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Cameron's Creek and the Rose Garden

Former Walter Reed Army Medical Center

 

Walking Tour

 
Cameron's Creek and the Rose Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 20, 2019
1. Cameron's Creek and the Rose Garden Marker
Inscription.  The home of Thomas Carberry was later sold to James Donald Cameron, former Secretary of War under President Grant. When the U.S. government acquired property here for the Army hospital in 1905, the small stream running through the property was known as Cameron's Creek. During the Battle of Fort Stevens, the stream was used as a source of fresh water and cover for Confederate troops.

Cameron's Creek was heavily altered during the 20th century. By 1909, a sewer line had been constructed along the banks of the creek as city utilities expanded to the growing suburbs. In 1920, Cameron's Creek was excavated and the stream channel was encased in an underground tunnel covered by nearly 8,000 cubic yards of earth excavated from elsewhere on the Walter Reed campus.

Brigadier General James D. Glennan, commanding officer of the Walter Reed General Hospital from 1919 to 1926, held a keen interest in landscaping and focused his attention on improving the grounds at the hospital. A formal garden first begun in the 1910s and embellished by Brigadier General Glennan in the 1920s became the Rose Garden south of the Main Hospital, centered
Cameron's Creek and the Rose Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 20, 2019
2. Cameron's Creek and the Rose Garden Marker
in the low-lying bowl where the stream once flowed. In addition to roses from shrubs and other plants, including evergreens from Rock Creek Park, Tidal Basin Japanese cherry tree, Martha Washington ivy from Mount Vernon and mint from England gifted to the hospital.

The sunken garden was a natural amphitheater that served as the Walter Reed Army Medical Center's chief gathering place and functioned daily as a park and therapeutic garden. Annual Easter sunrise services, school graduations, change-of-command ceremonies, receptions of dignitaries, performances of prominent entertainers and recreational activities were all held there.

[Caption on reverse of marker:]
Aerial overview in front of the Main Hospital in early 1935. The bandstand, pergola and Rose Garden are in the right foreground. Cameron's Creek, the approximate location depicted here by dotted lines, was excavated, channelized and infilled in 1920 creating an open landscape and natural amphitheater in front of the Main Hospital. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Location. 38° 58.426′ N, 77° 1.804′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Main Drive Northwest 0.1 miles west of 12th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20307, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Cameron's Creek and the Rose Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 20, 2019
3. Cameron's Creek and the Rose Garden Marker
are within walking distance of this marker. WRAMC - Modern Era (within shouting distance of this marker); Borden's Dream Realized (within shouting distance of this marker); Walter Reed General Hospital (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walter Reed Army Medical Center (about 400 feet away); Borden's Dream (about 400 feet away); Battle of Fort Stevens (about 500 feet away); Site of a Tulip Tree (about 600 feet away); Army Nurse Corps Training (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brightwood.
 
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Dedication plaque in the Rose Garden area image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 20, 2019
4. Dedication plaque in the Rose Garden area
Dedication plaque in the Rose Garden area image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 20, 2019
5. Dedication plaque in the Rose Garden area
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 20, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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