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Tenleytown Getting a Neighborhood Heritage Trail


Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

From a press release:

Cultural Tourism DC invites residents and visitors to journey to the highest point in DC with the Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail. This newest addition to the Neighborhood Heritage Trails takes participants though the history of a vibrant neighborhood that began as an intersection of two Native American footpaths. From President Theodore Roosevelt and Kermit the Frog to the stone-carving Perna and Porto families, Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail presents stories of the people who shaped this historic neighborhood.

Cultural Tourism DC and the Tenleytown Heritage Trail Working Group will host The Tenleytown Neighborhood Heritage Trail’s official unveiling and neighborhood celebration on Saturday, November 13, at 1 pm at Fort Reno Bandstand on Chesapeake Street between 40th Street and Nebraska Avenue Northwest. This event is free and open to the public.

Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail explores the neighborhood’s involvement in the two world wars and the Civil War, its key role in the development of modern communications, and its lost African American community, Reno City. Other trail highlights include:

* The studio where Kermit the Frog started his career
* Grant Road, a winding byway that recalls the area’s rural past
* Stonework by some of Tenleytown’s master stone mason families
* The place where women of the U.S. Navy broke the Japanese code during World War II

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