American University Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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Tenleytown Heritage Trail
By 1900, 12 large families often intermarried came to dominate the village that was Tennallytown: the Burrows, Chappell, Harry, Hurdle, Paxton, Perna, Poore, Queen, Riley, Robey, Shoemaker, and Walther clans.
This is Harry country, home to five generations of the Harry clan. You are standing at the edge of what once was "Harry's field," a favorite community playground.
The first Harry in Tenleytown was John O., a U.S. postmaster who died in 1864. His grandson John B. Harry, known as Bernard, was born at 4509 Wisconsin Avenue in 1867. At age 12 Bernard quit school. At age 20, he and a partner opened a grocery store in Foggy Bottom. For the next 69 years, Brooke and Harry's served neighbors and delivered to the local elite, including J. Pierpont Morgan and occupants of the White House. Their home-grown strawberries were a favorite of President Franklin Roosevelt. Decades before, that earlier Roosevelt president, Theodore, was known to stop at the Harrys' apple orchards here. Brooke and Harry also operated an ice company, a bakery, and a car showroom on nearby Wisconsin Avenue.
According to family
Bernard's house and his son John's house next door came down when Georgetown Day High School purchased Harry's Field for a new campus.
Erected 2010 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 11.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt, the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Tenleytown Heritage Trail series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
Location. 38° 57.068′ N, 77° 5.002′ W. Marker is in American University Park in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Chesapeake Street Northwest and River Road Northwest, on the right when traveling west on Chesapeake Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4230 Chesapeake St NW, Washington DC 20016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this Set in Stone (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early Inhabitants (about 700 feet away); Luis Alves De Lima E Silva (about 700 feet away); In Touch with the World (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Commerce (approx. 0.2 miles away); And the Church Goes on (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birth of Tennallytown (approx. Ό mile away); A Spirit of Community (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in American University Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 31, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.