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Historical Markers in Forest Hills, District of Columbia

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1District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — "Music of the Spheres"
[Top plaque:] "Music of the Spheres" Artist: Martha Jackson Jarvis Commissioned by Fannie Mae Dedicated July 10, 2003 [Center plaque:] Fannie Mae: Van Ness Sculpture Project Martha Jackson-Jarvis The . . . Map (db m114358) HM
2District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — 210 — Adirondack Building
In 1983, Hillwood commissioned architects to create a structure to house part of Marjorie Post's collection of American Indian objects that she had acquired to decorate Camp Topridge, her retreat in Upstate New York, and would later donate to the . . . Map (db m178210) HM
3District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Butler's House
This structure was one of several buildings erected during 1955-57, just after Marjorie Post bought the estate. The west end was originally built as a living quarters for Post's butler, who was head of the household staff, which numbered about . . . Map (db m178224) HM
4District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Cafι, C.W. Post Center, and Administration — Gardeners' Storage, Garage and Staff Quarters
When Marjorie Post purchased Hillwood in 1955, the buildings at the left and center were the stable and carriage house, with a livestock area in front. Post renovated these structures for use as a storage facility for the gardeners and a garage for . . . Map (db m178209) HM
5District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Chauffeur's House and Garage
Marjorie Post added a chauffeur's house and garage when she renovated the estate during 1955-57. The upper level served as living quarters for the head chauffeur and his wife. The garage, with two bay doors, is located underneath the residence. . . . Map (db m178203) HM
6District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Connecticut Avenue Streetcars — Forest Hills Neighborhood — Art on Call —
Beginning in 1892, streetcars ran from Chevy Chase Circle to downtown Washington, leading to development along Connecticut Avenue. In 1906, twelve houses were built on Tilden Street in a new neighborhood known then as "Fernwood Heights," now . . . Map (db m111656) HM
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7District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Cultural Institutions — Forest Hills Neighborhood Art on Call — Artist: Rebecca Osten —
Forest Hills has two major cultural institutions in the neighborhood, the Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens, and the Levine School of Music. Built in 1926, the Hillwood Museum houses the remarkable collections of Marjorie Merriweather Post in . . . Map (db m114360) HM
8District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — 220 — Cutting Garden
The cutting garden functions as it did during Marjorie Post's residency at Hillwood. The plantings include snapdragons, chrysanthemums, and other classics of 1950s and 1960s floral design, along with modern varieties of cut flowers introduced since . . . Map (db m178222) HM
9District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — 200 — Dacha
Marjorie Post built this adaptation of a Russian country house, called an izba or dacha, in 1969. Russian-style carvings surround the doors and windows of the California redwood-clad masonry structure. Other details, such as the bright . . . Map (db m178211) HM
10District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Dina Merrill Pavilion — Camellia House
This structure was built in 1968 to protect the camellia collection in winter. Every fall, the garden staff transferred around fifty camellias from the gardens and maintained them here until spring, when they were replanted. The skylights could . . . Map (db m178208) HM
11District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — 190 — Dog Cemetery
Limestone poodles, spaniels, and hounds bearing flower baskets greet visitors at the entrances to the secluded wooded area ahead. Marjorie Post created the dog cemetery, planted with fragrant sweet box, as a memorial to the pets she loved throughout . . . Map (db m178220) HM
12District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — First Atomic Clock, 1948 — IEEE Milestone
The first atomic clock, developed near this site by Harold Lyons at the National Bureau of Standards, revolutionized timekeeping by using transitions of the ammonia molecule as its source of frequency. Far more accurate than previous clocks, atomic . . . Map (db m111606) HM
13District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Flora and Fauna of Rock Creek Park — Forest Hills Neighborhood Art on Call
Artist: Rebecca Osten The Call Boxes in Forest Hills are located at Albemarle and 30th Street, Albemarle and Linnean, Connecticut and Tilden, Connecticut and Windom, Ellicott and 30th Place, Tilden and Linnean and the 2900 block of Upton . . . Map (db m114357)
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14District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Forest Hills at Home — Forest Hills Neighborhood Art on Call
Forest Hills at HomeMap (db m114356) HM
15District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — 120 — French Parterre
Fanciful touches lend a whimsical air to this intimate, formal garden inspired by those designed in France in the 1700s. Ivy-covered walls enclose the garden, and beds of closely trimmed boxwood and gravel paths section the space. Sculptures . . . Map (db m178216) HM
16District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — 140 — Friendship Walk and Four Seasons Overlook
In 1957, a group of Marjorie Post's friend created an English-style walk for her new home as a tribute to her kindness and generosity. The informal path leads from the rose garden to open onto a flagstone circle that in Post's day overlooked a vista . . . Map (db m178218) HM
17District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Greenhouse
