Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Automobiling on The Avenue
Battleground to Community
— Brightwood Heritage Trail —
The Villa Flora rented meeting space to other organizations, and in 1906 leased property to the Automobile Club of Washington to build its club house. This Social club appealed to the city's earliest car owners, men of wealth and leisure who could afford the expensive "sport" of "automobiling." From here it was a short ride to the Brightwood Trotting Park, which briefly offered commercial auto races. In one 1903 event, the fastest cars traveled at 15miles per hour. When the Washington club affiliated with the American Automobile Association, members gained access to other AAA clubhouses for dining
Long after housing replaced the open fields, Beck’s Polar Bear frozen custard stand across Georgia, roughly where the Safeway parking lot is today, attracted folks from all over. The large plaster polar bears became a neighborhood landmark.
Erected by Cultural Heritage DC. (Marker Number 12.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Brightwood Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 58.142′ N, 77° 1.653′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Avenue Northwest (U.S. 29) and Underwood Street Northwest, on the right when traveling south on Georgia Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 Underwood Street Southwest, 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. Battleground National Cemetery (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battleground National Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Roll Call (about 600 feet The 25th New York Cavalry (about 700 feet away); 98th Pennsylvania Infantry (about 700 feet away); The 122nd New York Volunteer Infantry (about 700 feet away); Company K, 150th Ohio National Guard Infantry (about 700 feet away); What a Beautiful Location, Brightwood (about 800 feet away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow The Brightwood Heritage Trail.
Also see . . .
1. The Automobile. The Washington Times, Oct. 4, 1908. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress. (Submitted on April 6, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Early Motoring in the District of Columbia. Photographs by Howard S. Fisk, Automotive Editor of The Washington Star, DCplates.net (Submitted on April 6, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
3. Brightwood Heritage Trail. (Submitted on April 6, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Topics. This marker is included in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • Sports
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 780 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on April 6, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.