Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Tour

Thanks to Bryan who recommended we visit Greenbelt.

It's the 75th Anniversary of the establishment of the town that was intended as a model for improved public health by replacing the congestion of the city with an experimental (sub)urban design.  New Deal social engineering at its finest!  The Greenbelt Co-op food store is still a thriving enterprise.

The Museum has offered to provide a docent to lead an extended group tour that covers both the museum and other sites around the town.  We'll visit examples of art-deco architecture while walking along the pioneering network of pedestrian paths that was laid out for the new town.  Afterwards, we can head over to the cooperatively-owned New Deal Cafe for some dinner, art exhibits and music.

You may like the scene so much, that you'll return on Labor Day for the Retro Town Fair.

 

Walking or biking from the Greenbelt Metro Center is a possibility.  Looking at Google Maps, it appears to be a little over 2 miles by the most direct route, which is through the Metro parking lot to Cherrywood Ln.  Then after crossing under the Beltway on Cherrywood, go through the corporate office park alongside the Beltway, continue behind the Marriott, then cut through the State Highway Administration parking lot to Crescent Road.  Then along Crescent Road to the recreation center.  Then through the recreation center to the community center, which lies beyond the baseball fields and skate park.

 

For those who are driving - here are the directions to the Greenbelt Museum

10-B Crescent Road, Greenbelt MD

my contact number is[masked]

 

From BW parkway Northbound – (from DC)

- Take Route 193/Greenbelt Road exit

- Bear right on the exit ramp to get on westbound Greenbelt Rd

- Make right turn onto Southway (after crossing over BW parkway)

- Go through one stop light & one stop sign

- Make a left turn onto Crescent Road (second stop sign)

- Make a right into the parking lot of either the library or the community center

- Walk back across Crescent Road and to the right to get to the Museum.


From 495/95 Southbound – (from Silver Spring)

- Take exit 22a/BW parkway North

- Take Route 193/Greenbelt Road exit

- Bear right on the exit ramp to get on westbound Greenbelt Rd

- Make right turn onto Southway (after crossing over BW parkway)

- Go through one stop light & one stop sign

- Make a left turn onto Crescent Road (second stop sign)

- Make a right into the parking lot of either the library or the community center

- Walk back across Crescent Road and to the right to get to the Museum

 

From 495/95 Northbound – (from Andrews Air Force Base / Alexandria) --

- Take exit 22a/BW parkway North (stay left on exit ramp, you want to get on parkway)

- Take Route 193/Greenbelt Road exit

- Bear right on the exit ramp to get on westbound Greenbelt Rd

- Make right turn onto Southway (after crossing over BW parkway)

- Go through one stop light & one stop sign

- Make a left turn onto Crescent Road (second stop sign)

- Make a right into the parking lot of either the library or the community center

- Walk back across Crescent Road and to the right to get to the Museum.


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  • Bruce

    A wonderful time was had by all.

    August 28, 2012

  • John H

    This might be a pretty place to hike in the spring

    August 28, 2012

  • Dennis

    Thanks John for organizing; it was great meeting everyone and am looking forward to next expedition!

    August 26, 2012

  • Bryan W M.

    It was nice hanging out with other people interested in such an odd piece of history. The New Deal was fun.

    August 26, 2012

  • Bryan W M.

    The music on Sunday starts at 5PM

    http://newdealcafe.com/events/calendar.php

    August 25, 2012

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