Takoma Park in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lee Jordan Field
From Cows to Games, Fireworks & Festivals
When Takoma Park was founded in 1883 the parcel of land that today is Lee Jordan Field was part of a large farm belonging to the Brashears family. A stream known as Brashears Run flowed here across a lush, soggy pasture. A son-in-law, Roger Hodges later started a business called Dairy that delivered milk from cows that grazed on the farm.
Upon his retirement the farmland was sold and divided into plots for home on Hodges Heights for public facilities. On the hill overlooking this field Montgomery County built Takoma Park Junior High. The school opened in 1939.
The logical place for the school's athletic field was the pasture below the hill. Brashears Run was forced into a culvert, and laborers piled tons of dirt over it to raise the elevation. Numerous rocks worked their way to the surface, though, and during Lee Jordan's long tenure as a sports organizer and coach he could be regularly seen raking the field smooth.
By the time the field was named for him in 1981 it had become not only the site of frequent games but also a gathering place for community festivities. On July Fourth evenings the sky was
At Lee Jordan's suggestion the first Takoma Park Folk Festival was held on the school grounds in 1978, and the festival was dedicated to this Boys and Girls Club. A year later, however, Montgomery County announced that the junior high was closing, and the building was emptied of books and furniture. Trying to save the school and the field organizers of the folk festival turned their next event into a massive protest. To general surprise, the county reversed its decision.
The current school building, now Takoma Park Middle, was erected in 1997-1998 and the field underwent and extensive renovation at the same time. It remains a scene of almost constant activity.
Support for this project was provided by Maryland Program Open Space, City of Takoma Park, Montgomery County Public Schools and Historic Takoma.
Erected 2014 by Maryland Program Open Space, City of Takoma Park, Montgomery County Public Schools and Historic Takoma.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
Location. 38° 59.185′ N, 77° 0.786′ W. Marker is in Takoma Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Takoma Park MD 20912, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee Jordan (here, next to this marker); Centennial Garden (approx. ¼ mile away); In Memory of Sgt. Christopher Thornton (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sligo Creek Waterworks (approx. 0.4 miles away); "The Presidents Tree" (approx. half a mile away); Belle Ziegler Park (approx. half a mile away); Living in Takoma Park (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Takoma Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 891 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 9, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7, 8. submitted on July 10, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.