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Museum Minute Vol. 10 – Neighborhood Heritage Trails

by Prince Of Petworth — October 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm 3 Comments

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Museum Minute is written by Elle O’Flaherty. Elle lives in Mt. Pleasant and previously wrote about the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum.

This is a very special furlough edition of Museum Minute in which I tried to both go to a museum while many were closed and spend no money while most still in operation charged entrance fees. Thus, I bring you the Neighborhood Heritage Trail. We’ve all seen the large signs posted around town, but I hadn’t actually taken the time to walk one of the trails until suddenly Congress afforded me plenty of opportunity.

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I’m glad I did. I walked the Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail, which was interesting if you’re entirely too enamored of your neighborhood, which I am. It was also kind of nice to have a purpose to walk around on a beautiful day. The trail had all sorts of information about the architecture, famous former residents (and less famous, including a former presidential chauffeur), and interesting facts about MtP. There are 15 heritage trails throughout the city, a couple have free accompanying audio tours, and odds are there’s one for your neck of the woods. So, if you’re looking for a cheap way to learn more about your hood while taking a walk with your kid or dog, two thumbs up.

By the way, just in case you don’t think this furlough edition museum review isn’t up to Popville’s usual standards, I think we all know who to blame…

  • dcdude

    Love the Mt. Pleasant Heritage Trail. Last Christmas, I had family in from out of town and I suggested that they walk it as a way of getting out of the house and getting to know the neighborhood. They absolutely loved it. It helped them appreciate how great this neighborhood really is.

  • bmoredc

    Thanks, this is a great reminder that I should take some time to explore the history in my own neighborhood (and others)! I’ve walked by that sign 100 times, but always hurrying to the S9.

  • OnTheRoad

    I know that the local website Active Life DC has featured a bunch of area heritage trails. It’s a pretty good resource (and was definitely handy during the shutdown)! (see http://activelifedc.com/search/content/%22cultural%20tourism%22)

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