Capitol Hill in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
War Gardens Over the Top
Library of Congress
World War I Era War Garden
In March 1917, the National War Garden Commission urged Americans to help its starving allies in Europe by planting vegetables on lands not generally used for gardening. Civilians across the country pitched in, converting every available parcel--from sports fields to small urban tracts--into food producing plots. In response to the Commission's energetic campaign and the combined efforts of individuals in the country, more than 3,000,000 pieces of uncultivated land were turned into war gardens. To commemorate this great communal patriotic effort--and to complement the current Library of Congress exhibition, Echoes of the Great War--three "war gardens" have been planted around the Thomas Jefferson Building. Visit the exhibition inside to find more information about American experiences during the Great War.
Commemorates World War I
Text from images on marker:
Ensure the Fruits of Peace
The woman's land army
Veterans History Project
The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress preserves the wartime experience of U.S. veterans from World War I through the current U.S. conflicts.
Architect of the Capitol
Erected by Library of Congress.
Location. 38° 53.28′ N, 77° 0.323′ W. Marker is in Capitol Hill, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Independence Avenue Southeast east of 1st Street SE, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. On the grounds of the Library of Congress. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington DC 20540, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War Garden (here, next to this marker); Destroying the Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Capitol in Flames (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florida House (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Mark's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); United States Capitol Grounds (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old Brick Capitol (approx. 0.2 miles away); United States Capitol (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitol Hill.
Categories. • Agriculture • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 13, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.