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Clara Barton spent the last years of her long, productive life at this Victorian home within walking distance of Glen Echo Park. Retired as head of the American Red Cross, she lived for nearly another decade in the house. Her creative renovations of the building resulted in a charming and intriguing curiosity. Visitors may view a film of the life of this tireless organizer and explore the home, which is furnished much as she left it. Admission is free.
For more than 170 years, Fourth Presbyterian Church has committed itself to ministering to the people of the Washington area. Through educational programs and regular worship services, the church reaches families, singles and the elderly in the community. Seminary-level classes are offered at the Reformed Theological Seminary, located at Fourth Church. Counseling services are available and a large media center and bookstore are open to the public.
The thriving Downtown Bethesda neighborhood is located at the intersection of the Wisconsin Avenue, Old Georgetown Road and East-West Highway. It features some of the most vibrant areas in the city, including the Bethesda Row, a hub for arts and culture. Besides a range of eating establishments and entertainment centers, Downtown Bethesda is also home to one of the Madonna of the Trail monuments and the Capital Crescent Trail.
Located in Bethesda, this green oasis is the most sought-after venue among international politicians, businessmen and socialites. One look and the lush landscape of Congressional Country Club could be easily taken as a vacation retreat. As inviting as the exteriors, the club doesn't let you down with its regal decor and state-of-art amenities. Guests indulge themselves in the excellent hospitality and tranquil scenic views of this club. Captivating views and a successful event leaves everyone wanting for more!
A frequent site of nationally significant memorial services, the National Cathedral is open to worshipers of all denominations. Under construction for most of the 20th Century and completed and consecrated in 1990, this Gothic cathedral is the sixth largest in the world. Flying buttresses, gargoyles, crypts, a 98-foot (30-meter) vaulted ceiling and many intimate chapels contribute to this architectural masterpiece. The grounds invite exploration with curving walkways, well-kept hedges and spacious lawns from which to view the city.
Settled on the hilly lawns of a naval fort in upper northwest Washington, the Observatory measures the times and positions of the stars. Visitors may watch a short movie and view the precision clocks and high-powered telescope. Though it is not generally open to the public, visitors can catch a glimpse of its fine Victorian exterior. Tours are held on select days. Up to 90 people are admitted per tour and prior reservations need to be made through their website.
Washington DC's Rock Creek Park is elegantly bestowed by the historical Peirce Mill. The mill is one of the foremost gristmills in the region, and is currently under the purview of National Park Service. Currently, this mill is a living museum that reflects the American economy prevalent in the 1820s era.