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Woodley Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Woodley Estate

 
 
Woodley Estate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 15, 2015
1. Woodley Estate Marker
Inscription. The neighborhood of Woodley Park owes its name to the Woodley estate of Philip Barto Key (1767-1815). Key, uncle of Francis Scott Key, who wrote “Star Spangled Banner”, was an officer on the British side during the Revolutionary War. He later served two terms in the new U.S. House of Representatives. Philip and his wife Ann Key, built the mansion in 1801 and with the assistance of several slaves, raised one son and and six daughters here.

Woodley has been home to a succession of prominent Americans. It served as the “summer White House” for two presidents (Van Buren and Cleveland) and reputedly for two others (Tyler and Buchanan). Residents included Civil War General Lorenzo Thomas; Robert Walker, the diplomat-statesman who arranged the purchase of Alaska; Senator Francis Newlands, Chevy Chase Developer; General George Patton; and Henry Stimson, cabinet secretary under presidents Taft, Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt.

Woodley was sold to the Maret School in 1950. The School began in 1911, when Mathe Maret, a Swiss émigré, began teaching French to girls in her Rhode Island Avenue apartment. As the school grew, Marhe's sisters, Jeanne and Louise, began teaching also. The school moved twice before it made Woodley its home, Maret is an independent, coeducational school with grades kindergarten
Woodley Estate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 15, 2015
2. Woodley Estate Marker
through twelfth.

The Woodley Park call boxes were developed by the Woodley Park Community Association as part of Art on Call, a program of Cultural Tourism DC with support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, and the District Department of Transportation. Local support for this call box was provided by the Woodley Park Community Association and Shapiro & Company LLC. Visit www.woodleypark.org for map and more information.
 
Location. 38° 55.745′ N, 77° 3.624′ W. Marker is in Woodley Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Cathedral Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3013 Cathedral Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20008, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mihran Mesrobian (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Woodley to Woodley Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Long & Winding Woodley Road (approx. ¼ mile away); Redwood (approx. ¼ mile away); Black and Gray Squirrels (approx. 0.3 miles away); Woodley Road Neighbors (approx. 0.3 miles away); Harry Wardman (approx. 0.3 miles away); Roma Restaurant (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodley Park.
 
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Woodley Estate in 1801 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 15, 2015
3. Woodley Estate in 1801
Close-up of image on marker
Woodley, now the Maret School image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 15, 2015
4. Woodley, now the Maret School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 21, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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