Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Seventh Street Turnpike
Battleground to Community
— Brightwood Heritage Trail —
Completed in 1822 as a dirt road connecting the Potomac River to Rockville, Maryland, the Seventh Street Turnpike soon grew deeply rutted. In 1852 it was paved with wood planks to create an eight-foot-wide surface. Although the planks sank in the mud, the road accommodated scores each day. The roads private owners placed a toll booth just north of Emory Church, prompting Brightwood residents to create a free bypass (essentially today's Piney Branch Road). In 1871 the city acquired the turnpike, abolished the toll, changed the name to Seventh Street Road, and paved it with macadam, a layer of crushed rock and cement. In the late 1880s Brightwood citizens arranged to rename the road Brightwood Avenue.
By the 1930s, as the neighborhood filled with family housing, children enjoyed pony rides on a lot here, and churches held carnivals.
Across the intersection was the latest fad: a miniature golf course.
Erected 2008 by Cultural Heritage DC. (Marker Number 11.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Brightwood Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 58.053′ N, 77° 1.661′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Piney Branch Road Northwest and Georgia Avenue Northwest (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling west on Piney Branch Road Northwest. The marker is on the northwest corner of Piney Branch Road Northwest at Georgia Avenue Northwest in front of the Fort Stevens Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6400 Piney Branch Road Northwest, Washington DC 20012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. What a Beautiful Location, Brightwood (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Automobiling on The Avenue Park and Shop! (was about 700 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Battleground National Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battleground National Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Lincoln Under Fire at Fort Stevens (approx. ¼ mile away); Roll Call (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Stevens (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brightwood.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow the Brightwood Heritage Trail.
Categories. • Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 637 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on September 12, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on April 28, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 11. submitted on November 28, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 12, 13. submitted on September 12, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 14. submitted on April 28, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.