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Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Through the Eyes of a Scientist

Rock Creek Park

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
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By J. Makali Bruton, October 15, 2016
1. Through the Eyes of a Scientist Marker
Inscription.  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
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By J. Makali Bruton, October 15, 2016
2. Through the Eyes of a Scientist Marker
of Silent Spring, these photos of Rachel Carson bird watching were taken here in Glover Archibold Park.

"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the Earth are never alone or weary of life."
- Rachel Carson 'The Sense of Wonder'

Captions:
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.

Sidebar:
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."

Captions:
These two Washington, DC philanthropists donated the land that
Rachel Carson image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 14, 2019
3. Rachel Carson
Rachel Carson was an important scientist and author who laid the foundation of the modern environmental movement.
Close-up of photo on marker
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Time Inc.
became Glover Archbold Park.

Charles Glover

Anne Archbold

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, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEnvironmentWomen.
 
Location. 38° 54.747′ N, 77° 4.851′ W. Marker is in Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Reservoir Road Northwest east of 44th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east. The marker is on a walking trail off of Reservoir Road, NW in the Glover Archbold Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Freddy and Diana Prince Labyrinth (approx. ¼ mile away); Healing in War and Peace (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Evolution of Burleith (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Mary's (approx.
Charles C. Glover<br>President of Riggs National Bank image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
4. Charles C. Glover
President of Riggs National Bank
Harris & Ewing, 1915.
0.4 miles away); For God And Country (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Anne Archbold image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 14, 2019
5. Anne Archbold
Cheng Ho Expedition Collection, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

The Cheng Ho, a junk style motor yacht, built for Anne Archbold and named for Chinese explorer Zheng He was used in a 1939 expedition to the Dutch East Indies led by botanist David Fairchild and financed by Anne Archbold.
Close-up of photo on marker
Rachel Carson birding with members of the ANS image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 14, 2019
6. Rachel Carson birding with members of the ANS
Rachel Carson and several members of the Audubon Naturalist Society were photographed bird watching in Glover Archbold Park.
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on February 24, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3, 4, 5. submitted on December 14, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on December 20, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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