A Spirit of Community
Top of the Town
— Tenleytown Heritage Trail —
St. Columba's became independent of St. Alban's in 1924, and two years later the current church was built. It showcases the work of Tenleytown Stone Masons Louis and Frank Pern and their sons.
In 1975, St. Columba's joined forces with nearby St. Ann's and Eldebrook churches to create Iona House, an experiment in comprehensive social services. Iona House operated from St. Columba's old clapboard rectory until 1990. Its successor, Iona Senior Services, then moved into a new building where Police Precinct No. 8 once stood, across 42nd Street.
When Bernard Janney School opened in 1925, it brought Tenleytown's first public library
Caption of Top Photo
Janney School students mark George Washington's birthday, February 1955.
Caption of Photo on Lower Right
Principal Nell Hiscvox distributes forms to third graders in the newly desegregated Janney School, September, 1954.
Text on Reverse Side
Tenleytown's story begins with Native American footpaths that crossed at the highest natural elevation in what would become Washington, DC. European settlers broadened the paths into roads, and in the late 1700's the enterprising John Tennally opened a tavern at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and River Road. Soon a community known as Tennallytown surrounded the tavern. Until the early 1880's Tennallytown remained a village amid rural Washington County, where about a dozen tightly-knit and often inter-married families dominated daily life. Then modern transportation made Tenleytown easily accessible to downtown and pushed it into the 20th century.
Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail shows you where, during the Civil War, the Union
Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail is an official Washington DC Walking Trail. The self-guided tour of 19 signs, just under 3 miles, offers about two hours of gentle exercise.
Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail, a free booklet capturing the trails highlights, is available in both English and Spanish language editions at local businesses and institutions along the way. To learn about other DC neighborhoods, please visit www.CulturalTourismDC.org
Erected 2010 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 12.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tenleytown Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 56.879′ N, 77° 4.929′ W. Marker is in American University Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Albemarle Street Northwest and 42nd Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west on Albemarle Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Beer, Popcorn, and Penny Candy (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); To the Rescue (about 800 feet away); In Touch with the World (about 800 feet away); Set in Stone (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Inhabitants (approx. 0.2 miles away); Luis Alves De Lima E Silva (approx. 0.2 miles away); On the Circle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Commerce (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in American University Park.
Also see . . .
1. Janney Elementary School. (Submitted on February 12, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
2. Janney Elementary School, National Register of Historic Places Profile. (Submitted on February 12, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2013, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 462 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on March 8, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 1, 2013, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.