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The Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Tree and Marker image, Touch for more information
By Tom Fuchs, March 18, 2006
The Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Tree and Marker
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Tree
First Lady of the Land, First Lady of the World, wife of our 32nd President, First Chairman of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. From this point she surveyed the site and spurred the work of building Greenbelt, the first garden community in the . . . — Map (db m188) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — City of Greenbelt
Welcome to the City of Greenbelt Unlike most towns that develop gradually over a long period of time, Greenbelt was the first "green town" built in 1936 from scratch as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. The entire community was . . . — Map (db m5038) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Community Center
The Greenbelt Community Center, originally the Greenbelt Center Elementary School and Community Building, was completed in the autumn of 1937, just in time for Greenbelt’s first occupants. From the beginning, residents also used the buildings for . . . — Map (db m2475) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Eleanor Roosevelt
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt took a great interest in Greenbelt and visited the town on numerous occasions. Mrs. Roosevelt participated directly in extensive planning and development. She believed that decent housing and a nurturing environment for . . . — Map (db m2474) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Gas Station
A gas station has stood on this site since the opening of the town in 1937. Notice that the rounded glass facade is gone from the original building and that a garage has been added on the right side. Initially, like all the other businesses in . . . — Map (db m194) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Greenbelt1937
Greenbelt was the first of three planned garden towns built and owned by the U.S. Government during the Administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was a "new deal" experiment in community planning, of note to urban planners throughout the . . . — Map (db m41235) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Greenbelt Historic District
Greenbelt Historic District has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The original town of Greenbelt was the first government sponsored planned community built on Garden City principles and possesses national significance in commemorating . . . — Map (db m41234) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Greenbelt Homes Inc.
In 1936 the federal government built Greenbelt and two other "greenbelt towns" as models of town and community planning. The government carefully selected tenants for the utopian town and acted as landlord. Although Greenbelt was carefully planned, . . . — Map (db m26553) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Greenbelt Lake
Construction on the Greenbelt project began with this lake on October 12, 1935. Originally a heavily wooded 23-acre valley cut by a stream, the lake required one year and over two hundred men to complete it. Because the federal government was . . . — Map (db m173) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Greenbelt Park
This is a place of contrast. Once this land was covered with virgin forest, then it was farmland, and then a proposed housing development. Now it is an alluring refuge within an ever-growing sea of development. Here you can find wilderness, . . . — Map (db m41265) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Greenbelt Park
This is a place of contrast. Once this land was covered with virgin forest, then it was farmland, and then a proposed housing development. Now it is an alluring refuge within an ever-growing sea of development. Here you can find wilderness, . . . — Map (db m68570) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Greenbelt Park
This is a place of contrast. Once this land was covered with virgin forest, then it was farmland, and then a proposed housing development. Now it is an alluring refuge within an ever-growing sea of development. Here you can find wilderness, . . . — Map (db m68699) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Greenbelt: A Bold Experiment
The City of Greenbelt was conceived, built, and for a long time owned by the Federal government. Greenbelt was one of three “green cities” built during the Great Depression. The theory of “green cities” was revolutionary: . . . — Map (db m41275) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Greenbelt: A Bold Experiment
The City of Greenbelt was conceived, built, and for a long time owned by the Federal government. Greenbelt was one of three “green cities” built during the Great Depression. The theory of “green cities” was revolutionary: . . . — Map (db m68569) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Methodist Preaching Place1776-1803
Bishop Francis Asbury, builder of Methodism in America, recorded nine visits to this place. The farm, called "Wild Cat," belonged to Shadrick Turner, planter. He and his wife Sarah, zealous laymen, hosted many meetings. Several United Methodist . . . — Map (db m122) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Roosevelt Center
Greenbelt's 1937 Roosevelt Center Mall is one of the first planned shopping areas in the country—a precursor to the modern shopping mall. Greenbelt's planners positioned the mall to be within easy and safe walking distance from all the town's . . . — Map (db m195) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Swimming Pool
Progressive planners equipped Greenbelt with the kinds of outdoor athletic facilities that only rich people could afford during the Great Depression. Greenbelt’s original outdoor swimming pool opened on Memorial Day 1939. It was reportedly the only . . . — Map (db m2473) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Time of HorrorStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Sounds of battle could be heard here from Bladensburg, six miles away, on August 24, 1814. Victorious British troops then moved into Washington, D.C. The sky was already aglow above the city; Americans has torched the Washington Navy Yard to . . . — Map (db m68566) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Toaping Castle(Circa 1750)
On this site Isaac, Charles and Nathan Walker erected a large white oak log house, named for their ancestral stronghold in Scotland which the three brothers had fled after the failure of attempts to unseat George I, King of England as ruler of . . . — Map (db m3621) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Greenbelt — Water[Greenbelt Park]
Greenbelt Park’s streams and wetlands vividly demonstrate that what goes on outside the boundary of a park can have a profound effect on the park itself. Streambeds within the park are deeply scoured and eroded. The water that courses through them . . . — Map (db m41257) HM

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