Cathedral Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Nourse Farm
The Washington National Cathedral, standing majestically on the commanding heights of the city, was not the first religious institution on Mount Alban. Joseph Nourse, a Revolutionary War veteran who moved his family to the site in 1813, dreamed of establishing a church there. Nourse (pronounced Nurse) was named register of the United States Treasury by President George Washington. He served seven presidents, until Andrew Jackson fired him and several of his relatives in 1829 to "clean out the Noursery." Upon Nourse's death in 1841, his home became a school with a chapel. Worshippers' contributions, including an initial bequest of 40 gold coins earned, in part, by Nourse's granddaughter Phoebe for her needlework, made possible the opening of St. Albans Church in 1854. It was the first church with no pew fees in Washington. Construction of the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul was begun in 1907 and completed in 1990. It is a house of prayer for all people.
Artists: Caroline Nourse,
a granddaughter of Joseph Nourse.
It is a reproduced with permission of W. Alexander Williams,
a Nourse descendent.
Repairs and restoration of this callbox were financed by generous contributions to the Washington Art on Call Committee from Cathedral Heights neighbors and from Art on Call, a program
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Location. 38° 55.906′ N, 77° 4.363′ W. Marker is in Cathedral Heights, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue Northwest and Woodley Road NW on Wisconsin Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20016, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Woodley Inn (a few steps from this marker); Why Are These Stones Here? (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); All Hallows Guild (about 500 feet away); The Road to Fort Duquesne (about 700 feet away); Washington National Cathedral (about 800 feet away); Herb Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); 9. Rosedale (approx. ¼ mile away); 5. Site of Red Top (approx. ¼ mile away).
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Politics • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.