DC -- Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church (1 Chevy Chase Circle, NW):
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Description of Subject Matter: BEGINNINGS
In 1905, Chevy Chase was mostly farmland. The unusual name of the area came from the Scots Ballad of Chevy Chase and was chosen in 1725 by Col. Joseph Belt for his Maryland manor house which once stood about a hundred yards east of the present church site.
Between the bridge over Rock Creek (now the Taft Bridge) and Chevy Chase Circle there were very few houses. Between the Circle and Chevy Chase Lake, just inside the present Beltway, were just four houses. In all the area known as Chevy Chase there were only about 50 homes. A street car track, which sometimes carried freight, ran along newly-opened Connecticut Avenue to an amusement park at Chevy Chase Lake.
In 1906, the farmland in Chevy Chase, Maryland, from the Circle to Bradley Lane, was divided for homes, and in about two years 250 families, about 1000 persons, moved in. Mr. Harry Martin, a resident of Brookville Road, and a real estate man, had a particular interest in the new community. He wanted to start a Presbyterian church in the neighborhood and to that end invited some of his friends and neighbors to come to his home one Sunday afternoon in 1906. Dr. George Bailey, minister of the Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, was one of the guests.
All agreed that Chevy Chase should have a Presbyterian church. Consequently, cottage prayer meeting services were thereafter held in different homes on Sunday afternoons. Dr. Bailey and other Presbyterian ministers of downtown Washington congregations conducted services in their own churches in the mornings and evenings and made the journey to the Chevy Chase “country” service in between.
The group soon outgrew private houses, and beginning in December, 1907, the Chevy Chase Library on Connecticut Avenue in Maryland was rented for Sunday afternoons for $2.50 per Sunday. The first church school began in the Library building with two teachers and twenty children.
THE CHURCH ORGANIZES
On January 26, 1908, the Chevy Chase Pr ...More...
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2020 photos: The year is too new to have anything to report. The Covid-19 disaster cut off most events here in DC after March 11 and even cut off going outside after awhile. Here's hoping honesty and integrity wins for a change this November.
Partially Reviewed: Rough draft. I've gone through these pictures once, removing the worst ones, some duplication, etc. I usually take sequences of 4 or 5 pictures at a time and there are lots of near duplicates. I'll be doing a final review later which will cull the pictures down some. To be honest though, I'm way behind on doing final reviews.