From Beer Garden to Park View Marker Missing
The orange cone is bolted to the base of the "From Beer Garden to Park View" marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 432 times since then and 58 times this year. Last updated on October 29, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on July 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   14. submitted on October 29, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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