Has Anyone Ever Visited the Tregaron Conservancy?

This looks like it could be another great (not so) hidden gem. Their Web site says:

“The Tregaron Conservancy is a nonprofit organization founded in January 2006. As the property steward of thirteen acres of recently protected and donated land, the Tregaron Conservancy is restoring and maintaining an important historic landmark.

The twenty acre estate Tregaron lies between Cleveland Park and Woodley Park and borders on a small strip of Rock Creek Park. This land was once part of a larger estate known as Twin Oaks.”

The mission of the Tregaron Conservancy is to preserve, rehabilitate and maintain historic Tregaron Estate built in 1912. With thirteen acres of land in Washington, DC, placed into a conservancy as open green space never to be developed, the Tregaron Conservancy is now cleaning up and stabilizing the deteriorated landscape. The Conservancy is restoring this famous property, following the original maps and plans of Tregaron Estate’s renowned landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman. With the help of the community and generous supporters, we have rehabilitated the extensive bridle paths and pedestrian trials. We have planted over 50 new trees and 2000 daffodils. With miles of paths throughout the woodlands, lily ponds, gardens, meadows and along the streams, Tregaron Estate is open to visitors for their use and enjoyment. In the future, the Tregaron Conservancy will host lectures, guided walks, and cultural events – welcome to the public and at no charge.

The view above is from Macomb St, NW just west of Connecticut Ave, next to the Washington International School.

Has anyone done a tour of the property?

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  • It can be confusing… The way I’ve accessed this area in the past was via the old Klingle road, under the Conn Ave bridge by the Kennedy-Warren. On the park side of Klingle, there are “no trespassing” signs, but the other side obviously leads to this park area.

    Nonetheless, it’s lovely and quiet!

  • It’s a beautiful property. My wife and I got married in the Tregaron Garden in July 2006. I recall some of it was still under construction at the time (not the area of our garden ceremony though) so I imagine it’s even better now.

    I’d call it a hidden gem! That’s for the idea, would be fun to take our 2 year old through there and relive the wedding day!

  • *Thanks for the idea. Oops.

  • I found this place pretty much by accident, but now it’s one of my favorite places to walk. Plus you can see the backs of some really sweet houses in Cleveland park from some of the trails.

  • andy

    On a run up old Klingle Road (now more like Klingle Trail) turn north-ish near the end and you’re there. Some wooded, landscaped trails, a bridge, and a pond with some nice flowers. And it’s basically Washington International School’s backyard.

  • Better hidden gem than Dumbarton Oaks? Everytime I run in there I come upon something that surprises me – a large buck staring me down, a wildflower I haven’t seen in the city before, a hawk roosting on a branch tearing apart a smaller bird.

    • andy

      I also have seen a buck in the Dumbarton Oaks park/valley whatever it is down by the little stream. Looks like a pretty young two-point buck. The meadow is great and there are lots of nice flowering shrubs in there as well.

      I only wish there was a secret back entrance into the real Dumbarton Oaks from back there.

  • I did not know that it was open to the public until this post – thank you. Now it’s on my list to explore….

  • I took a tour last year and it was fascinating. The woman who gave the tour was (I think) the president of the association and was super-passionate about the mission. I just wish I had time to help them restore the gardens…

  • I’m in there several times a week. it’s a favorite of the neighborhood dog owners and there are some fields and a big grassy hill that are fun for dogs (and kids during the snow).

    Pond is a bit mucky. But the dogs love it.

    pretty serious mosquitoes. keep moving.

    eventually, it will link with the klingle valley trail, when they finally get round to tearing up the old road.

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