In Hillwood's greenhouse, Marjorie Post maintained a collection of more than two thousand orchids and other plants and flowers for displays and arrangements in the mansion. Rebuilt in 1996, the current greenhouse complex looks much like the . . . Map (db m178207) HM
18District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — 170 — Japanese-style Garden
Step down into this secluded garden featuring a miniature mountain landscape. Paths follow the rushing stream as it cascades through rocky terrain to fill a peaceful pond below. The garden showcases a mix of Japanese and American gardening . . . Map (db m178212) HM
19District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — 160 — Lunar Lawn
The mansion's portico, or porch, offers a panoramic view across the Lunar Lawn to the Washington Monument in the distance. Marjorie Post hosted garden parties here, welcoming friends, veterans, students, leaders in politics and the arts, and . . . Map (db m178214) HM
20District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Mansion
The Georgian-style mansion was built for Washington social figures Helen and Henry Parsons Erwin in 1926. In 1955, Marjorie Post purchased the estate, at the time known as Arbremont, and renamed it Hillwood. From 1955 to 1957, Post renovated and . . . Map (db m178204) HM
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21District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — 110 — Motor Court
Marjorie Post designed Hillwood with the pleasure of her guests in mind. The diplomats, politicians, students, military veterans, public figures, and family members who arrived at Hillwood's stately gates followed the winding drive to the lushly . . . Map (db m178205) HM
22District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Peirce Mill — Forest Hills Neighborhood Art on Call
In the 1820s, Isaac Peirce built the mill that exists today on land he purchased in 1794. In 1892, Rock Creek Park was established and the Federal Government acquired the mill. Artist: Mary BelcherMap (db m114361) HM
23District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Pierce Mill
The last of several grain mills operating on Rock Creek during an era when most American mills derived their power from small streams. Located near an Indian site. The land was conveyed to Isaac Pierce by the Revolution patriot William Deakins in . . . Map (db m166590) HM
24District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — 150 — Putting Green
Marjorie Post enjoyed an active lifestyle. She loved ballroom and square dancing, garden walks, and golf. Post installed this putting green so friends and family could join her in practicing the game. The green's closely clipped bentgrass turf is . . . Map (db m178221) HM
25District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Rock Creek Park
Rock Creek Park was created by Congress in 1890 through the lobbying efforts of local philanthropist Charles C. Glover. Its original 1,754 acres taken mainly by eminent domain constitutes the largest urban park in America - twice the size of New . . . Map (db m120161) HM
26District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — 130 — Rose Garden
Climbing roses and wisteria drape the pergola in this garden in spring to provide shade and pleasant fragrances. Beginning in spring and continuing into summer, floribunda roses delight with their brilliant colors. Marjorie Post, who died in 1973, . . . Map (db m178217) HM
27District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Science Has Its Traditions As Well As Its Frontiers — The Newton Apple Tree
A descendant of the original tree whose fruit gave inspirational impetus to Isaac Newton's theory of gravitational forces was nurtured by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and transplanted here on the grounds of the National Bureau of Standards . . . Map (db m124922) HM
28District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Site of the National Bureau of Standards — Forest Hills Neighborhood Art on Call
In 1901, the National Bureau of Standards began developing a large complex of 89 buildings on 70 acres west of Connecticut Avenue near this site. The NBS was devoted to testing new materials and establishing industry standards. The NBS physicists . . . Map (db m114354) HM
29District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Soapstone Valley — Forest Hills Neighborhood — Art on Call —
Here the Nacotchtank Indians quarried soapstone and carved vessels. Archaeologist William Henry Holmes studied prehistoric workshops in this valley and other parts of the Rock Creek Watershed in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Artist: Mary . . . Map (db m111605) HM
30District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Stone Lion
This Stone Lion dated 1700 was on the terrace of Old Somerset House in London, England, which was originally built in 1700 and torn down in 1909.Map (db m178215) HM
31District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — The Plaque on the Reverse Side / Lake Merriweather
The plaque on the reverse side is a replica of that which was dedicated September 9, 1967 Goshen Scout Camps, Virginia Lake Merriweather For her abiding interest, her great support and her constant inspiration to scouting, this lake has . . . Map (db m178213) HM
32District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Visitor Center — Gardener's House
In 1955, Marjorie Post built a home for the head gardener on this house. He supervised a staff of about fifteen that maintained Hillwood's extensive gardens and grounds. The gardener's house was razed in 1996 to make way for the visitor center, the . . . Map (db m178206) HM
33District of Columbia (Washington), Forest Hills — Woodland Paths
Marjorie Post encouraged her guests to enjoy all of Hillwood, indoors and out. Visitors today can walk two short woodland paths, both of which begin here. The path veering left passes the remain of a large, uprooted tulip poplar. The path veering . . . Map (db m178219) HM
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Sep. 29, 2022