Takoma Park in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Thomas/Siegler House and Garden
The home of Horace and Amanda Thomas built in 1884 was the first house to be completed in Takoma Park. It is a fine example of early residential development in Montgomery County. The house, carriage house, and spacious garden illustrate life as it was in the first year of this sylvan Victorian suburb. Mr. Thomas was Takoma Park's first postmaster, storekeeper and stationmaster. Soon after he died in 1889, Amanda Thomas added a two-story addition to the house on the Cedar Avenue side with a wraparound porch and turret. The Thomas house was originally covered with wood clapboards similar to those on the carriage house.
In 1919 Franklin and Catherine Siegler purchased the property from the Thomas family. Their sons, E. Horace Siegler and Eugene Siegler, were noted Department of Agriculture scientists. Their botanical interest is reflected in the extensive landscaping of the one- story property. The grounds are dominated by large white oak trees with an understory of magnolias, American hollies, laurel, dogwood, and cherry treets. Among the flowering bushes are Glenn Dale azaleas. The Glenn Dale was hybridized in the 1930s by Takoma Park resident B.Y. Morrison, famed horticulturist, first director of the National Arboretum, and friend of the Sieglers.
The property was threatened by development in 1984. Through the
Erected 1986 by Historic Takoma, Inc.
Location. 38° 58.638′ N, 77° 0.885′ W. Marker is in Takoma Park, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Tulip Avenue and Cedar Avenue, on the right on Tulip Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 Tulip Avenue, Takoma Park MD 20912, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Original Federal Boundary Stone NE 2 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line in District of Columbia); Founding of Takoma Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Takoma (approx. ¼ mile away); Roscoe (approx. ¼ mile away); Scott H. Lawson (approx. ¼ mile away); Takoma Station Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away in District of Columbia); Walt Penney Field (approx. 0.4 miles away); Belle Ziegler Park (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Takoma Park.
Also see . . . Thomas-Siegler House and Garden. (Submitted on November 18, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 18, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.